Programs and courses such as FEMA’s “Train-the-Trainer” courses should be utilized to their fullest to train a wide array of stakeholders involved in education and outreach in their respective sectors. Through a strong and continued presence these trainers can continually build and expand the network of “mitigation informed” communities and organizations.
Excerpt from longer argument: FEMA exercised its strength on the incident response side of disaster management when it created NIMS and ICS in the National Response Framework. Many resisted, but that common language has been a success. For the same reasons, on the programming side, FEMA must now propose a national template to measure capabilities, resources, resiliency, and vulnerability. "The lack of agreement on ...more »
The multiple hurricanes and natural disasters of 2017 illustrated severe cascading effects from tech hazards impacted by natural disasters, and by failures of major critical infrastructure. In order to better support state and local emergency managers (as well as FEMA IMAT/LNO personnel) I would suggest the development of a Virtual Instructor Led course or series of EMI or CDP courses on natural disaster impacts to technological ...more »
Suggest looking at the Swiss PLANAT program for guidance on this topic as they have over 15 years of implementation experience we can learn from. A few key points of their program: 1. They do risk based cost benefit analysis and assign funding requirements based on the level of risk reduction that is received. A town, railroad, highway department, and even private entity can be asked to contribute a share of the mitigation ...more »
repetetive flood properties should be aided with flood mitigation other than raising home. grants can only be used for raising property. engineers should be able to come up with some other mitigation alternatives. most elderly residents do not have funds available this grant does not cover full cost. additionally raising would make home inaccessible for senior citizens without installation of elevator. another costly ...more »
Lately we all hear is about the way that FEMA has been listening to the Applicants and has changed to be more responsive to the Applicants. What FEMA doesn't seem to hear is "Where is my money?". FEMA needs to go to Congress and change the Stafford Act so that we can directly fund the Sub-Grantee. A simple fix could allow the ones who need the funding to get reimbursed in weeks instead of years.
Thinking of the following challenges, 1) Based on disaster stats, PA accounts for almost half of the after-disaster investment with Federal monies the primary funding source. 2) Although issues with the NFIP are complicated, a basic and major challenge is the NFIP struggles to secure adequate funding to meet the actual risks. 3) Some states can no longer secure HMGP funds because they have successfully applied mitigation, ...more »
Imagine if one-day robotic soldiers, police, EMTs were developed combined with drone technology, you can create as many needed. No more injured or PTSD soldiers, cops making the wrong split second decision to use deadly force (by using fast speed simulation cameras). Drone technology could fly these robots over traffic jams to get to accident victims, help soldiers injured on the battlefield, rescue people in the mountains, ...more »
The idea is simple.
From perspective of the country. If you have money coming in then rebuilding anything is easier. Therefor I wonder if companies during the rebuild of areas can share buildings as they get constructed.
FEMA should create and broadcast public service announcements immediately before, during and after hurricane season to articulate three (3) themes: Inform the American public of their personal responsibility for emergency preparedness. Americans need to mature into an individually responsible, preparedness culture - evacuating upon demand, storing 3 days food, clothing, water, personal effects and medications at hand, ...more »
As a catastrophic planner, we identify critical shortfalls in resources and capabilities that have direct operational impact (measurable impact) on populations. While the development of these catastrophic plans *under PKEMRA* are huge projects, we are so involved with the communities at risk that we could be leveraged to do additional work when not working on these cat plans. Specifically, in the case of infrastructure ...more »
I just found out the UN had the Department of Epidemiology of Natural Disaster Prevention. That was a new one, as I really believe most Natural Disasters you are too late to prevent. Most of the problems started with industrialization revolution in the 1800 and continue on today. An example in my work career was going to Frack the Earth's Crust just to get Oil. Well really the Earthquakes are not worth it and Big Vehicles ...more »