Innovative Models and Tools

We welcome your thoughts and ideas on the following topics to address the six strategic needs identified within the Innovative Models and Tools category:

  • Actions currently under way
  • Other actions that could be under way
  • Challenges we face in implementing actions
  • Potential solutions to address the challenges we face in implementing actions

The six strategic needs identified under this category include the following:

  • Adopt new risk management tools and processes in order to manage cascading consequences of interactions among infrastructure and all hazards.
  • Employ alternative surge models to meet the challenging confluences of social, technological, environmental, economic, and political factors and conditions.
  • Establish flexible frameworks that optimize emergency management inter-operability across all boundaries, because of increasing jurisdictional and technological complexities.
  • Plan and coordinate around shared interests and interdependencies to exercise the entire range of emergency management capabilities.
  • Remediate hidden vulnerabilities in critical supplies – from water to energy to medical products –to offset threats to the full scope of emergency management activities.
  • Influence the development of emerging technologies that advance emergency management capabilities.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss any or all of these topics. We look forward to hearing from you!

Innovative Models and Tools

Submitted by (@kk4fpk)

FEMA Independent Study Online Profiles

Create an online system where users can log in to take FEMA Independent Study Courses. This system will allow user keep track all of the course they have taken online; to include the course information, course completion date, and a way to download the certificate again if needed. This system could also recommend additional courses to take based on previous courses taken. This system will also allow users to log in ...more »

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Submitted by (@vanmikehill)

School Shootings

Let every class room in the USA adopt a dog for each class room.These dogs could be let loose at any non authorized intruder who would be at that point occupied by barking dogs and not targeting not people. The kids would learn how to care for their class pet and the class pet would help protect the class. If all dogs are let loose at the same time on the intruder the intruder will have no time to attack the kids or anyone ...more »

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Submitted by (@adam003)

Earthquake Buddy - new mobile app to save 1000s in quake zones

New iPhone mobile app, EARTHQUAKE BUDDY, that sends an automatic and instantaneous email from the cloud to 4 friends/loved-ones in the event of an earthquake greater than 5.5. We know that most damage to telco infrastructure happens 1-2 minutes into an earthquake. EARTHQUAKE BUDDY harnesses community engagement with high technology to alert loved ones as to their whereabouts. The email contains a geo-tagged map of ...more »

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Submitted by (@creativeogre)

Sister Cities/Towns "We do not bring victims to the scene" pt.2

I wish to propose a program that all jurisdiction can be part of, and would also help areas share their knowledge and help training for such an event. Develop sister cities with jurisdictions that are 50 to 60 miles away in each direction. Match the size of the community served with each other and limit the partnership to one comparable agency in each direction, for example county A has 7 towns in the county. County ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Think Tank Review Group

I suggest that FEMA form a review panel to carefully evaluate all the ideas presented on Think Tank. The limited voting and comments by persons who may have very minimal preparedness experience may cause a good idea to be ignored. A review panel could function using the Internet, so cost to operate such a panel would be minimal. The secret is to have highly experienced EMs (Emergency Managers) on such a panel.

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Submitted by (@kk4fpk)

Real Time Plume Modeling

Develop software that can be used/accessed on a secure network that is pre-populated with Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Toxic Industrial Materials (TIC/TIM). Weather information will be 'fed' to the system in real time. Information can be viewed by radius around an inciden site, whole city, state, etc. If an incident occurs in an area, emergency responders will automatically be able to see what potential hazards are in ...more »

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Innovative Models and Tools

Submitted by (@perryforpresident1)

Search for alternatives to TH Program

I think it's important that FEMA start researching options which can help us get away from the current Temporary Housing program in which we lease travel trailers and mobile homes to disaster survivors. There are so many options out there from cement fabric "tent" structures that can be trucked or flown in to provide immediate shelter in 24 hours, modular home options, earth shelter structures and longer term cottages ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Checklist of Post-Disaster Scams

After nearly every major disaster the scam "artists" make an effort to take money, assets, I.D.s, and other valuables from the disaster victims. Although this is a problem for law enforcement, Emergency Managers need to help disaster victims become aware of the scams just as soon as possible. Law enforcement personnel will typically provide announcements on the types of scams that have been discovered, and there seems ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Resource Allocation Chart(s)

Emergency management & disaster recovery resources are generally scarce, and need to be carefully managed. One effective management tool is to chart all the potential risks/ disasters, for each community, and then chart all resources to be assigned in the event an anticipated emergency occurs. Priorities need to be assigned for resource allocation as related to possible/ probable emergency events for your community. ...more »

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Submitted by (@jwoodco)

Damage Assessment App

Pierce County Emergency Management in Washington State developed a damage assessment app (for Apple and Android platforms) that expedites the damage assessment process, sending critical information to the EOC almost immediately after an incident -- with fewer personnel committed to the field. This tool also provides real time situational awareness via pictures and placement on a map to inform EOC operations. The International ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

Modeling & Hazard Assessment

Most natural and man-made disasters have common features that facilitate modeling of each type of disaster. EMs (Emergency Managers) may then adjust these models to their local conditions to undertake their own hazard assessment for each type of disaster they are concerned with. These EM assessments then provide a means to determine areas where local emergency preparedness needs to be improved. ----------- N.B. My ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

EM Exchanges

For one week every 3 or 4 months, Emergency Managers (EMs) should exchange places and duties with other EMs within reasonable travel distance. The idea is for EMs to learn from each other, see different types of preparedness programs, and perhaps discover new techniques for motivating local populations to be prepared. For safety reasons, it might take an extra EM to facilitate a staged, secure exchange when any two ...more »

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