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There are commercial products available but are priced too high for small, rural agencies to purchased. The idea is that the federal government can leverage its position as a purchaser to make available a IM kit that contains bar code labels (or the ability to create them), a printer, scanners, and a virtual storage database. Any small agency, or rather, any agency, can bar code their inventory and used the scanners ...more »
With the exception of sensitive items or national security, any advances e.g., blood clotting agents, protective vests, that originates, supports, and are used by the military should be made available for first responders.
Retrofit the metal shipping containers (seen on the large boats) in bunk houses. Make sure that they are insulated for the winter or have A/C for the summer. Some closets for storing gear and clothes should be included. These can be sent throughout the country, or purchased, by EOCs that have the need for them. These sleeping centers can be moved around as needed or stay in one location.
One thing, when designing/building a new EOC, is to incorporate space for people to sleep in. For example, think of the bunks that are seen on a submarine. If something like that can be incorporated into the building for EOC personnel to sleep in, it would be great. It gets people away from sleeping the break room or other people's offices. Hospitals have rooms set aside for the physicians to sleep in why can't an ...more »
If it is at all possible, consider law enforcement having in the vehicles an automated external defibrillator. With their prior knowledge on first aid and CPR, LE usually arrives before EMS and made need additional tools to save a life.
I'll address this from a public health perspective. Through the years, the grant deliverables has reflected a one-size-fits-all approach meaning that public health departments,regardless of location or size of the health department, would be tasked to complete activities identified in the grant. For example, mass prophylaxis planning. Every health department is required to have a plan in place to provide antibiotics ...more »
Similar to what the military is doing with joint bases, I propose that, when a military base has been decommissioned, that it be given to the State so that the State could have a location to train their first responders. This training area then could be used by Fire, LE, EMS, public health, CERT, etc. In this way, opportunities for training with your partners is facilitated. The State, along with the cities/counties, ...more »
Every government building should have rechargeable flashlights. These flashlights are the ones that can be plugged into a standard wall plug and as long as they are plugged in, they are in a charged mode. Have these flashlights where only employees have access to them, that is to say, these flashlights should be in the employee's cubicle, office, or breakroom
Consider having mandatory vaccinations for first responders on the premise that vaccinations can reduce infection and absenteeism among workers as well as prevent their co-workers from getting ill. A committee will need to determine what vaccinations are absolutely needed, maybe Health and Human Services, the CDC, or Institute of Medicine could assist on this. For those that have contraindications or religious exemptions, ...more »
I don't know if there is one currently or in development, but similar to the Medical Reserve Corp, the EMRC will be comprised of current, former EM professionals as well as like-minded individuals who would support EM during emergencies or disasters by volunteering their time and sharing their expertise. In small, rural counties you usually have minimal staffing levels (1 to 3 staff ) during normal business hours; that ...more »
Many of the ideas that I have read on this forum has referenced smartphones. While there are obvious limitations to this idea, there are some merits. Basically, it involves placing solar charging panels, storage batteries, identifying placard, and phone docks on emergency response vehicles. The solar panel is located on top of car (think Primus) and the charging station could be located on the back bumper. If someone ...more »
When an agencies computer or laptop gets replaced, consider donating this equipment to another agency. Prior to donation, make sure that any agency-related data is removed, but not any of the software programs e.g. Microsoft Word or Excel. There are many rural or small agencies that could benefit from such a donation. If, by chance, there are federal grant restrictions (or state or local restrictions) against donating ...more »
It should be promoted and encourage for everyone, to the extent possible, donate blood. For the purpose of this website, I will propose the idea that agencies involved in response, should give their employees a half-day to donate blood. This half-day should not count against sick leave or vacation time unless it has been determine that the employee abused this practice. This half-day can be scheduled in advanced or ...more »
Sweet'N Low, Splenda, and other producers could include emergency preparedness tips, or other topics, on sugar packets. Maybe add a hyperlink if the reader desired additional information.
When you are at a movie theater, often not there are 15 minutes of trailers, fillers, and other information that is previewed before the movie starts. Consider introducing emergency preparedness topics/tidbits for the movie patrons to read. They do not have to be long...approximately 30 seconds or so. For example, inform them to buy extra can goods while at the grocery store, or a reminder to check the batteries in ...more »
Consider having OCR aztec codes outside of a building that contains information for the public to use during an emergency. For example, at an identified point of dispensing clinic (POD), create and affix your OCR code outside the door. The code should contain instructions for anyone who has a smartphone to access. For example, when they report to POD, the instructions mayinclude: bring an ID, weight(s) of their children, ...more »
For many of us, we exercise our emergency response plans, not only for training, but to modify/update said plans. Disconcerting is the fact, that many of the exercises are announced way in advanced. Consider the proposition that agencies should engage in "no knock exercises". A no-knock exercise is a form of an exercise that my NCOIC's clinic would participate in. Basically, and with no notice, he would create an ...more »
The recession has left many agencies with minimal staffing levels and underutilized office space and equipment. What has not changed is the mission of first responders still continues. It is proposed that agencies consider sharing; loaning; or accepting nominal fees for the use of;resources e.g. laptops, desktops, office space with other agencies. For example, the public health department is open from 8 am to 5 pm, ...more »