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All contractors doing business with federal agencies as part of the contract should have their employees trained in ICS and NIMS. Especially those agencies that are most likely to be part of a disaster / pandemic response, HHS CDC etc. CERT training would not be a bad addition either this way employees are able to assist themselves, their families, communities and workplaces thereby reducing the load on the agencies they ...more »
Partner with retailers to " Green Tag " ( not picky about the color just green is CERT ) or special aisle ( like baby items ) items that would be best to pick up during normal shopping for their disaster kits. Items like batteries, canned food, bottled water etc. that could be ' green tagged ' as a reminder to have extra of these items on hand and not try to run out to find these items just before a storm hits. Disaster ...more »
Building resiliency should begin with the kids in jr high and high school, getting these kids interested could be helped by creating " CERT Games " where CERT trained school kids compete against other schools in competitions demonstrating preparedness skills. Like the ' JEMS Games ' for EMS, link here: http://www.jems.com/article/training/2012-jems-games-use-simulation-integrate-0 it would give a forum for these kids ...more »
FEMA and CERT need to engage celebrities, notably action hero actors and actresses, in the promotion of preparedness and CERT volunteerism. Once that is done have national and local news channels feature that spokesperson weekly in delivering a preparedness message or demonstration of training. this would give local areas a way of advertising their upcoming trainings and events.