Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

The OpenFEMA initiative is FEMA's vision for open government that embraces the tenets of transparency, participation and collaboration to support citizens and first responders by increasing government accountability, innovation, and effectiveness.

The goals of the OpenFEMA initiative are:

  • Release high-value data sets on an ongoing basis, so it is easier to find and more accessible for the public in times of a disaster;
  • Build a transparent and interactive connection with members of the public through an online dialogue with external constituencies;
  • Provide information and data in more useful formats to enable citizens, the private sector and non-government organizations to leverage the data in innovative and value-added ways.

This campaign hopes to generate discussion on a number of topics, including:

  • Using FEMA’s data
  • Ways to improve your experience using FEMA datasets
  • Other areas of focus for future datasets

Feel free to comment on or discuss any of these issues. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

Submitted by (@stone.donnie)

Active Shooter Training for Fire EMS Personnel

Our public safety department has done quite a bit of research regarding active shooter incidents, and we are currently evaluating different response models to find options that would best fit our needs. That said, several of our personnel that have attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) were curious if they would be offering or considering to offer any sort of active shooter training for Fire ...more »

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Submitted by (@bnordgren)

Amateur Radio Resource Types

The approach to volunteer emergency communications seems disconnected from the NIMS philosophy. The role (or roles) of ham radio with respect to the communication needs of an ongoing incident should be examined, and pertinent resource types should be identified. At the very least, resource types focused on on-incident comms should be distinct from resource types focused on connecting the incident to the outside world. ...more »

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Submitted by (@oaugustof8)

Prevention and preparation are the keys

EDUCATION ON PREVENTION AND PREPARATION IS THE KEY General objective 1.Former leaders in preparation for emergencies and contingencies. 2. Establish local emergency committees Particular objectives - short-term -: Participants will learn to: To understand and to put in practice the essential concepts of prevention and preparedness for emergencies and disasters events, through the management of crisis plant ...more »

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Submitted by (@rmueck)

Coordinated Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement (primarily) seems to have forgotten the concept of the Staging Area when responding to a Mass Casualty incident like an Active Shooter. Offices have been taught to "go in" rather than wait. We have accepted the risk of being shot in an effort to stop the continued shooting. And I agree with this concept when it comes to the officers who are on duty and respond to the scene as dispatched. My issue is ...more »

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Submitted by (@daniel.swinnerton)

Code names for activities nationwide

I work at a local hospital and we have emergency response codes. I think this should be standardized nationwide. Example in our hospital we have a CODE SILVER: active shooter/killer. I have a friend who works at the air base clinic in Bellevue and their code name is CODE BLACK. Now there is a TV show stating that CODE BLACK is when an ER department is overwhelmed. If we use these codes as emergencies they should be standardized ...more »

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Submitted by (@dalellewellyn)

Start now

We are living 100 years back in time.Start putting all new grids underground and when servicing old power lines put them under also.It is a proven fact that above ground power lines are the first to go during ANY storm.I have submitted this idea over a year ago and things could have already been accomplished if anyone got off their bottoms.Also if you check you'll find out that this is a recurring problem leaving millions ...more »

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Employee evaluation of Management

Employees rate FEMA an "F" over the last 6 Emp Satisfaction Surveys. To address this, FEMA needs to weed out the incompetent, self-serving employees who are in roles of supervision and management. This suggestion is for Employees to evaluate their supervisors/managers at the end of deployment, just like employees themselves are evaluated. This measurement should be used to determine is the individual should remain ...more »

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Submitted by (@jonnakapalau)

Surge Capacity for Ebola

It is time for FEMA to formulate both intrinsic/extrinsic and evacuee-related plans to address situations (like the current ebola crisis).

 

This should include public/private resources that address not only the situation but also widespread public reaction to the event.

 

Such an event may serve the propaganda purposes of terrorist groups that may seek to exploit the situation in furtherance of their agenda.

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Submitted by (@jc0000)

Which initial triage tags, are best day/night, hot or freezing?

Conducting/supporting a study that compares all currently available triage tagging tools (different styles of paper tags, triage ribbon, reflective slap wrap wrist bands, colored clothes pins, chemical lights, single colored chemlight alternatives, triage lights and paper tags with RFID) in daytime, nighttime and adverse condition scenarios. There are several studies that compare triage methods but I have found only one ...more »

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Teaching young adults the importance of Homeland Security

I have no idea what is taught to high school kids today as far as Homeland security goes, as I have no kids in school. I stumbled on "Risk Management Fundamentals: Homeland Security Risk Management Doctrine." and thought it would be a great teaching tool. It also got me thinking about how young the recruits are for ISIS and the like. They are teaching kids under the age of 10 to hate and kill us, and showing them how ...more »

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Remove Google Earth Maps and Co Names from "At Risk" Buildings

I recommend the Federal Government remove Google Maps and Company Names from buildings for "at risk" terrorist targets. The Federal Government should, for example, require their defense contractors to remove their company names from their buildings and to wipe such business addresses referenced on the internet. Google Maps should be required to eliminate such locations/mapping from their online maps application. This ...more »

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Submitted by (@jc0000)

Are we 24/7 Field Triage Prepared?

Original post, http://fema.ideascale.com/a/dtd/24-7-Field-Triage-Preparedness/319348-14692 Top 15 for 3 years. The recognition & adoption of a standardized national illuminated color coded system for triaging MCI patients 24/7. Today different States & organizations use different triage cards & tapes to triage patients. The one thing they all have in common is not the language or format of the triage cards but it is ...more »

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