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.

(@theownerbuilder)

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Construction Talk Radio

A live interactive dialog designed to be duplicated nationwide. Sustainable due to construction advertisers. A venue where professionals and officials network the building industry for awareness, preparation and mitigation. Already proven a top rated radio program in northern CA, the pilot program a huge success. Now the task of listener-ship gain and duplication to create a nationwide disaster awareness network. See ...more »

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A Crazy Idea of How To Correct A Flooded Area. CS

Pardon me for saying this as I'm not a vulcanologist but one of the biggest crisis we have in the US and many parts of the world is flooding. Tons of water where no place for this water to go. So,.what can we do. Let's look at this. From time to time there is another traggic event that hapenes and that is the discovery of a "sink-hole"! A sink-hole apprears in foreign countries and have appearred in the US as well. So ...more »

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(@wilsonsave)

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highlands promise stage 1 prt 2

each family will now have knowledge to give them some peace of mind in them knowing what to expect they will also be able to go online and view a three deminsionial walk through of their homes so they can make changes to make their homes more efficient green if u will [our zone organizers can also teach the family the how to assist in the aftermath with building skills {{Jimmy Carter built 100 homes in a week }} Stage ...more »

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(@wilsonsave)

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highlands promise 20 yr plan

from my understanding the habitat for humanity was started so that victoms of a catostropic events could rebuild their own communities from with in so that the money from government funding could recirculate in the disaster zone.so the economy could recover along with the structures that were destroyed The stafford act is the law that also was designed to keep the funding in the zones that are affected..this was not the ...more »

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(@bnoder)

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National preparedness standards

While not an advocate of a Federal law for everything, I think national preparedness must indeed be NATIONAL. The states have uneven preparedness mandates for schools, but schools could be the foundation of national preparedness efforts. Schools could devote an hour or two each month for some aspect of age-appropriate preparedness instruction. This information will, in my experience, find its way to the students' homes, ...more »

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(@hopken)

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ADD Deployment

I am a frequent traveler and have thus chosen to use my cell phone for contact with ADD when they call to deploy. I do not choose to leave my cell phone on 24/7. I have already had the experience where ADD called and stated, "You have 30 minutes to respond to this deployment request." Needless to say I missed the 30 minute window of opportunity. On the other hand, I am slavishly devoted to email. I would like to recommend ...more »

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(@pfoster)

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floating, flying, rolling cities of hope-from gainesville fl

using unemployed people and surplus government and military equipment to create 3 cities of hope. 1 - rolling - has a home base which can be activated quickly and moved into lg transportation carriers to move by land. 2 - flying - lg cargo planes capable of flying city of hope. 3 -floating - use of lg retired military or commercial ships. The cities of hope would be capable of instant deployment to any location and would ...more »

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(@diane.matuszak)

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take human nature into account

It strikes me that the biggest barrier to building and sustaining preparedness is human nature. When incidents happen in rapid succession (example: repeated tornados in the Mid-West) people suffer from burnout/ disaster fatigue. When incidents carry high consequences but low likelihood or long inter-incident intervals, people dismiss the risk as being too remote and unlikely and get complacent. In my opinion, this makes ...more »

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(@diane.matuszak)

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marketing

Take advantage of post- incident heightened awareness, focusing on the opportunity to exploit mitigation. Build on marketing or advertising experience thus far “See something, say something” is easy to remember and has borne some fruit and it will likely continue to be useful for suspicious activity and perhaps for some technical/accidental events when there may be warning signs of imminent system failure. I was thinking ...more »

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(@generomano1)

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The First 72

While there are many variations of 72-hour preparedness plans, none are pocket size. "The First 72" could be a basic tri-fold pamphlet (8 1/2 X 11 paper size ... similar to other products FEMA distributes) that could easily fit in a person's pocket or purse. If it was cost-effective, this pamphlet could be laminated for extra durability. This tri-fold style would create six panels; one for a cover and key points and ...more »

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(@diane.matuszak)

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concrete steps for citizens

Over time, we need to shift focus of citizens’ response and recovery expectations from federal level to local and state/territorial/tribe levels (correct public misperceptions and inflated expectations regarding federal role in response and recovery)It is important to educate the general population on concrete steps that can be taken to minimize (mitigate) risk such as strictly enforced building codes, flood insurance ...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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(@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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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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(@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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