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Sample MetaScenario: A Category 5 hurricane on the scale of Hurricane Andrew is fast approaching southern Florida, forcing mass evacuations in preparation for landfall. Even as the state takes its normal actions, hospitals across Florida and surrounding states are reporting unusually high numbers of patients exhibiting symptoms of a fatal and fast-spreading illness of unknown origin. Compounding both of these issues is a large population of non-English speaking residents and large elderly and disabled community. Clearly, both the pending hurricane and the rapidly spreading illness are critical priorities. All hospitals are full or in the hurricane path. Forty percent or more of the first responders are, or soon will, exhibit signs of illness, further weakening the resources typically used to help and further taxing the system. As the hurricane makes landfall, 7 million people across Florida are in an evacuation zone. Over 190,000 people are dead from the mystery illness, which is now believed to be food-born and not contagious, but still the source is unknown. Another 265,000 are requiring immediate medical attention. Furthermore, transportation workers, utility workers, and other key response workers are among those impacted by the illness, and are unable to keep up with power outages and other infrastructure failures.

Resource Distribution: After reading the above scenario, tell us how you think the private sector can find ways to draw on private sector capabilities and expertise to help establish a more effective national logistics capability to move and distribute all the material and supplies needed to meet the needs of 1.5 million disaster survivors within the first 72 hours of a response.

All of topics are designed to stimulate creative, out-of-the box thinking. We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on all of the topics.

(@lizitx)

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Temporary use of the closed Catholic Schools in L.I.

There are some closed Catholic School buildings with good size rooms that if the Government authorize and some construction volunteer workers may quickly convert into small appartments for families with children. They have the stall toiletts and sinks but showers should be added. They would not have a kitchen for each family, but they have large kitchens and cafeterias, that could be converted into a restaurant for ...more »

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(@trinthen1)

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Deconstruction Reconstruction Units

DUE TO THE MASSIVE BREAKAGE OCCURRING TO MOST HOUSES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, A UNIT THAT REESTABLISHES CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT SUCH AS BRICKS IS EXTRMELY NECESSARY AND WILL BENEFIT CLEANUP ALL THE MORE. THIS IS NOT A WAIT TILL PROJECT ,, IT IS AN IMMEDIATE SOLUTION THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED CITIWIDE COVERING ALL 5 BOROS,INCLUDING LONG ISLAND , AND NEW JERSEY..... PLEASE SEND IMMEDIATE RESPONSE VIA TEXT OR PHONE ...more »

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Portable hotels available

There's a company in the UK that I read about recently (snoozebox.com) that has portable hotel rooms in shipping containers that are able to be shipped anywhere in the world and easily set up. They wouldn't be comfortable for long-term stays, but they would sure work in a pinch. It might be useful for the needs of temporarily displaced people.

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RV

I, and likely many people, Have an RV that is no longer is use. Possibly these could be used for temporary housing. Mine, has heat, shower, Kitchen, washer/dryer and could hold a family of 4 easily for a month or more.

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Housing

May people, like myself, have a RV that could be used for temporary housing. Mine has capabilty to hold a family of 4, a kitchen, shower, bathroom, washer/dryer,.

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(@gavin0)

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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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(@faye.easley)

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Housing Relief

Yesterday I saw news concerning the retirement of the ship Enterprise. Why not park it in the New York Harbor and in that way provide shelter, energy and food for the homeless (mostly those affected by Sandy)?

 

Thanks for letting me share this idea!

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