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FEMA's Disaster Websites Are A Disaster: FIX THEM!

FEMA needs a "Website Usability Specialist" to go through their websites to make sure they make sense to people who don't work for the agency!

The main FEMA website (FEMA.gov) and its subsequent disaster pages are confusing to navigate, difficult to understand, poorly laid out, and not intuitively designed for the mobile user.

On the disaster webpages for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria there are cumbersome maps... more »

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Supplies

After hurricane Irma and harvest there was fuel food and water shortage in affected states. Why not buy bulk of water and keep in storage till is needed buy fuel and have on stand by for shortages. As for food. Stockpile MRE'S TO pass out to shelters

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Invest in Generational Preparedness

Standard approaches to disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation often focus on a single point of failure: update this building, provide a training to meet a shortfall. Addressing preparedness in this way has a direct and recognizable impact which is most manageable for typical funding programs. This is an excellent approach for proven hazards. But when we look at buying down long term risk, are there other unexplored... more »

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Utilization of Volunteers for Operations, Supply Chain, and COMs

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CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-7: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT FOR OPERATIONS- OPERATIONAL COORDINATION, SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS-INTEGRITY-SECURITY, & OPERATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS (INCLUDING COMMAND AND SHELTERS)
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Utilization of Volunteers for Public Health Service Scenarios

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CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-10: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN PUBLIC HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL SERVICES, & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SCENARIOS
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Utilization of Volunteers in Public Works

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CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-16: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN PUBLIC WORKS EXPANSION CADRE SCENARIOS
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Utilize Volunteers as Auxiliary Security and Force Multipliers

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Utilization of Volunteers for Large Scale Responses

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Utilization of Volunteers in Hazard Scenarios

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Backup CAD for Overloaded Primary CAD; Experience in Harvey

While the above subject raises concerns re training lead time and cost, the package discussed below is free, and the IT Director discusses the training issue. The CAD package is available at
https://sourceforge.net/projects/openises/ and is free. (Package name is Tickets CAD; Other free CAD products may exist.)

One IT Director has posted the following re his experience using his backup CAD.

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Invent a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation fu

Recommend we invent a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation funding to provide a better service for our applicants when PA 406 funding, alone, does not properly fix the damaged facility. I have noticed two problems that seem to make this concept difficult to implement. First, the review and processing of 404 Mitigation funding applications is much more encumbered and time consuming than for the 406 Mitigation... more »

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Incentivize homwowners' best mitigation practices

Standardize homeowner best practices for specific hazards and require that all insurance providers incentivize personal mitigation efforts via lower premiums. For example, credit could be awarded for bolting houses to their foundations in earthquake country, for freeboarding in areas likely to flood, etc.

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Link Risk Analysis information to Critical Infrastructure

Risk Analysis produces information that can be used to assess a flood event coming in and how it may impact key infrastructure but the tools need to be developed to link these data sources. We have developed a tool for our region that translates incoming floods to flood frequencies that helps to focus on where the incoming flood will hit the communities the hardest (i.e. where might we see something greater than the... more »

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The "Three Cs" of Buying Down Risk

Land development in high risk areas (such as floodway/floodplain) occur due to a wide-range of public actions taken at the local level and supported at the state and federal level. Reversing the trend will require a cooperative effort between all agencies involved. Communication, coordination, and cooperation between federal agencies will enable state and local governments and leaders to protect high risk areas through... more »

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