Strategic Foresight Initiative

The Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) is a transformative, community-wide effort to create an enduring foresight capability. It is intended to advance strategic planning and thinking about the future, to prepare the emergency management community both for emerging challenges and for the key opportunities presented by our changing environment. Its core focus is to understand the factors driving change in our world, and to analyze how they will impact the emergency management field in the United States over the next 20 years. Fundamentally, the SFI seeks two outcomes: (1) an emergency management community prepared for whatever challenges the future holds; and (2) a common sense of direction and urgency, to drive action toward meeting our shared future needs—starting today. Achieving these objectives will require ongoing conversations among diverse stakeholders, the creation of a common sense of awareness, and leadership throughout the community to make the needed changes to prepare our Nation for the future.

FEMA is only one member of the emergency management community. Therefore, to expand our community’s exposure to and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing us, the SFI engages all levels of government, non-profits, businesses and individuals. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input on the challenges and opportunities the future holds for emergency and disaster management. Your ideas will help shape the future work of the SFI.

The SFI adopted a rigorous approach to thinking about future needs for emergency management. The Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report represents the most comprehensive analysis to date of the future outlook facing those in our community of practice.

We are providing three discussion topics – highlighted in section III of the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 Report - for you to contribute and share your ideas with the emergency management community.

To learn more about SFI and to read additional research materials, we encourage you to visit our website.

Strategic Foresight Initiative

Submitted by (@spaceworker3)

prevention of chaos at gas pumps in the event of power outage

In a recent power grid failure that affected Ohio and W. Virginia, I noticed long lines of cars at a gas station in Coolville, OH. The only station for miles that could pump gas because they had a back-up generator. Why can't we have gas stations at strategic locations in our communities that are equipped to handle these situations similarly. They should be located to minimize major traffic problems through long lines ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Prevent Misuse of Preparedness Funds

All too often, in the past as well as now, congressional delegations & state legislatures have diverted preparedness funds away from all types of emergency preparedness projects ... and funds were used for "political pork" on efforts unrelated to preparedness. In the interest of public safety, FEMA has a fiduciary obligation to help assure that preparedness funds are used for preparedness purposes. All citizens need ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Special EM Internships

At a time when recent college graduates find it difficult to obtain really meaningful employment, it may be time for FEMA to offer significant numbers of Emergency Management (EM) Internships. In order to gain a meaningful EM work experience, and a credible "block" of experience for their resumes, many prospective interns might be willing to volunteer or work for very minimal wage. This would be a "win-win-win" situation ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Grow Shelter-in-Place Emergency Foods

Individuals, families, & businesses can participate in growing their own emergency food supply indoors 24/7/356. Using sunlight tubes or grow-lights, grow-beds w/ special soil mixes, & micro-drip irrigation, it is possible to grow significant amounts of food in a very small space. During summer months, you can expand to grow on a porch or balcony ... and even add some edible landscaping around your home or office. ...more »

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Submitted by (@vzgeorgrcostich)

Use of Trains for Hurricaine Evacuations.

In past hurricanes, thousands of Public Trucks, Police Cars, Buses, Fire Apparatus, Ambulances, Heavy Equipment, etc, were abandoned to the storm when they could have been loaded onto trains, and shipped to safety, so that they could have been put back into service when the flood receded. The intelligent use of trains would save many millions of dollars and greatly speed up recovery.

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Volunteer Design Teams for Disaster Resistant Structures

If global warming accelerates the number, size, & scope of natural disasters, as indicated by the best scientific evidence, the U.S. is expected to suffer the loss of many homes & businesses. We can no longer afford to replace these homes & businesses ...or to construct new homes/ businesses in areas of probable future disaster... unless they are designed & constructed to be disaster resistant. If we fail to do so, these ...more »

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Submitted by (@drudek)

Service Animals in Emergency Disaster Shelters - Training

I had the pleasure of speaking to a number of VMAT team members (Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams) at the most recent Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. (I hold a Master's degree in Assistance Dog Studies and now specialize in Assistance Dog Law.) VMATs are often called during deployments to the Emergency Shelters because a person with a disability is seeking shelter and is requesting that they be allowed to have their ...more »

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Submitted by (@laurie.vanleuven)

Crowdsourcing for Situational Awareness - Australian Example

Citizens are key to resiliency and they expect to use social media during disasters as part of a comprehensive, layered info system. While some agencies use social media to distribute info, we have largely ignored the huge potential of crowdsorcing to help verify and inform the whole community. Social media is also critical for communities to self organize recovery efforts (cleanup party at a school, or clearing debris). ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Insurance Company Support

We are seeing the reality of global warming in more fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that destroy lives, homes, & businesses. As a nation we therefore cannot continue to do business in the usual way. This means that new homes/ businesses, to include those constructed to replace what was lost, need to be earth sheltered and/ or otherwise designed to be resistant to probable destruction ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Planning to Shelter-in-Place

I suggest that FEMA help to provide the public w/ home & business plans so newly constructed homes/ businesses are built w/ the means to easily shelter-in-place. Tax incentives & insurance premium reduction should be given to owners who undertake such construction for themselves or for renters. Ideally, a shelter-in-place home/ business would be earth sheltered (insofar as possible), and have Lexan blast-proof windows ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Ethics: The Foundation for Preparedness

In recent hearings by Congress, the Dept. of Homeland Security & FEMA were found to have several recent violations of established ethical standards. If corrupt activities erode public trust, preparedness efforts are generally weakened. Most Americans already lack trust in Congress because a majority of our elected representatives become "hooked" on "political payola" (large, sustained campaign contributions) ...from ...more »

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