There are commercial products available but are priced too high for small, rural agencies to purchased. The idea is that the federal government can leverage its position as a purchaser to make available a IM kit that contains bar code labels (or the ability to create them), a printer, scanners, and a virtual storage database. Any small agency, or rather, any agency, can bar code their inventory and used the scanners ...more »
National Preparedness Report: Sharing General Views on Preparedness
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Sharing General Views on Preparedness
- Successful approaches that your community or organization has used to assess preparedness.
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- The most critical unmet preparedness needs in your community.
Has the American Gov't really looked at the British was of coordinating volunteers from Britian during a disaster including domestic or foreign. It is a fabulous idea to avoid duplicaiton, increase financial accountability of monetary donations etc.
In all the brochures and websites CERT, VIP is recognized, but not the animal groups that are out there making sure people WILL evacuate. This is not right and these groups need to have federal recognition just like a CERT team. What has to be done to make that happen.
With the exception of sensitive items or national security, any advances e.g., blood clotting agents, protective vests, that originates, supports, and are used by the military should be made available for first responders.
Government "red tape" makes it very difficult for our government to quickly respond to a major disaster. If you are a government outsider, you need a directory to determine who must do what for any major emergency response. These steps must reportedly be undertaken to proceed in dealing with a disaster: 1) There must be an official declaration that any disaster is an Incident of National Significance (INS). 2) Full ...more »
In my opinion, based on five decades of actually using 72 Hour Emergency Kits in assorted disaster situations, worldwide, the Ready.gov kit suggestions are not complete ...and in need of better organization. Rather than having a random list of items, the kit items should be given by category using 15 categories known to be essential. To wit: 1) Health; 2) Communications; 3) Light; 4) Fire; 5) Warmth; 6) Cool; 7) ...more »
Retrofit the metal shipping containers (seen on the large boats) in bunk houses. Make sure that they are insulated for the winter or have A/C for the summer. Some closets for storing gear and clothes should be included. These can be sent throughout the country, or purchased, by EOCs that have the need for them. These sleeping centers can be moved around as needed or stay in one location.
One thing, when designing/building a new EOC, is to incorporate space for people to sleep in. For example, think of the bunks that are seen on a submarine. If something like that can be incorporated into the building for EOC personnel to sleep in, it would be great. It gets people away from sleeping the break room or other people's offices. Hospitals have rooms set aside for the physicians to sleep in why can't an ...more »
If it is at all possible, consider law enforcement having in the vehicles an automated external defibrillator. With their prior knowledge on first aid and CPR, LE usually arrives before EMS and made need additional tools to save a life.
Center's for Independent Living (CIL) have a consumer base of people with disabilities. Those vary people that come to the CIL are asking for help for housing, transportation, getting resources and assistance for a variety of needs to sustain their independence in the community on an every day basis. But, when a emergency or disaster strikes, people with disabilities are not sure where to turn or where to get services. ...more »
In the event of a major disaster, normal supplies of potable water may not be possible. For most homes, they have existing water storage in the hot water heater and toilet flush-tank. If relocation is required, you should be prepared to transport needed potable water or have the chemical or other recommended means to convert unsafe (or polluted) water into potable water. During a survival situation, a shovel, sterile ...more »
I'll address this from a public health perspective. Through the years, the grant deliverables has reflected a one-size-fits-all approach meaning that public health departments,regardless of location or size of the health department, would be tasked to complete activities identified in the grant. For example, mass prophylaxis planning. Every health department is required to have a plan in place to provide antibiotics ...more »
I was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay and have lived all up and down the East Coast, and have been a member of the USCG Auxiliary for 22 years. I don't know of anyone who knows the water and when something seems out-of-place better than a crabber! And, they are out there 365 from bell to bell. The Auxiliary has everything it needs to connect with this group of potential "eyes and ears" on our waterways, any where ...more »
Similar to what the military is doing with joint bases, I propose that, when a military base has been decommissioned, that it be given to the State so that the State could have a location to train their first responders. This training area then could be used by Fire, LE, EMS, public health, CERT, etc. In this way, opportunities for training with your partners is facilitated. The State, along with the cities/counties, ...more »
Global warming, whatever the cause, has created a rapid melting of glaciers/ polar ice caps, and producing enough water to result in rising seas and threatened island nations as well as coast lines. At the same time, many areas of the world are experiencing extreme water shortages. Using advanced solar water distillation systems, located in coastal desert areas, the extra sea water can be efficiently and economically ...more »