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Grant of the Month: Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program. Homeowners that are selected for the program are eligible for a rebate of 75% of the cost to construct a safe room, up to a maximum of $4,875. Funding for this Program was made available thru FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. The Ohio Emergency ...more »

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Improving FEMA Internal Processes and Human Capital

Teaching People Their Job Duties

Upon being hired with FEMA, staff are then brought to EMO. At EMO, you go through different "Need To Knows": the history of FEMA, DTS, WebTA, Concur, Task Book, FEKC, and more. They do not teach you what your actual duties, that correspond with your job title. You are left wondering what you will be doing, and how to do it. Once arriving to a deployment, your confusion is compounded by all your cohorts speaking about ...more »

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Improving FEMA Internal Processes and Human Capital

Teaching People Their Job Duties

Upon being hired with FEMA, staff are then brought to EMO. At EMO, you go through different "Need To Knows": the history of FEMA, DTS, WebTA, Concur, Task Book, FEKC, and more. They do not teach you what your actual duties, that correspond with your job title. You are left wondering what you will be doing, and how to do it. Once arriving to a deployment, your confusion is compounded by all your cohorts speaking about ...more »

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Improving FEMA Internal Processes and Human Capital

Enhancing FEMA App., w/ Interactive Quick Reaction Checklists

(Submitted on behalf of Patricia Young (202)357-8116, DHS OCHCO and member of the DHS Employee Preparedness Initiative Working Grp.) Patricia and other members of the DHS Employee Preparedness Initiative Working Grp realize that training is not the solution for all performance issues and it with this principle that she and her fellow DHS Working Group members would like FEMA to consider the feasibility of improving the ...more »

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Mitigation Investment for the Nation

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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Mitigation Investment for the Nation

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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Disaster Resilience Indicators

US Power grid needs Massive overhaul for Cyber Attack

Ted Koppel has just put out a book detailing a frightening scenario if the US power grid was compromised due to a cyber attack...and well, it would cripple our infrastructure for months or years. http://www.salon.com/2015/10/27/ted_koppel_exposes_the_biggest_threat_to_national_security_you_havent_heard_about_the_government_has_no_plan/ The worst part, according to his interviews with key officials, is that the Federal ...more »

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Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

Are we 24/7 Field Triage Prepared?

Original post, http://fema.ideascale.com/a/dtd/24-7-Field-Triage-Preparedness/319348-14692 Top 15 for 3 years. The recognition & adoption of a standardized national illuminated color coded system for triaging MCI patients 24/7. Today different States & organizations use different triage cards & tapes to triage patients. The one thing they all have in common is not the language or format of the triage cards but it is ...more »

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Increasing Transparency & Enhancing Disaster Preparedness

A STATISTICAL GLIMPSE OF SMALL BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS CHALLENGES

PURPOSE: U.S. statistics may imply that >70% of private-sector small businesses have time or money constraints that adversely impact their preparedness. - CONDITIONS, BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS IS LIKELY TO BE CONSTRAINED IN: 1. Sole-proprietorships and other single person businesses. => As of 2013 there are 19,850,941 Sole-proprietorships businesses in the U.S. =>Businesses that are sole-proprietorships may be functioning ...more »

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FEMA Think Tank

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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Topic 2: Understanding and Communicating Risk Exposure and Costs

Challenging the 'Why' of Small Business Preparedness

Why is it that so few small businesses prepare for emergencies? Or is that even the right question... Maybe the question should be more along the lines of, Why do so few small businesses focus on preparedness in response to the avalanche of messages prompting them to do so?I submit that the breakdown is not with the business owner not wanting to prepare but more so with the way in which the message of preparedness is ...more »

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Priority 4 – Enable Disaster Risk Reduction Nationally

Preparedness Priority for National Security Targets

Priority should be given to areas of extreme national security. Fort Knoxx, Cape Canaveral, New York City, etc. All of these areas house an important target: gold reserves, US spaceport, Wall Street. These are large targets that should get priority over other areas. Security is already heightened in these areas, however public training and preparedness is often lax. By giving priorities to these areas and encouraging ...more »

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Strategic Foresight Initiative: Putting Foresight Into Practice

Resilience and preparedness; a differing opinion

I reject the notion that collectively, citizens are ill or un-prepared for disaster, and that it is somehow incumbent upon governments to ameliorate this situation. There are populations that are found to depend on others, at varying degrees, for their life, health and/or welfare and find they’re either unwilling or unable to cope and persevere in the face of change or adversity. Individual and organizational resilience ...more »

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Emergency Management, Healthcare and Public Health

NIMS and National Pandemic Strategies

This is another opportunity to enhance the synchronization between NIMS and the more dated but current national pandemic strategies and plans to include the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (2005),1 National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza - Implementation Plan (2006) 2 and HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (2005)3. The importance of cooperation, coordination and collaboration in planning and preparing for a pandemic ...more »

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Role of Faith-based and Community Organizations in Advancing the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

Plan ... for Coping

The Disaster Distress Helpline (a program of SAMHSA administered by Link2Health Solutions, a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Mental Health Association of NYC) encourages EMgrs & others working in disaster response to help educate survivors of disaster, first responders, loved ones of victims and the general public regarding the importance of anticipating emotional needs when disasters and other emergencies strike. ...more »

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