Mitigation Investment for the Nation

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Below are topics of interest for which we would like to generate dialogue: 1) Resilient Built Environment 2) Coordination of Disaster Risk Management among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Entities 3) State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments Sharing Fiscal Responsibility for Risk 4) Reduction with the Federal Government 5) Private Sector Involvement in Resilience Finance 6) Provision of ...more »

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Civilan workforce deployment through Federal Enterprise Centers

Growing congestion, extended commutes and increased reliance on transportation in rapidly growing extended metropolitan areas represents potentially one of the greatest vulnerabilities to respond to emergencies. It is the 'displacement' of tens or hundreds of thousands of civilian workers from their home communities. In a times of crisis, evacuations are the most costly aspects of response. Add to a crisis situation ...more »

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Incentivizing Disaster Preparedness, Kenneth Knox, M.A.

Given that there is a substantial relationship between disaster preparedness and the ability to mitigate loss of life, the pursuit of increased preparedness by the American public is a worthwhile goal. Because the public has a propensity to wait for some form of warning of a disaster before they begin to prepare for it, they are vulnerable to disaster. Strategic use of incentives in the form of tax credits, deductions ...more »

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iteractive Emergency Preparedness Network

The iEPN Empowering Children and Strengthening Resiliency – The iEPN is a youth-centered participatory tool for disaster climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The interactive Emergency Preparedness Network, according to Kevin Smith Director of the Salvation Army Emergency Services, Southeast Division State of Florida, recently retired Wayne Sallade Senior Director of Emergency Management Charlotte County Florida, ...more »

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Resilience Resource Matrix / Forum

In a discussion with a colleague at the 2017 HMA Stakeholders Workshop, I thought of an idea based on a need that we discussed. There are many beneficial federal programs related to resilience which was evident from the speakers at the Workshop and from previous experience. However, it can be difficult for a state, tribal or local government to find the resilience resources they may need to protect their communities. ...more »

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What Works

I once worked for a temp agency, filling out paperwork for people to be reimbursed for damage done to their homes by a hurricane. It was even promised that some could be rebuilt. But the were not clear, and would change. For example, when we started, we would scan receipts, sometimes dozens per client, that were from when they had paid for work or supplies for their homes. A few weeks into it, and we were told to ...more »

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Improving FEMA Internal Processes and Human Capital

Work/Rest Policy

Please consider a Work/Rest Policy similar to the one utilized by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which includes numerous federal agencies, and that has been in place for at least 20 years.

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Maxi-flex work schedule

Consider maxi-flex and similar work schedules, which other federal agencies have had for 20+ years. This could enhance employee morale and offset the requirement to deploy and be on call 24-7 without compensation.

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Telework

Consider making telework consistent across Regions, Headquarters, and with other federal agencies.

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Quarterly Training

In the wake of the DL 4277, and Hurricane Matthew, we experienced a surge in the need to have trained personnel to take Registrations for survivors. In order to maintain a certain level of readiness, everyone could become an RI agent, much the same way that in the Marines, everyone is a rifleman first, or in the army, everyone is a Soldier first, then they have their specialty. That being said, in order to better serve ...more »

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Buying Down Risk with Preparedness and Mitigation

NFIP

Please look at FEMA’s oversight of NFIP communities' enforcement of their flood damage prevention ordinances, especially following disasters. Communities agreed to enforce these ordinances in exchange for FEMA's flood insurance. Our flood insurance has historically paid for rebuilding damaged structures exactly the way they were before the damage even though our own insurance data and substantial damage technical assistance ...more »

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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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