Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Rental Vehicles

Why does everyone have to have there own car when deployed? Speaking as someone who works in a DRC, once teams are put together and situated, why not turn in half the cars and start carpooling? A few pros and cons:

Pros:

Saves a lot of money

More cars available during big disasters

Team bonding

 

Cons:

You don't get your points

Not everyone will be pleased

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Train for professional email etiquette

One of the trainings we should receive is for having professional email etiquette. There are supervisors mass sending memes on a daily basis. This is fine for your personal social media, but not in an office setting. There are regular email chains for personal items where you can snagged into "reply-all" responses. It isn't appropriate. It may be worth investing some time into training folks for proper office email etiquette ...more »

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MobileIron has to go

No doubt many others have already said this, but MobileIron is absolutely terrible. *App takes forever to connect & retrieve emails, even with a good connection (including high speed WiFi) *App takes far too long to open individual messages *App has to be left open to send emails, otherwise they just sit in the Outbox until the next time you open the App. All the points above = 1) faster battery drain, 2) decreased ...more »

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Simplifying FEMA's Hiring Process for Previous DAE's

Those of us were past DAE's and returning to FEMA, go through the same rigorous hiring process as someone with no previous FEMA service. If a previous DAE who left on good standing wishes to return to service-FEMA needs to allow them to do that with their past experience being accounted for. Example: As a program support specialist with 5 years experience, I left 20 years ago to raise a family. Upon my return I found ...more »

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working 15 hours day after day affects performance and attitude

At Distribution Centers one should not have to work any longer than 12 hours to complete our work. Working for 15 + hours a day, day after day adversely affects ones performance and health. I suggest that FEMA work evaluate only 12 hour days so ones performance and health are not affected. Getting off at 10 p.m. and having to be back at work at 7 a.m. is not good policy when done over and over. I've worked at Staging ...more »

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FEMA CORE Positions

Large scale disasters need a lot of long term support. Why not create a list of CORE NTE 2 years positions that could be filled immediately; or within a month, when large disasters occur?. With all the disasters currently going on, this would have been the perfect time to hire some temporary CORE individuals. The current disasters out there will need help for years to come. Why not train a select group of Reservists, ...more »

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Response/Recovery suggestion (from Administrator's 9/19 email

Would like to have the Administrator provide an overall score/grade for our handling of individual disasters once all After Action reports are finalized/completed. Perhaps adding a few bullet points in areas that can be improved. Initially, I considered scores for each division but that may be divisive instead of providing cohesion/unity for our agency.

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Leverage Mobile Technology to Address Workforce Capacity Issues

Many of our programs require confirmation of property damages to qualify for assistance, which we usually do in-person to avoid fraud, waste, and abuse of federal resources. When we have back-to-back events, site access can be limited and the disaster workforce required to do these inspections or loss verifications can be stretched to capacity. As a result, disaster survivors and communities may have long wait times ...more »

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Invest in Generational Preparedness

Standard approaches to disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation often focus on a single point of failure: update this building, provide a training to meet a shortfall. Addressing preparedness in this way has a direct and recognizable impact which is most manageable for typical funding programs. This is an excellent approach for proven hazards. But when we look at buying down long term risk, are there other unexplored ...more »

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Using clear language and terms in our disaster programs.

FEMA use of complicated phrases and descriptions to describe the individual assistance and public assistance program] does not follow doctrine or plain. clear, concise messaging. Example, DSAT - Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams, Should be Individual Assistance Team; Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA), beside a bad acronym that conflicts with another agency, should be temporary lodging assistance. I could spend ...more »

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Utilize your associates wisely

I would like to suggest a later deployment of associates to areas when the DRC's are finally set up and ready to be staffed. This would be a HUGE cost reduction to the projects.(hotels, rentals cars, ME&I) Sometimes, the waiting is what affects a persons psyche. We come here with an attitude of helping survivors but by the time we get to do that(2 weeks later) we are tired, stressed from all the waiting, and not mentally ...more »

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Too much down time

Some of us have to spend way too much time doing nothing. There is a chronic shortage of people to handle registration and inquiry calls. Why not set up phones in branch offices that can be "turned on/off" at will where a bored responder can help out?

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