Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

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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Contractor badging takes too long = mission suffers

We rely heavily on contractors during both response and recovery - that's a simple fact. But it takes forever (like 5-7 days, or more) to get them a FEMA badge.

 

Having a FEMA badge is a requirement before they can begin work in many cases, but waiting around for a week (or more) is a real problem.

 

We need to find a way to speed up the process.

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Disaster Investigation Board

This has been proposed elsewhere, so I'm just jumping on others' good ideas, but there should be a permanent, independent DIsaster Investigation Board. Similar to NTSB. We need to use this to have a national clearinghouse of lessons learned and best practices in major disasters, and stop having these be isolated to certain jurisdctions. This would also make our field stronger, as we might see patterns with regards to ...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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Get lighter computer cases

The Pelican cases are too heavy.When you combine it with luggage and DME, it becomes almost impossible to move. I suggest an American made messenger bag that can go cross body. or have a sleeve on the back that will slide snugly over a suitcase handle.EMP proof technology has improved to make lightweight totes.Use the current cases for shipping and storage,and once assigned to a reservist, APO keeps the heavy case to ...more »

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Telework while commuting

With a laptop and an iPhone with a personal hot spot, it is possible to effectively telework from anywhere. Consider allowing time spent during the daily commute on-line and working to count as work hours (since they are). Frankly, sitting in a bus, a train or a passenger vehicle (as a passenger) is no less hospitable and conducive to work than our current office environment -- in fact, it can be more so (quiet without ...more »

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Allow Responders to bring their own RV to releve hotel rooms

I think it should be encouraged for responders be allowed to bring their own accommodations such as motorhomes and RV's. If there is a reasonable amount of space or campgrounds that we can park in that we should be able to bring theses things to relieve the already short housing availability. If we get a special rate or perdiem to pay to stay at a campground or a large area with access to water and sewage dumping facilities ...more »

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Allow Responders to bring their own RV to releve hotel rooms

I think it should be encouraged for responders be allowed to bring their own accommodations such as motorhomes and RV's. If there is a reasonable amount of space or campgrounds that we can park in that we should be able to bring theses things to relieve the already short housing availability. If we get a special rate or perdiem to pay to stay at a campground or a large area with access to water and sewage dumping facilities ...more »

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Using consistant software processes during emergencies

During the current hurricane emergencies the AVAYA communications registering process communications was being used effectively during critical times for initial registration of disaster survivors by FEMA Personnel. Many FEMA personnel had taken hours to do the training to be able to effectively use the system and become registers for disaster survivors. In the midst of the peak of volume registrations calls the FEMA ...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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