National Preparedness Goal

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Although this open comment period is closed, we continue to seek input as we build from the input provided for the first milestone of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) - the National Preparedness Goal. The ideas that we received so far were critical in shaping the document and will also be considered as we continue to forge ahead in meeting the remaining milestones. The first edition of the National Preparedness Goal is available for download at www.fema.gov/ppd8.


National Preparedness Goal

Portable Computer Access

I loved the idea of mobile FEMA units. However, I realized that most people have no way to get to one since they lost their only means of transportation. How about having FEMA buses or mobile units sent around the neighborhoods to give complete access and training if necessary for these people. Also, maybe put the 800 number in vinyl letters(that way you can change them as needed) for people to call. Many times I ...more »

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Terrorist

Read through the PPD 8 and there is a very heavy focus on terrorism in the plan. Greater emphasis should be given to emerging threats and unknown threats (i.e. pandemics). Citizens need to be empowered and educated on all threats, not just traditional terrorism.

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Preparedness Plan

As part of the family preparedness plan, also keep the 1800 numbers of FEMA and Red Cross handy in order to register your case as soon as possible.

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Civilian COMMUNICATIONs in disasters

I wonder if FEMA/DHS shouldn't designate a couple channels on the FRS-GMRS bands as Emergency Call /Contact channels and also designate one channel for Official "real-time" status reporting. (like USCG does on Marine Bands) These radios are inexpensive and reliable and would facilitate calls for assistance and OFFICIAL "localized" situational announcements. If channels are already designated - - it needs to ...more »

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Use Social Media & Smartphones for Situational Awareness

PPD 8 calls for all members of the community (not just government employees) to be prepared and contribute to improving resiliency. Digital mediums empower the public to provide instantaneous eye-witness reports when a situation is developing. Citizens are the true first responders to meta-disasters and we need to leverage their capabilities. Social media reports accumulate rapidly and can be overwhelming during a disaster. ...more »

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Responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

DHS should make a priority of providing every emergency responder in the US with training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to respond to and operate in a CBRN or TIC environment. Mbany agencies do not have the funding to provide PPE to their personnel. This has led to black humor amoungst responders, such as calling police officers "blue canaries" as their deaths while responding will alert follow-on responders ...more »

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Trade FEMA houses for foreclosed Fanie Mae/ Fredy Mac homes

Why not just trade FEMA homes for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac foreclosed homes? The federal government is choking on inventory of foreclosed homes, owning 1/3 of them (as reported yesterday). The homeowners in flooded areas could trade their ruined homes for empty homes of approximately the same value (size) at no additional cost to us (the taxpayers). If the homeowner owes a mortgage it could be transferred to the new ...more »

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Mitigation and Risk Management

Presidential Directive 5 & 8 are doable and existing with many applications for stakeholders as well as all levels of government and agencies however, mitigating risk factors are not being done on a year round basis.

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Let's join forces in being prepared!

For the past four years, the Ready Campaign and its partners have received a Presidential proclamation designating September National Preparedness Month (NPM). Several state governments have also followed suit and provided proclamations raising awareness for emergency preparedness in their respective states. This is not enough! With small local governments cutting back on police, fire and other necessary jobs, the need ...more »

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NRP and ESFs

We experience a tremendous gap with initial response to disasters with volunteers. In addition to ESF6 for mass care and ESF14 for long-term recovery, we miss a huge opportunity for willing people to serve and neighbors in need to get help: 1) debris removal on their property; 2) tree clean-up for chainsaw-type teams; 3) roof tarping/repair; 4) mud-out/clean-out from water damage; 5) clean-up/hygiene/comfort/bedding/layette ...more »

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Civil Defense - Emergency Corps

We have a human capital resource that is squandered. That resource are our people. There are millions of veterans now in the private sector that would love to participate in an organized "Guard-Like" local civil defense initiative and be trained and ready in the event of an emergency. Forming a volunteer "Emergency Corps" on a county basis that can "volunteer" in the event of a disaster, have structure, monthly gatherings, ...more »

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Emergency Corps - Civil Defense Inititive

We have a human capital resource that is squandered. That resource are our people. There are millions of veterans now in the private sector that would love to participate in an organized "Guard-Like" local civil defense initiative and be trained and ready in the event of an emergency. Forming a volunteer "Emergency Corps" on a county basis that can "volunteer" in the event of a disaster, have structure, monthly gatherings, ...more »

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