During non-emergency times, most of us just hop on over to our neighborhood pharmacy to obtain our needed prescription medications. Has any dialogue been had with the large pharmacy chains to see about getting their stock of medicines out to whoever's managing the distribution of such things at emergency shelters? (I have no idea.) I would think that would be the most readily available place to get such things in the ...more »
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!
In any disaster situation the chain-of-command, as regards who does what & when, starts w/ individuals, families, businesses, organizations, Emergency Managers, & various government entities (starting a the local level & moving up-the-ladder). Each participant in the response needs to be aware of established chains-of-command for every area, and each type of disaster ... and they need to know the typical response time ...more »
I would suggest that three positions be stongly encouraged (REQUIRED) at the state level.1. Individual Assistance Officer. 2. State Voluntary Agency Liaison. 3. State Donations Manager. During the time of disaster is not the time for states to learn about Individual Assistance, and certainly not the time for FEMA to begin educating states about Individual Assistance programs. I understance that states do not want mandates ...more »
The current way that Individual Assistance declarations are determined and funded are not equitable for the survivors of disaster. The current determining factors are numbers of major, destroyed, and affected residences, deaths, injuries, and making a plea for assistance through a narrative. This leaves determination up to the recommendation of FEMA regions and then determination at the leadership levels by leadership ...more »
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Too often we hear that rescue efforts, emergency responses and "restarting" hospitals etc. have been halted due to the lack of power immediately after a disaster has hit. Many places have emergency generators, but will rely on having fuel delivered to sustain their capabilities. We are in the design phase of an easily deployable 40' container that contains solar panels, small wind turbines combined with storage solutions ...more »
Every Emergency Manager (EM) should be able to calculate and chart the estimated resilience of their own local preparedness organizations. Once they have thus identified areas of weakness, they will know what areas of preparedness need improvement. Typical categories used to measure resilience are as follows: 1) Coping strategies; 2) Hardiness; 3) Protective process; 4) Educational tools; 5) Levels of financial ...more »
A number of forestry experts have indicated that clear cutting of large areas of insect-killed timber would provide a dramatic benefit in reducing forest wildfires. Our charity, NPI, has developed the means to use large, portable biochar kilns to convert insect-killed timber into liquid biofuels, biochar (to help improve soil fertility), and green electricity produced from kiln heat (using thermoelectric generators). ...more »
For Emergency Managers planning for alternative power systems, SunWize Power Solutions now has a PV (photovoltaics) design calculator on their website (specifier.sunwize.com). I am not promoting PV units from this company, but making EMs aware of their very useful calculator.
Proper diet can help disaster victims better recover. Organic foods typically contain 58 percent more polyphenolics to help with disease prevention (as documented in recent research by the Univ. of California, Davis). Grain Amaranth contains 3 (three) percent squalene lipids that also help prevent diseases. Microalgae, such as Spirulina, is very high in protein, vitamins, minerals and ployphenolics to help maintain ...more »
Special advanced training for Emergency Managers (EMs) would be cost effective over the long-term ... because optimization of EM skills will help to save lives and better protect property. The current situation is similar to what I experienced in Vietnam. Our soldiers were first sent into combat with basic infantry training, but no special training in jungle warfare ... so many lost their lives because they lacked the ...more »
In anticipation of higher food prices, some food shortages and increased food contamination, some communities are starting urban food production coops. Food crops are grown using outdoor gardens in yards, vacant lots, available parks/ public lands, rooftops, and vertical grow-ladders ... as well as having edible landscaping. Indoor food production 24/7/365 is also feasible using large vacant structures. The use of sunlight ...more »
Some major disasters may require rapid evacuation of urban areas. People without means of transportation and those with medical/ health problems usually require transport via buses or similar means ...and these persons soon fill available public transportation. Persons/ families with cars & vans will all depart about the same time and "clog" the roads ... while soon depleting fuel supplies as well as other basic essentials ...more »
Each of the participant (victim) types in a natural or man-made disasters will show typical responses, or ways they usually deal with those disasters ... and these responses tend to vary according to age, sex, race, religion and/or ideology. An experienced profile specialist can tell any one EM (Emergency Manager) how different local population groups are likely to respond to any one disaster. My suggestion is to start ...more »
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) is developing a CAAT (Captive Air Amphibious Transporter) designed to assist in relief operations by moving several tons of cargo over land, water, mud and most any type of surface. It would help the project move ahead if EMs (Emergency Managers) would let DARPA know how such a transport might be helpful in future relief operations. Thanks in advance.