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

Submitted by (@tmorello)

Hiring practices for Public Assistance (PA) employees

In PA recent people hired do not have any background in infrastructure so that when they are sent out to inspect and report on damage to infrastructure they do not have the knowledge necessary to accurately describe the damage using the common vernacular for the particular facility, be it a hospital or a county road. Consequently when it comes to writing up the applicant's grant there is much confusion and revisiting ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

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Streamline Response

Instead of spending money to maintain regional IMATs who in the last few years are being kept on small PA disasters to "justify" their positions, use these resources as envisioned...for response. The "professionalizing" of emergency management where every FEMA employee is to be an emergency manager is not served when fixed regional teams are deployed for any disasters, even those that could be rune "virtually". Suggest ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@ken.radzieta)

Determining MHU Feasibility During Inspections

During home inspections, we should enable out contractors to determine if owners have property that is large enough for the placement of a MHU. This would allow for a faster determination of the need for the MHUs in an area, and would also cut down on the time delivering the units. If we start to determine the need sooner, we will be able to better meet the needs of the survivors, and simultaneously begin our demobilization ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@coulterjohnson)

Utilize GPS to aid in response and cost efficiency

Existing technology, which embodies GPS and mobile devices, easily facilitates added security and response time for FEMA. By employing this existing technology, accurate locations and sensitive response time during disasters are expedited and enhanced. FEMA should strongly consider utilizing GPS technology in their Government issued mobile smart phones: significantly increasing FEMA response efforts. The new location ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

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FEMA Mobile Home Housing Missions

We really need to revisit the idea of a "Travel trailer" type of unit - Tiny homes, maybe, or just units built to different standards then the original TTs. The Mobile home units are not cost effective nor are they even a good solution for most survivors, home owners do not want to leave their property, most localities do no want Mobile Home parks in their communities, the Parks and units take too long to put in place ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@audrey.dewittie)

Transforming Deployment Expectations

Historically, there has been a concerted effort to separate steady-state and disaster operations such that staff are in a state of "one or the other". Some resources are absolutely needed by the DR full-time, and occasionally the support needed is part-time due to the nature of the position, the size and needs of the DR, and the stage of Response/Recovery. Let's explore opportunities to provide this part-time support ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

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Professional Project Managers

If we created a cadre of professional project managers, we could reduce the costs of recovery by streamlining the recovery process. The writing and processing of PWs seems to take an inordinate amount of time. Seems like we should build capability in project management instead of FQS type training. It would allow those folks opportunities across the entire enterprise, as we have a need for project managers in response, ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@ronan.dalcross)

Registration Address Errors and Software Correction

On every disaster people misspell addresses, transpose numbers etc. When we pull reports we will find they have elevated a city to a county, a Miami and Miami-Dade county splitting the numbers, a City of Nicholas and a City of Nichols that are really the same, or a city with a zip code in another state. Existing processes are supposed to fix these errors, but do not catch them all and it is embarrassing for FEMA to provide ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@berlin.seymore)

Reducing Disaster Costs for Tribal Governments

While taking IS-650: Building Partnerships with Tribal Govts, I became aware of some of the continual problems related to language barriers, customs and frequent mistrust of the federal government by some officials within some tribal govts. This is merely an example of how relationships can be built and my focus is on the Navajo Nation based on an event that is projected to be potentially disastrous. The course stated ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

Submitted by (@bryan.miller2)

Cost Savings

We should not let an internal departments policy, process or procedure get in the way of reducing cost.

Example:

A travel cost comparison submitted that shows it will reduce the cost to FEMA being rejected because it was against a specific internal WDD travel policy.

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Submitted by (@audrey.dewittie)

Post Deployment Opportunities

When disaster resources are requested, personnel are either Direct Deployed (regional and HQ personnel) or a standard request is submitted which basically rotates through the list of IMC and RSV based on who was deployed. When each responder has 24 hrs to respond before their response defaults to 'decline', it can take days to find out if the resource need can be met--even partially. The deployment system can expedite ...more »

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