Buying Down Risk with Preparedness and Mitigation

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.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss this topic between now and October 5, 2017.

Topic Area 2

  • Provide examples of how to incentivize more investment in preparedness and mitigation prior to a disaster.
  • Discuss the factors that should be included in calculating risk for awarding grants.
  • Provide examples of grants that are best suited for effectively reducing risk.
  • Provide examples of how the Nation, including but not limited to FEMA, can better train and credential a surge disaster workforce ahead of major disasters.
  • Discuss new ways to think about a true culture of preparedness.
  • Discuss opportunities to identify cost savings and reduce the complexity of mitigation and/or preparedness to build a more resilient nation

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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

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-7: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT FOR OPERATIONS- OPERATIONAL COORDINATION, SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS-INTEGRITY-SECURITY, & OPERATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS (INCLUDING COMMAND AND SHELTERS) - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers for Public Health Service Scenarios

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-10: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN PUBLIC HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL SERVICES, & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SCENARIOS - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers in Public Works

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-16: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN PUBLIC WORKS EXPANSION CADRE SCENARIOS - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints may begin to consider how they could ...more »

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Utilize Volunteers as Auxiliary Security and Force Multipliers

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-6: ON-SCENE AND PHYSICAL DEFENSE & PROTECTIVE MEASURES SECURITY, BORDER, COASTAL, PERIMETERS, NATURAL, CULTURAL, SUPPLY CHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION, INTERDICTION, DISRUPTION, DETECTION - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers for Large Scale Responses

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-9: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT AS STATE & LOCAL EXPANSION CADRE OF ESSENTIAL PUBLIC & PRIVATE SERVICES, SEARCH & RESCUE, MEDICAL TREATMENT AND MASS CARE RESPONSES - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers in Hazard Scenarios

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-14: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN HAZARD SCENARIOS - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints may begin to consider how they could utilize volunteers like ...more »

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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. "I am the IT Director ...more »

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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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