I am hearing there is a major reorganization of FEMA in the works, especially regarding NPSC operations and business hours. Is this an open topic for discussion? There is quite a bit of concern from non-PFT employees about a release.
Innovative Models and Tools
We welcome your thoughts and ideas on the following topics to address the six strategic needs identified within the Innovative Models and Tools 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 six strategic needs identified under this category include the following:
- Adopt new risk management tools and processes in order to manage cascading consequences of interactions among infrastructure and all hazards.
- Employ alternative surge models to meet the challenging confluences of social, technological, environmental, economic, and political factors and conditions.
- Establish flexible frameworks that optimize emergency management inter-operability across all boundaries, because of increasing jurisdictional and technological complexities.
- Plan and coordinate around shared interests and interdependencies to exercise the entire range of emergency management capabilities.
- Remediate hidden vulnerabilities in critical supplies – from water to energy to medical products –to offset threats to the full scope of emergency management activities.
- Influence the development of emerging technologies that advance emergency management capabilities.
Please feel free to comment on or discuss any or all of these topics. We look forward to hearing from you!
The six strategic needs identified under this category include the following: 1. Get someone to write a software program that fits your needs and share it with all agencies. 2. I would think you could do this with a software program and assign users based on areas or agencies. Then when needed let everyone see the big picture. 3. Write API’s or DI’s (application interfaces/Data interfaces) that pull the data from what ...more »
For years, one of the mantras of emergency response has been "We do not bring victims to the scene". Granted, this was directed to be a reminder that scene safety is the foremost concern for any responder. When A disaster befalls a community, the local first responders are often torn between taking care of their own families that are effected, and fulfilling their responsibilities in the community that they serve, often ...more »
I wish to propose a program that all jurisdiction can be part of, and would also help areas share their knowledge and help training for such an event. Develop sister cities with jurisdictions that are 50 to 60 miles away in each direction. Match the size of the community served with each other and limit the partnership to one comparable agency in each direction, for example county A has 7 towns in the county. County ...more »
Private businesses can train and prepare the public to increase their awareness and knowledge of NIMS. They have the experience and knowledge to fill in the preparedness and recovery gaps. Permit private businesses to write grants to fund the mission. No more time wasted on meetings and planning, just action.
Emergency management & disaster recovery resources are generally scarce, and need to be carefully managed. One effective management tool is to chart all the potential risks/ disasters, for each community, and then chart all resources to be assigned in the event an anticipated emergency occurs. Priorities need to be assigned for resource allocation as related to possible/ probable emergency events for your community. ...more »
FEMA already has several ways of evaluating basic emergency preparedness plans at the community level. If not already being undertaken, I suggest FEMA create specialized inspection teams with each team focused on evaluation of community emergency preparedness plans ... as related to anticipated probable disasters for any one area; e.g. flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, man-made disasters, etc. Such specialization will ...more »
After nearly every major disaster the scam "artists" make an effort to take money, assets, I.D.s, and other valuables from the disaster victims. Although this is a problem for law enforcement, Emergency Managers need to help disaster victims become aware of the scams just as soon as possible. Law enforcement personnel will typically provide announcements on the types of scams that have been discovered, and there seems ...more »
I think it's important that FEMA start researching options which can help us get away from the current Temporary Housing program in which we lease travel trailers and mobile homes to disaster survivors. There are so many options out there from cement fabric "tent" structures that can be trucked or flown in to provide immediate shelter in 24 hours, modular home options, earth shelter structures and longer term cottages ...more »
Each area, and each Emergency Manager, will have a different list of emergency management (EM) priorities based on probable threat analysis for natural & man-made disasters. Since resources are scarce, and numbers of threats are high, a careful sorting of EM priorities should be accomplished to determine where emergency response preparations should be focused. In most cased, three levels of priority should be created ...more »
Increase Collaboration: Data used by all parties. Use FEMA trained independent contractors damage assessors as voulteers with ARC. Therby cutting deployment cost for FEMA. Provide real time central data source preliminary damage and home habitability assessments and hazard locations,assessable data for all responce and releiff orgainzations and government agencies. A set of questions (often close-ended) on smart phones ...more »
In order to continue improvement of emergency management & disaster recovery capabilities, new technologies & products will be needed. To improve the cost effectiveness of such efforts, these technologies/ products need to be dual-use or multiple use An example of the above technique is a GIT Satellite pager our charity, NPI, helped design to meet an array of special needs related to disaster recovery, remote areas ...more »
Develop software that can be used/accessed on a secure network that is pre-populated with Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Toxic Industrial Materials (TIC/TIM). Weather information will be 'fed' to the system in real time. Information can be viewed by radius around an inciden site, whole city, state, etc. If an incident occurs in an area, emergency responders will automatically be able to see what potential hazards are in ...more »
Create an online system where users can log in to take FEMA Independent Study Courses. This system will allow user keep track all of the course they have taken online; to include the course information, course completion date, and a way to download the certificate again if needed. This system could also recommend additional courses to take based on previous courses taken. This system will also allow users to log in ...more »
FEMA and other federal agencies have used an assortment of aircraft to serve as airborne command & control centers (CCCs) during major disasters. The advantage is that having a CCC in the air improves communications, while better observing events related to the disaster. With the right communications equipment, a good CCC can effectively coordinate an entire relief effort. Millennium Aerospace Corp. (MAC) has develop ...more »