Building and Sustaining Preparedness: A National Campaign

Our nation’s resilience depends on you and your neighbors preparing for potential hazards in your communities. We want to increase outreach efforts and encourage everyone to take actionable steps to be prepared.

We’ve extended the conversation period and your posts on the topics listed below will help us begin to develop a national campaign encouraging people to take actions in their everyday lives to prepare for disasters. This effort is a major part of Presidential Policy Directive 8 / PPD-8: National Preparedness – and it is one of the most visible ways the whole community will be involved in keeping our nation safe and resilient.

Click the links below to access the topic’s page, where you can post your ideas, and read and comment on others’ ideas. We look forward to hearing from you now and as more topics are posted.

(@gemayer1025)

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City knows best

Wife and I have both taken the Coumminty Emergency responce training. I even took the train the trainer program. above the director of our city teem objection. She toold me I could not take it I told her the state of Missouri said I could. So to get even she will not allow me to teach any classes. So I took on the passion of spreading the work to church or any one who wants to learn. I have found that people think it ...more »

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Portable power supply units(vehicles). CS

When an area is struck by a disaster the most major thing people are in need of is power for many things from air cleaning and ac to heat and lights for searching for survivors. I am currently working on the composition of a vehicle that can supply volunteers that go into a "Disaster Area" with rechargable power units,lighting,communication units, and several other power reliant sources that are detromental to such "Disaster ...more »

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(@rockylopes)

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Make it simple, easy, and part of everyday life

Pioneering work done after the Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) where grants were given to community-based organizations to fund activities to enhance preparedness resulted in lessons that have not been remembered nor applied well after Sept. 11, 2001. Fundamentally, the most important lesson is "make it simple, easy, and a part of everyday life." When provided 1,000-item lists of "stuff" to buy, or lists of "gotta do's" ...more »

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(@sean001)

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Preparing for Recovery and the NDRF

When first-responders leave the scene of a disaster, the survivors often become overwhelmed by the trauma, shock, and stress brought about by losing their home or being displaced. The state of chaos created by disasters coupled with the lack of knowledge of what to do in the aftermath makes disaster survivors vulnerable to making uninformed decisions or falling prey to the many pitfalls that accompany post-disaster scenarios. ...more »

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(@paulapforbes)

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First Responder

I am NFPA & IFSAC certified in Fire fighting & First responder.There has got to be a system set up so that we are mobilized through FEMA. Watching Sandy victims when I know we are more than qualified to do what we are trained for.Governor's have data for all their EMA offices & the First responders. We need a central system.This has been the case for years.Organization is not a strong suit for FEMA. Why haven't all EMA ...more »

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(@rockylopes)

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Communicate Consistently

Much research has demonstrated that people are bombarded with multiple forms of media. Further, the vast majority of people who use on-line resources use a search engine, like Google. Despite giving them a direct URL to a favored disaster prep info site, people will just search for info on a topic. Think about it, when was the last time you used a bookmark or typed in a direct URL into your web browser? People find all ...more »

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(@considercherise)

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Building and Sustaining Preparedness

Schools, churches, after school venues and youth organizations are ideal target locations and groups to promote thiscampaign topic nationally. Just like fire safety and fire, tornado and earthquake drills are practiced regularly throughout the school year, national preparedness could be added as well. Young children are like sponges so they are sure to soak up all of this preparedness info. and talk it up at home. Word ...more »

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(@kia000)

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Educate homeowners about rebuilding process

Although FEMA response efforts generally focus on life safety matters, in recent years it has been burdened with rebuilding. I believe this happened because there is no one government agency that oversees construction. For example, there are agencies at state level that address workers' comp. There are state agencies that regulate licensing. There are agencies at state and federal level that address fraud. In response ...more »

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(@drobinson1)

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Use of EMPG funded positions to supplement FEMA

FEMA funds many state/county emergency management positions. FEMA should consider adding, as part of the grant agreement, the voluntary deployment of EMPG funded personnel to assist in disaster response and recovery. First FEMA would gain a cadre of emergency management employees with knowledge, skills, experience and abilities that could greatly help FEMA perform their mission. By assigning state EMPG funded employee ...more »

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Self Reliance

The first step in a preparedness campaign should be to dtermine the behavior(s) we seek to change. Should it be "have a kit?" "Have a plan?" Perhaps. Suggest the overriding behavior change be self reliance. Suggest we develop a preparedness campaign that promotes self reliance over entitlement and unrealistic expectations.

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(@djduecker)

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It is not a messaging problem, it's a knowledge problem

Perhaps a more significant problem than messaging is our lack of qualified knowledge of the capabilities and assets that reside in the very neighborhoods we assume are deficient. Then, we are puzzled at the absence of success in applying our typically “needs-oriented” solutions. As a result we foster a community of residents that behave as clients dependent on the insufficient services of outside organizations. Dependency ...more »

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temporary housing

The fact that there does not appear to be a rapid response to be able to provide temporary housing in disaster areas where people have lost their homes is not acceptable. We know these disasters are going to continue to happen, and in many cases there is ample warning time to prepare. We should think about how the armed forces must move and adapt quickly to changing conditions and events, and then applied that to natural ...more »

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