Mitigation Investment for the Nation

The Mitigation Framework Leadership Group is seeking input on topics related to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy.  The goal of the strategy is to identify data, information, ideas, and experience to help guide national investments in disaster resilience and hazard mitigation.

Major disasters like Hurricane Sandy, EF-5 tornadoes in Oklahoma and extreme weather events in Colorado persistently test our Nation’s capacity to adapt and recover. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, non-profit, and private sector organizations have accepted the challenge to make communities and critical infrastructure less susceptible to these hazards.

However, each organization has different approaches, funding sources, mandates, and requirements for investing in efforts to mitigate disaster risk. This has created a complicated mix of priorities and pathways for communities to navigate if they want to incorporate mitigation and long-term disaster resilience into planning, building and rebuilding.

A National Mitigation Investment Strategy accomplishes two goals:

  • Increases the effectiveness of investments in reducing disaster losses and increases community resilience
  • Engages stakeholders across the nation in identifying and implementing strategies that can help guide resource allocation decisions by the federal government, as well as, state, local, tribal and territorial entities.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss this topic or any of these topics. If you prefer to e-mail your response directly, e-mail it to fema-nmis@fema.dhs.gov (The e-mail address is case sensitive, so please use all lower case). For more information and opportunities to provide input, please visit our website at www.fema.gov/national-mitigation-framework.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Resilient Built Environment

  • Examples of how you, your business, professional organization or community planned or invested to mitigate natural hazard risks, either in anticipation or because of a disaster. Mitigation measures could include building or infrastructure design improvements.
  • Examples of factors (events, people, experiences) that influenced you as a person, business, professional organization or community in deciding to make investments in becoming more resilient to disasters.
  • Examples of financial, technical or other assistance, or incentives, that were available to help support decision making and financing, and from whom (federal, state, local, private, or other).
  • Examples of types assistance you may have sought, but the assistance was not available with respect to necessary timing, coordination, or other constraints

Improved Coordination of Disaster Risk Management among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Entities

  • Examples of your experience with disaster mitigation or resiliency coordination, both positive and negative.
  • Examples of how different levels of government streamlined interactions in order to facilitate resilience investments.

State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments Increasingly Share Fiscal Responsibility for Risk Reduction with the Federal Government

  • Examples from non-federal governmental organizations that have invested their own resources in a disaster resilience measure or program.
  • Describe any incentives that may encourage non-federal government investment.

Increased Private Sector Involvement in Resilience Finance

  • Examples of private sector organizations that helped with individual or community resilience implementation.
  • Examples of any innovations or new ideas generated by the private sector used to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
  • Examples of any challenges or barriers for the private sector to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
  • Share your thoughts on how the government can more effectively engage private businesses and citizens in sharing responsibility for disaster risk reduction, including activities and investments to mitigate risk and build resilience.

Improved Provision of Federal Data and Digital Services to Support Risk-informed Mitigation Investment

  • Examples of how you use technical data from Federal agencies when considering your disaster risks and implementing resiliency measures where the information was helpful and useful
  • Examples of challenges in accessing or using Federal data.

Improved Disaster Risk Communication Resulting in Increased Risk Awareness and Risk Reduction

  • Examples of specific programs or ad campaigns that motivated you to take an action to reduce your risk, as well as examples of risk communication that did not.

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Planners could assist with grant oversight

As a catastrophic planner, we identify critical shortfalls in resources and capabilities that have direct operational impact (measurable impact) on populations. While the development of these catastrophic plans *under PKEMRA* are huge projects, we are so involved with the communities at risk that we could be leveraged to do additional work when not working on these cat plans. Specifically, in the case of infrastructure ...more »

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A late idea on Mitigation activity of Disaster Prevention

I just found out the UN had the Department of Epidemiology of Natural Disaster Prevention. That was a new one, as I really believe most Natural Disasters you are too late to prevent. Most of the problems started with industrialization revolution in the 1800 and continue on today. An example in my work career was going to Frack the Earth's Crust just to get Oil. Well really the Earthquakes are not worth it and Big Vehicles ...more »

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Evaluations for reservists

The evaluation required from a JFO for a reservists is inadequate at best and I believe underutilized as a result. The evaluation needs to be revised from pass fail to a 1-10 scale on each item (items need revision as well) with a written explanation required for each item with special emphasis placed on the upper and lower limits to include recommendations for improvement on the lower end and recommendations for the ...more »

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Provide feedback on our ideas so we know they are being considered or have been rejected.

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IM Rotational Assignments for PFTs

FEMA should consider offering rotational assignments in the IM workforce to PFTs. There are many PFTs who actually enjoy field work and being directly involved with recovery. They also enjoy the stability of a PFT position. They might not be willing to give up their PFT position for an IM-CORE, but they would take a rotational assignment to be primarily IM-deployable or deployed to disasters for one or two years. ...more »

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Geographically Uniques Areas Require Specific Planning

As we have seen during the 2017 hurricane season, the United States has multiple unique geographic areas to respond to; Pacific, Caribbean, Alaska, and Monroe County, FL. I can only speak to Monroe County, Florida presently as to its uniqueness for FEMA. It is a string of keys/islands with one road in and one road out; the county is divided into 4 areas: upper keys, middle keys, lower keys, and Key West a series of ...more »

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NFPA 1600 Handbook: Emergency Management and Continuity

I am educated in Project Management and Project Evaluation techniques. I have applied these skills for projects and for evaluation of an organization that implemented and emergency management program. NFPA 1600 is the Standard used for Emergency Management and Continuity Program implementation. I am wondering why FEMA is not following these standards. I have never heard this standard mentioned at FEMA and wonder ...more »

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Language Line and Spanish interpreters

As part of the Disaster Assistance Call Center, we have received an abundance of Spanish-speaking calls. ISSUES: 1. Many people utilize the Language Line (LL) interpreters for Spanish interpretation, but wait times can be up to an hour long. I struggle in communicating the possible wait time and therefore the survivor is not aware of the possible hour long wait.. There have been instances the survivor hangs up the ...more »

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SENIOR-FLEX WORK FROM HOME CALL CENTER

FEMA would greatly benefit by implementing a 55+ workforce for positions as Senior-Flex Work From Home Call Center Specialists. The agency is already strained with 85% of its workforce deployed, and the hurricane season is not over. Many “highly skilled” senior workers spend decades developing professionalism. They show responsibility, act ethically, demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving ...more »

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FEMA SCORE for PA operations

Introduction: Public Assistance accounts for 51% of FEMA budget. When disaster declared FEMA rushes hundreds of personnel to man the JFO and AFOs. Who should be doing what? Need: FEMA Disaster Management needs a quick and readily available way to evaluate and match available personnel pool with the required tasks. Why not have a FEMA SCORE attached to each disaster PA person. Assigned when somebody joins FEMA, and updated ...more »

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PUERTO RICO WATER DESALINATION OPTIONS AND CALCULATIONS

PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being ...more »

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Short wave link ups

As I help families locate loved ones in Barranquitas and Adjuntas Puerto Rico from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The frustration of having an army of "Ham Operators" State side not being able to get operators we know are available in Puerto Rico. Power is our biggest problem today. These licensed short wave operators have no power. How in today's day an age is this even possible? Bureaucracy. We over think the problem. I have worked ...more »

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