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!

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Ensuring Availability of Prescription Medications

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 »

Submitted by (@drudek)

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Chain-of-Command Publication

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 »

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State Individual Assistance

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 »

Submitted by (@mshultz)

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Individual Assistance Declarations and funding.

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 »

Submitted by (@mshultz)

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Flexible Mobile Natural Gas/Diesel Generator by sharing power

RE POWER, LLC specialzes in creating solutions to difficult energy and security needs by optimizing usage with custimized generator units which are flexible mobile dual fuel natural gas/diesel generators exceeding EPA standards. The units are from 500 Kw to 4000 KW. We have over 30 years experience with service, consulting and training personnel on units throughout the world. By FEMA embracing Re POWER idea to share ...more »

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Sustainable Power In a 40' Container

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 »

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Charting Resilience

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 »

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Reduction of Forest Wildfire Potential

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 »

Submitted by (@davidnuttle)

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Alternative Power System Calculations

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.

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Dietary Factors Related to Disaster Recovery

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 »

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Special Advanced Training for EMs

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 »

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Community Food Production Coops: A Part of Preparedness

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 »

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