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Sample MetaScenario: A Category 5 hurricane on the scale of Hurricane Andrew is fast approaching southern Florida, forcing mass evacuations in preparation for landfall. Even as the state takes its normal actions, hospitals across Florida and surrounding states are reporting unusually high numbers of patients exhibiting symptoms of a fatal and fast-spreading illness of unknown origin. Compounding both of these issues is a large population of non-English speaking residents and large elderly and disabled community. Clearly, both the pending hurricane and the rapidly spreading illness are critical priorities. All hospitals are full or in the hurricane path. Forty percent or more of the first responders are, or soon will, exhibit signs of illness, further weakening the resources typically used to help and further taxing the system. As the hurricane makes landfall, 7 million people across Florida are in an evacuation zone. Over 190,000 people are dead from the mystery illness, which is now believed to be food-born and not contagious, but still the source is unknown. Another 265,000 are requiring immediate medical attention. Furthermore, transportation workers, utility workers, and other key response workers are among those impacted by the illness, and are unable to keep up with power outages and other infrastructure failures.

Resource Distribution: After reading the above scenario, tell us how you think the private sector can find ways to draw on private sector capabilities and expertise to help establish a more effective national logistics capability to move and distribute all the material and supplies needed to meet the needs of 1.5 million disaster survivors within the first 72 hours of a response.

All of topics are designed to stimulate creative, out-of-the box thinking. We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on all of the topics.

(@randall)

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SANDY--affordable Solar Light and Cellphone charging units

I live in NYC and I have a start-up company that works to distribute portable solar energy solutions to the extremely impoverished living in Liberia. I would be more than willing to mobilize my network of contacts in the industry to bring solar lanterns that are also capable of charging cell phones. I also have access to some larger, more powerful systems that are ready to go out of the package. This would require ...more »

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(@trinthen1)

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Deconstruction Reconstruction Units

DUE TO THE MASSIVE BREAKAGE OCCURRING TO MOST HOUSES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, A UNIT THAT REESTABLISHES CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT SUCH AS BRICKS IS EXTRMELY NECESSARY AND WILL BENEFIT CLEANUP ALL THE MORE. THIS IS NOT A WAIT TILL PROJECT ,, IT IS AN IMMEDIATE SOLUTION THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED CITIWIDE COVERING ALL 5 BOROS,INCLUDING LONG ISLAND , AND NEW JERSEY..... PLEASE SEND IMMEDIATE RESPONSE VIA TEXT OR PHONE ...more »

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Portable hotels available

There's a company in the UK that I read about recently (snoozebox.com) that has portable hotel rooms in shipping containers that are able to be shipped anywhere in the world and easily set up. They wouldn't be comfortable for long-term stays, but they would sure work in a pinch. It might be useful for the needs of temporarily displaced people.

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(@lizitx)

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Temporary use of the closed Catholic Schools in L.I.

There are some closed Catholic School buildings with good size rooms that if the Government authorize and some construction volunteer workers may quickly convert into small appartments for families with children. They have the stall toiletts and sinks but showers should be added. They would not have a kitchen for each family, but they have large kitchens and cafeterias, that could be converted into a restaurant for ...more »

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(@fintan28)

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Sandy Fuel shortage work around

I'm a retired electrical contractor. Saw this morning a story on fuel shortages due to no power at the gas stations. There probably is a huge amount of fuel now stored that way. I also see the power trucks Being shipped in to restore power. The military has generator trucks & Portable gens could be provided to the power crews. It would be relatively simple for these crews to isolate the power panels at the stations ...more »

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(@lizitx)

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Sharing land and infrastructure

Sharing the driveways and infrastructure, neighbors may accomodate trailer homes which come with all the appliances and may be connected to the utilities and sewers during the reconstruction time. The middle lands which used to have Mobil Home Parks may be restored to offer quick accomodations and independence to people. Owners of 2 or 3 homes that are not rented should offer those homes to people who are homeless after ...more »

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(@lizitx)

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Neighbors sharing land

Sharing the driveways and infrastructure, neighbors may accomodate trailer homes which come with all the appliances and may be connected to the utilities and sewers during the reconstruction time. The middle lands which used to have Mobil Home Parks may be restored to offer quick accomodations and independence to people. Owners of 2 or 3 homes that are not rented should offer those homes to people who are homeless after ...more »

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RV

I, and likely many people, Have an RV that is no longer is use. Possibly these could be used for temporary housing. Mine, has heat, shower, Kitchen, washer/dryer and could hold a family of 4 easily for a month or more.

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Housing

May people, like myself, have a RV that could be used for temporary housing. Mine has capabilty to hold a family of 4, a kitchen, shower, bathroom, washer/dryer,.

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(@faye.easley)

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Housing Relief

Yesterday I saw news concerning the retirement of the ship Enterprise. Why not park it in the New York Harbor and in that way provide shelter, energy and food for the homeless (mostly those affected by Sandy)?

 

Thanks for letting me share this idea!

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Real-Time Emergency Service Allocation Response System (RESARS)

Rapid disaster information systems are becoming important means for strengthening prevention and social resilience against the adverse effects of major natural events and should therefore become the keystones of disaster mitigation. According to reported statistics from losses due to past earthquake, it seems that earthquake early-warning systems have not been so successful in real disastrous situations. Although there ...more »

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(@harrism100)

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Water, Then Food

Regardless of where you get the water (I would NOT use the 15 gallons in my water heater even if I could get them out--electricity loss means water loss in my neighborhood). you need large quantities in ready supply. CERT members think in terms of a 3-day disaster. That means water before food. We recommend 1 gallon per person per day. For the non-human members of the family, you may need a bit less (a wolf-dog hybrid ...more »

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(@rjmorrison)

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Sandy relief

The Enterprise just completed its last cruise. It has a nuclear power plant that can support a small city. Why not give it one more mission of providing power for part of NY and possible provide power for hurting parts of NJ. It would not detract from defense mission. NY and NJ needs immediate help both from a physical and morale stand point. Let's take the two helicopter carriers committed to supporting the storm ...more »

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Stop Union Interference in Relief Efforts

Officials from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers presented Alabama-based Decatur Utilities with documents that “required our folks to affiliate with the union,” Ray Hardin, general manager of Decatur. “That was something that we could not agree to. It was our understanding and still is that it was a requirement for us to work in that area.” Hardin said most of his six-man, four-vehicle crew was stuck ...more »

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(@harrism100)

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Have Booth at Every Public Event

We (Pemberton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey) try to have a booth at every public event where large crowds are expected. When we have other duties at an event, we usually have an Awareness/Recruiting booth. At the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival (where the modern cultivated blueberry was developed), we asked everyone who came near our booth, "Are you prepared for a disaster?" We handed out brochures and recruited ...more »

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