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Open Detail s to Reservists

Opening detail opportunities to reservists will provide unique training opportunities not otherwise available to reservists and will help to address the "them" and "us" perception among reservists.

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Just in time resoursing of qulaified employees in short supply

Consider “Just in time resourcing” to maximize use of qualified staff, maximize quality of our service, reduce wasted time and expenses, and as in the case of “Harvey” lessoning housing shortages, etc. Though there are advantages of ramping up early, valuable assets can be wasted until needed, except for training and organizing. The time wasted could have better served other needs. This is particularly important when ...more »

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Invent a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation fu

Recommend we invent a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation funding to provide a better service for our applicants when PA 406 funding, alone, does not properly fix the damaged facility. I have noticed two problems that seem to make this concept difficult to implement. First, the review and processing of 404 Mitigation funding applications is much more encumbered and time consuming than for the 406 Mitigation ...more »

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Teaching People Their Job Duties

Upon being hired with FEMA, staff are then brought to EMO. At EMO, you go through different "Need To Knows": the history of FEMA, DTS, WebTA, Concur, Task Book, FEKC, and more. They do not teach you what your actual duties, that correspond with your job title. You are left wondering what you will be doing, and how to do it. Once arriving to a deployment, your confusion is compounded by all your cohorts speaking about ...more »

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Better organize survivors to become second responders.

With a fully automated system designed to inform and activate those in neighboring areas to the epicenter with how best they might serve. As we all know, unorganized support can greatly hinder rescue and recovery efforts if there isn't a clear understanding as to what's needed most. But with the right instruction survivors become local assets instantly, saving time and money. The best way to inform these able and willing ...more »

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Some time and cost saving ideas on Public Assistance Grants

The New Model PA program is progressing along but it seems like our footprint is much higher than what it was in the standard (old) model. If we are truly trying to provide good customer service why re-create the wheel when all of the remediation companies out there can build, estimate, and have the customer sign and pay for the project in one visit, why can’t we build and sign off a grant in the same manner. Some ...more »

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Incentivize homwowners' best mitigation practices

Standardize homeowner best practices for specific hazards and require that all insurance providers incentivize personal mitigation efforts via lower premiums. For example, credit could be awarded for bolting houses to their foundations in earthquake country, for freeboarding in areas likely to flood, etc.

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EMERG:Emergency Mgmt Employment and Reemployment Governance

It is obvious... FEMA is going to be hiring soon. Traditionally, it has been hard to find reserve candidates that were both current and qualified in their fields. The Emergency Management Employment and Reemployment Governance Program (EMERG) will allow FEMA to hire from a pool of both current and qualified workers. It will be a great perk that attracts the best of the best and allow them the opportunity to serve their ...more »

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Depth markers in areas prone to flooding.

Why don't you suggest to all cities with low lying areas prone to flooding to put depth measurements in low lying areas. This way everyone would know how deep the water is and whether it is save to drive thru.

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PONTOON Bridges for use in flood areas.

Does the military or FEMA have access to Pontoon Boats that were used in the Military. Wouldn't they be useful in Houston on the flooded roads to help get people out and supplies into the areas where they are needed. They would allow some people to be able to drive out of the flooded areas without getting stuck.

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Emergency Hiring for Large Scale Disasters

The Agency should consider using a crawler message on television when a large Type 1 or multiple events tax our existing work force. The wording could be something like " Any former or retired FEMA employee who is interested in working during this disaster is encouraged to call 1-800-XXX-XXX." The Agency could then screen the callers and issue instructions to those whose skills are needed. This would speed up filling ...more »

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Enhancing FEMA App., w/ Interactive Quick Reaction Checklists

(Submitted on behalf of Patricia Young (202)357-8116, DHS OCHCO and member of the DHS Employee Preparedness Initiative Working Grp.) Patricia and other members of the DHS Employee Preparedness Initiative Working Grp realize that training is not the solution for all performance issues and it with this principle that she and her fellow DHS Working Group members would like FEMA to consider the feasibility of improving the ...more »

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