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Evaluations for reservists

The evaluation required from a JFO for a reservists is inadequate at best and I believe underutilized as a result. The evaluation needs to be revised from pass fail to a 1-10 scale on each item (items need revision as well) with a written explanation required for each item with special emphasis placed on the upper and lower limits to include recommendations for improvement on the lower end and recommendations for the ...more »

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IM Rotational Assignments for PFTs

FEMA should consider offering rotational assignments in the IM workforce to PFTs. There are many PFTs who actually enjoy field work and being directly involved with recovery. They also enjoy the stability of a PFT position. They might not be willing to give up their PFT position for an IM-CORE, but they would take a rotational assignment to be primarily IM-deployable or deployed to disasters for one or two years. ...more »

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Geographically Uniques Areas Require Specific Planning

As we have seen during the 2017 hurricane season, the United States has multiple unique geographic areas to respond to; Pacific, Caribbean, Alaska, and Monroe County, FL. I can only speak to Monroe County, Florida presently as to its uniqueness for FEMA. It is a string of keys/islands with one road in and one road out; the county is divided into 4 areas: upper keys, middle keys, lower keys, and Key West a series of ...more »

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NFPA 1600 Handbook: Emergency Management and Continuity

I am educated in Project Management and Project Evaluation techniques. I have applied these skills for projects and for evaluation of an organization that implemented and emergency management program. NFPA 1600 is the Standard used for Emergency Management and Continuity Program implementation. I am wondering why FEMA is not following these standards. I have never heard this standard mentioned at FEMA and wonder ...more »

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Language Line and Spanish interpreters

As part of the Disaster Assistance Call Center, we have received an abundance of Spanish-speaking calls. ISSUES: 1. Many people utilize the Language Line (LL) interpreters for Spanish interpretation, but wait times can be up to an hour long. I struggle in communicating the possible wait time and therefore the survivor is not aware of the possible hour long wait.. There have been instances the survivor hangs up the ...more »

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SENIOR-FLEX WORK FROM HOME CALL CENTER

FEMA would greatly benefit by implementing a 55+ workforce for positions as Senior-Flex Work From Home Call Center Specialists. The agency is already strained with 85% of its workforce deployed, and the hurricane season is not over. Many “highly skilled” senior workers spend decades developing professionalism. They show responsibility, act ethically, demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving ...more »

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FEMA SCORE for PA operations

Introduction: Public Assistance accounts for 51% of FEMA budget. When disaster declared FEMA rushes hundreds of personnel to man the JFO and AFOs. Who should be doing what? Need: FEMA Disaster Management needs a quick and readily available way to evaluate and match available personnel pool with the required tasks. Why not have a FEMA SCORE attached to each disaster PA person. Assigned when somebody joins FEMA, and updated ...more »

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PUERTO RICO WATER DESALINATION OPTIONS AND CALCULATIONS

PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being ...more »

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Short wave link ups

As I help families locate loved ones in Barranquitas and Adjuntas Puerto Rico from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The frustration of having an army of "Ham Operators" State side not being able to get operators we know are available in Puerto Rico. Power is our biggest problem today. These licensed short wave operators have no power. How in today's day an age is this even possible? Bureaucracy. We over think the problem. I have worked ...more »

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Shareing mitigation programs ionsto surviving juririsdicti

The Public Assistance program is improving its delivery to our surviving jurisdictions. One of our greatest needs is informing them of various mitigation funding sources that they might want to prevent future damages. FEMA has a current shortage on those able to get to those gathered for applicant briefings. To better deliver this information, professional presentation mechanisms could be provided to explain the various ...more »

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Using Section 323 of the Stafford Act

Section 323 of the Stafford Act (Minimum Standards for Public and Private Structures) ":The President may require safe land use and construction practices after adequate consultation with this section with appropriate state and local officials." In areas without land use management (and floodplain management, building codes, coastal zone management and zoning) simply rebuilding and replacing current damaged housing and ...more »

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