FEMA Think Tank

Editor’s note: this topic will close on Wednesday, August 27. Thank you to everyone who participated.

FEMA wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve the emergency management system at all levels. We recognize that the best solutions to the challenges we all face are generated by the people and the communities who are closest to these challenges. That is why we are asking for input on a variety of emergency management issues, such as how as we prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against all types of disasters.

Submit your own ideas, comment on others, or participate in conversations that will help to generate creative ideas.

And again, thank you for participating.

(@davidbthelen)

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Consider online games to develop better disasters systems

Online games can make a better world and create a better disaster recovery system. Please watch this video below on a summary of how online games can help. http://blog.ted.com/2010/03/17/gaming_can_make/ Let us take wildfires for example. We need to detect then put out wildfires as soon as they begin. This link below has current technology to detect wildfires. http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?articleid=1183271... more »

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Rural Fires

In rural areas, served by volunteer fire departments, initial response time is important. Consider a test program that places 200-300 gallon water trailers in micro stations outside of a 5 mile radius from a vol fire department. Maybe a farmer would allow a small structure to be placed on his property that would house such an apparatus. A trailer that had a monitor/ or 1 inch booster line, and water could slow the spread... more »

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(@lee0001)

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Cell site emulator for search and rescue

I was out in the middle of the desert this weekend and thought of an idea for Search and Rescue in remote areas without cell service. A small mobile cell phone site emulator that could be used in a helicopter, plane or drone flown over a search area. It doesn't need to connect to be cell phone network. It just needs to emulate a cell site for the person or people that they're trying to locate. If the lost party connects... more »

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(@melissa.reed)

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Providing Equal Access to Emergency and Disaster Information

Local communities and individual residents in general lack the skills, education and know-how to properly prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters. This can be attributed to many factors but the following three major factors will be discussed here. First, people in general have failed to be prepared for emergencies and disasters because they have not been made aware of the dangers and hazards that may affect their... more »

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(@dpspivey)

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uniform identification for public safety personnel

As an elected official and a firefighter, I find it troubling that there is not a uniform standard for police and fire identification (ID cards). In times of disaster a police officer or firefighter can provide much needed assistance, but without a uniform standard for ID cards you could get anyone from a professional with technical rescue training to a wannabe that made his own id card. As some one in the field I would... more »

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(@jtl000)

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Enhance our technologies linking documents to survivor registr.

One of the greatest challenges in expeditiously processing IHP grants for survivors is the wait time for them to send in documents that are then scanned and then attached to their file before further processing. Equip and train the various field staff (DSA, FEMA CORP, DRC Staff, State Staff) with the ability to scan a file or necessary documents directly into a survivor's application (NEMIS Registration) that will then... more »

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(@davidbthelen)

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT-Creating more Goodwill momentum

FOOD FOR THOUGHT...What is it about a nice smile or someone letting you in traffic? It makes your day! Is it Newton's Laws of Emotions? Can this video (link below) here be simply Newton's laws of emotions that for every action there is like but opposite reaction? http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/police-officer-stops-to-play-catch-with-boy-playing-alone-002435126.html?vp=1... more »

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Who is Reading This

Many people submit ideas but there is no way of knowing if someone in authority is reading or following up. I would like to suggest that if an idea receives upward of 25 agrees then upper management give some feedback. This would encourage people to suggest ideas knowing that this site is worth more then just a chance to ventilate.

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Once deployed, many Reservists lose thier off deploy jobs

Reservists are considered a vital component of the resources available for FEMA disaster deployment. Many reservists actively obtain work while not deployed to a disaster. Once a disaster is declared and the deployment process initiates, those reservists have to give up that job as the company generally has nothing in its policies on how to hold federal civilian employee positions as they are not military reservists.... more »

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(@skytyper1)

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Turn Around Time of Think Tank Ideas

Out of all the input here on so many areas of management, etc. I am curious on any conclusive resolutions that members have given. I see the tabs of "In Review" "In Progress" and/or "Complete." All of which state 0. My idea is that FEMA not take their time and push through the red tape to either decide on these issues or pass. We could be posting forever on the "what ifs" and never know results. My idea is establish... more »

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(@kstbis)

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customized weather alert app

A new customizable weather alert app that will show a live map of your location relative to the approaching storm and provide options to locate friends, family members and pets with GPS technology (imbedded in collars for pets and bracelets for children). It will indicate how much time you have to reach a safe location or what precautions to take if you are not near a safe area. It will also provide a list of suggested... more »

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(@davidbthelen)

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Consider multi-levels walls of protection

After reading about how IT people will create more than one wall of protection to increase data security from cyber attack. They should do the same around buildings (schools, churches, malls, airports) as well. There could be one (figurative) wall completely at the outside of these buildings (i.e. parking lots.) They would build mini indoor "checkpoints" staffed with service dogs. These checkpoints would be "layer 1"... more »

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(@sda000)

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Emergency Contacts

Barely 90 percent of the U.S. population has a proper plan in place for their emergency contacts. Many have become so complacent with the task. The general public has no idea how much time, every day, 911, police, hospitals, etc., spend trying to contact family or friends due to a loved one. I know because I spent years doing it and decided there is a better way and I have dedicated over two years, putting my plan into... more »

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(@rachelrice)

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NEw jobs

I work for DHS and was part of the surge capacity. I think that FEMA should have full time employees on the northern border even if they are housed in another agency. They would be able to go and assess damage and help with disasters. The closest place is Albany and in the long run this would save on money. This person could work VT and Upstate new York hitting region 2 and 1. Traveling along the northern coast. They... more »

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(@jfrancis232)

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Repurpose UAVs as disaster survey equipment

using commercial and retired UAV aircraft to survey buildings that might contain survivors in a disaster scenario. Quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to enter potentially unstable buildings to look for potential trapped people and hazards without risking injury to personnel. These aircraft are easy to use and control, as well as being readily available. These devices can be outfitted with specialized... more »

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