Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

PODs of Support

Building PODs of support in states can be an effective way to support all phases of emergency management. Building on the idea of fusion centers, FEMA can leverage it resources more appropriately by working in smaller cells closer to major cities, state offices, and or regional facilities. As all as merging some resources in co-located facilities with like functions to support our state partners more effectively.

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Building a Culture of Leaders

FEMA should look at building a culture of leaders through a business strategy called talent management. Attracting and retaining talented employees, in a talent management system, is the job of every member of the organization. For a culture of leadership to exist beyond being a policy or internal directive, the entire organization must be involved. Leadership is needed at all levels and positions within the organization. ...more »

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Leveraging LTL Trucking Capacity

The LTL Industry, Less than Truckload, operates hard asset facilities across the country in every major city and state and many times located on the same street. These facilities are self-sustaining, with backup generators and fuel on-site. The industry uses 28 ft trailers (pups) in their operations and local pickup and delivery. A set of pups equal 56 foot of trailer space as well as the flexibility to drop a 28ft trailer ...more »

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Publish directive 092-5 (USNG coordinates) on the FEMA website

FEMA directive 092-5 was signed late in 2015. It states: "POLICY STATEMENT: FEMA will use the United States National Grid (USNG) as its standard geographic reference system for land-based operations and will encourage use of the USNG among whole community partners. FEMA will reference and employ the USNG in doctrine, relevant preparedness and grant programs, deliberate and crisis-action planning, training, exercises, ...more »

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PPE

Need to set-up a PPE program where every cadre is responsible to provide a minimum amount of PPE based on standard and common hazards encounter by the disaster responders, such as safety glasses, shoes, high0visibility vests, and gloves. Establish a protocol to obtain replacements when the worn-out PPE is returned.

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Move Regional offices out of high threat, hazard, cost areas

For whatever reason we located our Regional offices in some of the highest priced cities in the country. Most are not close to the state EOC where the Regional office is in, or even in the same city. For example, the Region IX office in Oakland, CA is located right in a major hazard area with fault lines running in all directions that could at any moment render the office and the entire Regional staff incapacitated. Additionally, ...more »

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Leverage Existing Networks

Private industry could be leveraged to play a larger role in disaster recovery. Building upon partnerships with company's like Amazon, Costco, Walmart, and others could help support and play larger roles on the road to recovery. We need to look further into the future at our internal and external efforts for man power and logistical support to help bridge the gap and tap into larger markets. The issue of limited resources ...more »

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Strategic Foresight and Hazard Mitigation

A focus on Strategic Foresight and Resiliance in the Hazard Mitigation Grant process could yield long term costs benefits. For years we have been granting money with little effort spent on evaluating the down stream benefits. Leveraging an operational approach to the evaluation of those grants before and after disaster could help states make better decision on which projects to approve. Additionally putting the responsibility ...more »

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The Loss Of Valuable Institutional Knowledge

Retiring FEMA baby boomers have a wealth of program knowledge and are qualified in FQS positions. Prior to FQS it was not uncommon for those FEMA employees retiring to convert to a FEMA reservist. The revamping of the disaster workforce and FQS established specific requirements for availability that is not appealing to a retiree who is looking forward to having more free time. These availability requirements no longer ...more »

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Reimburse employees for professional licenses/certifications and

FEMA should be encouraging the professional development of its workforce by reimbursing employees for obtaining and maintaining professional licenses/certifications. Many FEMA employees have professional credentials (CFM, PE, AICP, GISP, etc.) that they have worked hard to obtain and believe bring value to their roles at FEMA. These credentials demonstrate expert competency and knowledge in a particular field, and are ...more »

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Buying Down Risk with Preparedness and Mitigation

Link Risk Analysis information to Critical Infrastructure

Risk Analysis produces information that can be used to assess a flood event coming in and how it may impact key infrastructure but the tools need to be developed to link these data sources. We have developed a tool for our region that translates incoming floods to flood frequencies that helps to focus on where the incoming flood will hit the communities the hardest (i.e. where might we see something greater than the ...more »

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simplify use of CDBG-DR with FEMA funds

when a local community wants to mix federal funds they have to take into account differing requirements for the entire project. using 10% CDBG-DR on a project that is otherwise funded with HMGP, the project is 100% required to follow Davis-Bacon even though that is not a fema requirement. this is one example of how mixing of funds on the local level requires highly specialized consultants that increases overall costs ...more »

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