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GPS for alerting, planning, and aid

FEMA’s smartphone Apps should be updated to allow for GPS location data. When a disaster strikes, FEMA could send a message through the App and directs the public, based on their location, to the closest shelter or area for local help. This new ability would aid officials in directing their efforts to save the living, injured, and hold efforts on recovering casualties. The location system would both detect and color ...more »

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SENIOR-FLEX WORK FROM HOME CALL CENTER

FEMA would greatly benefit by implementing a 55+ workforce for positions as Senior-Flex Work From Home Call Center Specialists. The agency is already strained with 85% of its workforce deployed, and the hurricane season is not over. Many “highly skilled” senior workers spend decades developing professionalism. They show responsibility, act ethically, demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving ...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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Evaluations for reservists

The evaluation required from a JFO for a reservists is inadequate at best and I believe underutilized as a result. The evaluation needs to be revised from pass fail to a 1-10 scale on each item (items need revision as well) with a written explanation required for each item with special emphasis placed on the upper and lower limits to include recommendations for improvement on the lower end and recommendations for the ...more »

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IM Rotational Assignments for PFTs

FEMA should consider offering rotational assignments in the IM workforce to PFTs. There are many PFTs who actually enjoy field work and being directly involved with recovery. They also enjoy the stability of a PFT position. They might not be willing to give up their PFT position for an IM-CORE, but they would take a rotational assignment to be primarily IM-deployable or deployed to disasters for one or two years. ...more »

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You May Also E-Mail Comments Directly to fema-nmis@fema.dhs.gov

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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FEMA SCORE for PA operations

Introduction: Public Assistance accounts for 51% of FEMA budget. When disaster declared FEMA rushes hundreds of personnel to man the JFO and AFOs. Who should be doing what? Need: FEMA Disaster Management needs a quick and readily available way to evaluate and match available personnel pool with the required tasks. Why not have a FEMA SCORE attached to each disaster PA person. Assigned when somebody joins FEMA, and updated ...more »

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Language Line and Spanish interpreters

As part of the Disaster Assistance Call Center, we have received an abundance of Spanish-speaking calls. ISSUES: 1. Many people utilize the Language Line (LL) interpreters for Spanish interpretation, but wait times can be up to an hour long. I struggle in communicating the possible wait time and therefore the survivor is not aware of the possible hour long wait.. There have been instances the survivor hangs up the ...more »

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PUERTO RICO WATER DESALINATION OPTIONS AND CALCULATIONS

PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being ...more »

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Public Service Announcement on Preparedness and FEMA purpose.

FEMA should create and broadcast public service announcements immediately before, during and after hurricane season to articulate three (3) themes: Inform the American public of their personal responsibility for emergency preparedness. Americans need to mature into an individually responsible, preparedness culture - evacuating upon demand, storing 3 days food, clothing, water, personal effects and medications at hand, ...more »

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Using Section 323 of the Stafford Act

Section 323 of the Stafford Act (Minimum Standards for Public and Private Structures) ":The President may require safe land use and construction practices after adequate consultation with this section with appropriate state and local officials." In areas without land use management (and floodplain management, building codes, coastal zone management and zoning) simply rebuilding and replacing current damaged housing and ...more »

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