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Use The Complete Federal Encumbrance For Mitigation Awards

FEMA, as the lead agency for Major Disaster Declarations, occupies a unique position within recovering communities where multiple Federal entities have authority to provide financial assistance, through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Awards from the Disaster Relief Fund. While other Federal Partners (USDA NRCS, FHWA, USACE, DOI, BLM, etc.) often have authority to assist in repair of damaged facilities, they do not have the ...more »

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Exercise improvement

Exercises should be conducted by other FEMA regions as opposed to contractors. This would be a great learning experience for both regions and lower the cost. We end up training the contractors and getting exercises that are not realistic and therefor have little benefit. A depository of exercises could be kept so we don't reinvent the wheel every time and would just need to update the existing exercise library and rotate ...more »

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Exercises should be conducted by other FEMA regions as opposed to contractors. This would be a great learning experience for both regions and lower the cost. We end up training the contractors and getting exercises that are not realistic and therefor have little benefit. A depository of exercises could be kept so we don't reinvent the wheel every time and would just need to update the existing exercise library and rotate ...more »

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Watch configuration in each region

The agency doesn't need a complete watch staff in each region - waste of tax dollars - the agency could have one or two watch centers working all ten regions and they could be located in a cost effective location. Operations should do the watch duties on a daily basis when possible with the national center taking over after hours and on weekends. If we know an event is on the horizon the region could decide to activate ...more »

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Watch configuration in each region

The agency doesn't need a complete watch staff in each region - waste of tax dollars - the agency could have one or two watch centers working all ten regions and they could be located in a cost effective location. Operations should do the watch duties on a daily basis when possible with the national center taking over after hours and on weekends. If we know an event is on the horizon the region could decide to activate ...more »

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FEMA should establish a programing unit to support all ten regions and HQ that will work from a location with a low cost of living relatively close to amenities or cities for events. The purpose is to cut expenses and provide support to bring our systems up to standard. We currently contract and cant make changes without spending outrageous sums of money which results in no modifications, outdated systems and greater ...more »

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FEMA should establish a programing unit to support all ten regions and HQ that will work from a location with a low cost of living relatively close to amenities or cities for events. The purpose is to cut expenses and provide support to bring our systems up to standard. We currently contract and cant make changes without spending outrageous sums of money which results in no modifications, outdated systems and greater ...more »

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Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

cost reduction using virtual DRC staff

DRC's can be virtual in most cases. Using a skype type system the applicant is talking to a person who can provide guidance without all the travel expense. FEMA could place computers at libraries or provide the web site and people could do it from home whenever its convenient for them. In those cases when a physical location is deemed necessary we may only need one as we can use the virtual system to supplement the effort ...more »

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cost reduction using virtual DRC staff

DRC's can be virtual in most cases. Using a skype type system the applicant is talking to a person who can provide guidance without all the travel expense. FEMA could place computers at libraries or provide the web site and people could do it from home whenever its convenient for them. In those cases when a physical location is deemed necessary we may only need one as we can use the virtual system to supplement the effort ...more »

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Move Regional offices out of high threat, hazard, cost areas

For whatever reason we located our Regional offices in some of the highest priced cities in the country. Most are not close to the state EOC where the Regional office is in, or even in the same city. For example, the Region IX office in Oakland, CA is located right in a major hazard area with fault lines running in all directions that could at any moment render the office and the entire Regional staff incapacitated. Additionally, ...more »

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Cease use of the STEP/Shelter At Home Program

In 2 separate events in the last administration, FEMA embarked upon a STEP/SAH program with the states of NY (Sandy) and LA (DR-4277) to allow state contractors to make temporary repairs to residences in an effort to speed recovery. In both scenarios, the program objectively failed to meet the mark. Post-analysis was conducted of each program and showed programs with high administrative fees, that did not meet survivor ...more »

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