FEMA Think Tank

Helping citizens, help first responders find them in aftermath

Recognizing a simple visual based system that allows communication between survivors/nonsurvivors and responders in aftermath of a disaster, when a disaster alert is issued, the citizens in the affected area that cannot evacuate prepare as they normally do but add one step, tag children w/solid red lights, women w/solid green lights, men w/solid blue lights & pets w/yellow lights. Once the disaster passes the surviving citizens change their lights to a flashing selection to indicate their survival, location and group makeup. Now there is the option of utilizing 12 of 24 hrs we currently do not by doing flyovers or high ground observations at night and gather information to plan first light rescue operations. When system is recognized no one has to hand out lights before a disaster, people equip themselves just like they should with food, water, radios, batteries, etc.., the elderly/disabled in disaster prone areas could be pre-equipped through programs. Simply educate responders and citizens to recognize/utilize the system as an optional way of recognizing/conveying survival. In cases of short or no warning even cellular phone screens could be used (most of us carry one) and there are free phone apps that illuminate the screens. Phone screens do not depend on external power or functioning towers but durable LED lights are optimal. Keeping in mind that no system is 100%, let’s take Katrina as an example, if only 10% of the 100,000 that did not evacuate utilized the system successfully that is 10,000 people who could benefit. For daytime signaling, VS-17 panels would work.



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Idea No. 132