Essential Capabilities

We welcome your thoughts and ideas on the following topics to address the five strategic needs identified within the Essential Capabilities category:

  • Actions currently under way
  • Other actions that could be under way
  • Challenges we face in implementing actions
  • Potential solutions to address the challenges we face in implementing actions

The five strategic needs identified under this category include the following:

  • Develop emergency management capabilities to address dynamic and unprecedented shifts in local and regional population characteristics and migratory flows.
  • Practice omni-directional knowledge sharing.
  • Infuse emergency management principles and life skills across the entire educational experience to empower individuals to assume more responsibility.
  • Build a shared vision for the emergency management community of the future and a culture that embraces forward thinking to anticipate emerging challenges and develops appropriate plans and contingencies.
  • Leverage volunteer capabilities across all emergency management phases.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss any or all of these topics. We look forward to hearing from you!

Essential Capabilities

Dispatch Centers

The wildland fire agencies utilize interagency dispatch centers annually to support wildfire incidents. Additional funding and staffing of these existing dispatch centers could be an efficient way to handle "all hazard" incidents given that the federal wildand firefighting agencies were given the "authority" to participate in incidents other than wildfire. Why duplicate or try to invent the wheel when an already good ...more »

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Authority for Federal Agencies

The following statement does not exist at the local level..."NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable local, State, tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity." ICS is a component of NIMS. Local ...more »

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CERT Team Mutual Aid Agreements

There are highly trained, ready-to-go teams across the country, but I do not se any mutual aid occurring. CERT Teams should create contacts or a data-base where we can register our: manpower, special capabilities (trained) and available equipment. When a regional disaster occurs, teams can come from other areas to support and respond. With local support on who/where to report, where to stay.

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Establish Local Emergency Contractors

One of the most critical aspects to disaster recovery is re-establishing power and transportation. In most areas there are private companies which could be contracted with for a retainer fee to have personnel and equipment on hand for the following tasks: Tree and debris removal from main highways and primary power right of ways (logging company with trucks, saws, and skidders) Flooded roads (contractors with pumps, ...more »

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Communication Drones

I have done some looking and have not found any use of drones for emergency communications, It would not be hard at all for drones to establish WiFi hotspots, or even airborne cell towers in a disaster area. If we had 6 ready drones strategically located, it would be possibe to establish a hotspot anywhere in the U.S. within 4 hrs.

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Emergency Broadcast disruption

I live on Branch st., Scituate,MA. The streetlight on pole number 36 is mal functioning and the static created by the re-light of the street lamp blocks out WRKO 680 AM 40 percent of the time making it impossible to hear any Emergency Broadcast. It also interfers with all of WRKo's regular broadcasts, This is also probably happening on the many mal-functioning streets throughout Scituate. Shouldnot the power company be ...more »

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Large Scale Urban Decontamination/Cleanup

There is a product used in Japan to decontaminate toxic chemicals/materials and radiologicals from substrates and infrastructure. It can be used to rapidly clean subways, homes and buildings of the toxic sludge, mold, mildew and chemicals left by Sandy. It's called DeconGel and it's something that homeowners and cleanup professionals can use without creating large amounts of waste, or using expensive protective equipment. ...more »

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Good Communication. Deaf Ears?

Once again our nations ability (or rather the lack there of) to communicate with survivors of catastrophe was crystal clear in the wake of Sandy. Efforts to communicate better integrated systems, hardened structure caches, deployable assets, and such with REAL promise for REAL emergency PREPAREDNESS continue to fall on deaf ears. Response is NOT enough; never has been and never will be - we must be prepared. Why ...more »

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Getting heat to storm victims.

I believe that portable propane heaters could be quickly installed to provide victims of storm Sandy. Due to the demolition of electrical and natural gas lines, portable propane tanks could provide people without power the necesary heat they need and possibly lanterns and cooking abilities.

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Makeing Gas Station avaliabillity in needed area

hard wire larger fuel stations power so it be removed from down power company and flip another power box and run a portable generator that will power the lights and pumps at that site with a quick disconnect and cable so the generator can be stored and kept service ready other power needs , the Oil companys can tell you what station in what city or town would fit this need, and only a self contained large fuel truck that ...more »

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Better use of personal/civilian effort in filling sandbags

There is a device on the Market called a SandHopper that allows one person to fill sandbags quicker and safer.

Could there be a stock of these SandHoppers that we could call on to help with Sandbag filling. Maybe stockpiles in good strategic locations.

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Delivering Fuel

Please consider filling vehicles directly from tanker trucks. They would have to be modified with a pump. Lines of these trucks could enter a disaster area and immediately start filling vehicles, generators, etc. until service stations were back on line.

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