Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) develops our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, we need the input and diverse perspectives of the entire FEMA team, the stakeholders we serve, and the partners we work with every day. We need your help to inform our future vision, direction, strategic goals, and operational objectives.

The Agency is seeking feedback and engagement from our partners and stakeholders here. This is our first step in a new cycle of listening to employees at all levels, and stakeholders from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector about how we could do things better.

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  • Discuss ways FEMA can simplify disaster recovery programs, reduce disaster costs, and ensure accountability and fiscal stewardship

Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Adding IA to all Major Declarations

Deciding to declare IA is more of an art then a science and usually requires a time consuming PDA. Why not just declare IA every time that we declare PA. If there are just a few damaged residences then they can just go through the normal registration process and if there are many then we would have declared IA anyway. At a minimum a study should be conducted to look at PA only declarations to see if an IA declaration ...more »

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ROI for DSA?

The traditional DSA function of a disaster response should be restructured to provide IHP/IA training to all DSA staff. With modern technology and communication devices, registration intake has become easy for a large portion of our citizens. The real demand on disaster is getting inquiries and updates done. How about the agency just roll the DSA program and into the IA cadre program and provide in-depth training ...more »

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Enabling Puerto Ricans While Saving Money for FEMA and Country

It takes a great deal of time to get through to Spanish speaking interpreters, plus there is the cost. Why not establish an interpreter center in Puerto Rico and put Puerto Ricans to work - for FEMA - as Spanish translators at a lower cost? This would supply jobs and save money overall. It would give FEMA a leadership role in innovative overtures.

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Pontoon bridge for San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

We've all seen the heartbreaking videos of the residents from this small town crossing a swiftly flowing river via a hand thrown cable in order to access potable water, medicines, and food items... sometimes even to carry a sick relative back and forth to the hospital on their backs. Has anyone suggested to the Command Staff there, or the National Guard units, to deploy a military style floating bridge, or pontoon bridge, ...more »

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cost reduction using virtual DRC staff

DRC's can be virtual in most cases. Using a skype type system the applicant is talking to a person who can provide guidance without all the travel expense. FEMA could place computers at libraries or provide the web site and people could do it from home whenever its convenient for them. In those cases when a physical location is deemed necessary we may only need one as we can use the virtual system to supplement the effort ...more »

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member of infragard emp special interest group

TO expdite PR's electric infrastructure . there are 4 organization which can act efficentlyin the recoveryof electricity;(to save space please google those presented as follows :1.RecX 2.Grid Assurance 3.Windmill and battery storage manufactuers 4.AHCUSA . The first three ivvolve replacing the grid with spare parts and he last one relates to reparing and replacing poles and transmission lines.All four are with the ...more »

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CORE Positions

Why not ask current CORE if they would be willing to relocate/relocate to the long term recovery offices that will most likely be in Florida and the islands PR at this time. This would allow trained resources to be working in the front end in an effort to get it right from the beginning. Not to mention it would also allow those new hired to have a seasoned person to mentor and assist them. And most of all it will allow ...more »

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Disaster registration

Here is an opportunity for improving efficiency. If a survivor mistakenly inputs the income amount, the correct income amount can not then be changed to a lower amount and the survivor has to apply for an SBA loan. An example of why this should be evaluated: a survivor lost power and internet and due to her work schedule, her mother submitted her registration on her behalf. The mother entered the income incorrectly, ...more »

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Electrical equipment stockpiles

We have recently experienced multiple hurricanes that have devastated US Territories and States. The damage to the electrical grid further injures the population as it may result in issues with the production and distribution of fresh water, hinders communications, immobilizes many fuel and flood water pumps and endangers patients in hospitals and nursing homes. Although most of the damage to our electrical system may ...more »

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Rental Vehicles

Why does everyone have to have there own car when deployed? Speaking as someone who works in a DRC, once teams are put together and situated, why not turn in half the cars and start carpooling? A few pros and cons:

Pros:

Saves a lot of money

More cars available during big disasters

Team bonding

 

Cons:

You don't get your points

Not everyone will be pleased

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working 15 hours day after day affects performance and attitude

At Distribution Centers one should not have to work any longer than 12 hours to complete our work. Working for 15 + hours a day, day after day adversely affects ones performance and health. I suggest that FEMA work evaluate only 12 hour days so ones performance and health are not affected. Getting off at 10 p.m. and having to be back at work at 7 a.m. is not good policy when done over and over. I've worked at Staging ...more »

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FEMA CORE Positions

Large scale disasters need a lot of long term support. Why not create a list of CORE NTE 2 years positions that could be filled immediately; or within a month, when large disasters occur?. With all the disasters currently going on, this would have been the perfect time to hire some temporary CORE individuals. The current disasters out there will need help for years to come. Why not train a select group of Reservists, ...more »

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