Programs and courses such as FEMA’s “Train-the-Trainer” courses should be utilized to their fullest to train a wide array of stakeholders involved in education and outreach in their respective sectors. Through a strong and continued presence these trainers can continually build and expand the network of “mitigation informed” communities and organizations.
Excerpt from longer argument: FEMA exercised its strength on the incident response side of disaster management when it created NIMS and ICS in the National Response Framework. Many resisted, but that common language has been a success. For the same reasons, on the programming side, FEMA must now propose a national template to measure capabilities, resources, resiliency, and vulnerability. "The lack of agreement on ...more »
The multiple hurricanes and natural disasters of 2017 illustrated severe cascading effects from tech hazards impacted by natural disasters, and by failures of major critical infrastructure. In order to better support state and local emergency managers (as well as FEMA IMAT/LNO personnel) I would suggest the development of a Virtual Instructor Led course or series of EMI or CDP courses on natural disaster impacts to technological ...more »
Suggest looking at the Swiss PLANAT program for guidance on this topic as they have over 15 years of implementation experience we can learn from. A few key points of their program: 1. They do risk based cost benefit analysis and assign funding requirements based on the level of risk reduction that is received. A town, railroad, highway department, and even private entity can be asked to contribute a share of the mitigation ...more »
repetetive flood properties should be aided with flood mitigation other than raising home. grants can only be used for raising property. engineers should be able to come up with some other mitigation alternatives. most elderly residents do not have funds available this grant does not cover full cost. additionally raising would make home inaccessible for senior citizens without installation of elevator. another costly ...more »
Lately we all hear is about the way that FEMA has been listening to the Applicants and has changed to be more responsive to the Applicants. What FEMA doesn't seem to hear is "Where is my money?". FEMA needs to go to Congress and change the Stafford Act so that we can directly fund the Sub-Grantee. A simple fix could allow the ones who need the funding to get reimbursed in weeks instead of years.
Thinking of the following challenges, 1) Based on disaster stats, PA accounts for almost half of the after-disaster investment with Federal monies the primary funding source. 2) Although issues with the NFIP are complicated, a basic and major challenge is the NFIP struggles to secure adequate funding to meet the actual risks. 3) Some states can no longer secure HMGP funds because they have successfully applied mitigation, ...more »
The Agency should consider using a crawler message on television when a large Type 1 or multiple events tax our existing work force. The wording could be something like " Any former or retired FEMA employee who is interested in working during this disaster is encouraged to call 1-800-XXX-XXX." The Agency could then screen the callers and issue instructions to those whose skills are needed. This would speed up filling ...more »
Keep folks informed about system problems that will waste their time if NOT informed. Example: SoftSkill online training is NOT compatible with MS 10. Discovered the hard way, and telling everyone.
The use of centralized space management systems would greatly enhance the speed and efficiency in the management of call center surge staff assignments.Adding professional level space planning expertise would significantly improve the movement of surge staff from arrival to assignment. Sample staffing scenarios with associated schedules should be developed in advance. Once sample staffing scenarios are drafted, the associated ...more »
General recruitment comment. FEMA would benefit from a modified Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery [ASVAB test], and a physical fitness position requirement for deployment to certain locations or for certain positions [call centers and JFOs are different than field work]
The biggest complaint that FEMA encountered with the OFAs was that they did not have access to their work email. This came in handy if they needed to reset their password in webTA especially (there were many). In DTS, if the request could include creating a webmail or temporary FEMA account (to expire in 45 days) would speed up the training process tremendously. This would put everyone on the same page from the time ...more »