Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

The OpenFEMA initiative is FEMA's vision for open government that embraces the tenets of transparency, participation and collaboration to support citizens and first responders by increasing government accountability, innovation, and effectiveness.

The goals of the OpenFEMA initiative are:

  • Release high-value data sets on an ongoing basis, so it is easier to find and more accessible for the public in times of a disaster;
  • Build a transparent and interactive connection with members of the public through an online dialogue with external constituencies;
  • Provide information and data in more useful formats to enable citizens, the private sector and non-government organizations to leverage the data in innovative and value-added ways.

This campaign hopes to generate discussion on a number of topics, including:

  • Using FEMA’s data
  • Ways to improve your experience using FEMA datasets
  • Other areas of focus for future datasets

Feel free to comment on or discuss any of these issues. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Active Shooter Training for Fire EMS Personnel

Our public safety department has done quite a bit of research regarding active shooter incidents, and we are currently evaluating different response models to find options that would best fit our needs. That said, several of our personnel that have attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) were curious if they would be offering or considering to offer any sort of active shooter training for Fire ...more »

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Employee evaluation of Management

Employees rate FEMA an "F" over the last 6 Emp Satisfaction Surveys. To address this, FEMA needs to weed out the incompetent, self-serving employees who are in roles of supervision and management. This suggestion is for Employees to evaluate their supervisors/managers at the end of deployment, just like employees themselves are evaluated. This measurement should be used to determine is the individual should remain ...more »

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Prevention and preparation are the keys

EDUCATION ON PREVENTION AND PREPARATION IS THE KEY General objective 1.Former leaders in preparation for emergencies and contingencies. 2. Establish local emergency committees Particular objectives - short-term -: Participants will learn to: To understand and to put in practice the essential concepts of prevention and preparedness for emergencies and disasters events, through the management of crisis plant ...more »

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Coordinated Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement (primarily) seems to have forgotten the concept of the Staging Area when responding to a Mass Casualty incident like an Active Shooter. Offices have been taught to "go in" rather than wait. We have accepted the risk of being shot in an effort to stop the continued shooting. And I agree with this concept when it comes to the officers who are on duty and respond to the scene as dispatched. My issue is ...more »

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Surge Capacity for Ebola

It is time for FEMA to formulate both intrinsic/extrinsic and evacuee-related plans to address situations (like the current ebola crisis).

 

This should include public/private resources that address not only the situation but also widespread public reaction to the event.

 

Such an event may serve the propaganda purposes of terrorist groups that may seek to exploit the situation in furtherance of their agenda.

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Start now

We are living 100 years back in time.Start putting all new grids underground and when servicing old power lines put them under also.It is a proven fact that above ground power lines are the first to go during ANY storm.I have submitted this idea over a year ago and things could have already been accomplished if anyone got off their bottoms.Also if you check you'll find out that this is a recurring problem leaving millions ...more »

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Overpass Storm Shelter Idea

Was watching the weather channel and one of those myth/fact ones came on proving that they are not safe in a Tornado, my idea is take some of those small storm shelters you can buy and make them bigger now put one on each side of the highway under the overpass, so maybe 10+ can survive in them over the course of the storm.. might need to have some special code or cards so homeless do not take up residents..

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A STATISTICAL GLIMPSE OF SMALL BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS CHALLENGES

PURPOSE: U.S. statistics may imply that >70% of private-sector small businesses have time or money constraints that adversely impact their preparedness. - CONDITIONS, BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS IS LIKELY TO BE CONSTRAINED IN: 1. Sole-proprietorships and other single person businesses. => As of 2013 there are 19,850,941 Sole-proprietorships businesses in the U.S. =>Businesses that are sole-proprietorships may be functioning ...more »

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Amateur Radio Resource Types

The approach to volunteer emergency communications seems disconnected from the NIMS philosophy. The role (or roles) of ham radio with respect to the communication needs of an ongoing incident should be examined, and pertinent resource types should be identified. At the very least, resource types focused on on-incident comms should be distinct from resource types focused on connecting the incident to the outside world. ...more »

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