(@stephanie.r.hall85)

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Sandbags and rising waters

In most areas on the news you see a community slowly stacking bags near an area that will flood soon to keep water or other erosion from destroying their homes. While in remote areas this is usually done because logisticly speaking this is the best method for the lowest cost ratio, but there is another way.... Every state and county has barricades, and those barricades (especially the solid cement or plastic water barricades)... more »

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(@hross0)

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School issues

In an emergency everyone turns to the schools, unfortunately most are not prepared, not trained, and emergency responders run up against rules that are frustrating at the least and life threatening at the worse.
It would be nice if some how FEMA could offer the training because it won't be done at the school level, not because it isn't needed, but because of drastic budget cuts in education. When something happens the... more »

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(@jcaffin)

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Individual Preparedness

FEMA HQ should approach Congress with a proposal to create a tax credit for individuals who purchase emergency kits from an approved list of kits and providers. Each kit should be a sealed five gallon plastic paint type bucket, color coded. Kit types should include; 1) Food-dehydrated (suitable for long term storage, 2) water purification with instructions (both tablets and water filter pump), 3) emergency medical (with... more »

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(@mandibeal)

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Taking emergency preparedness into communities www.HOTeam.org

Hello,

I am program director for Health Operations Team, Inc a 501 c 3, in Atlanta, GA. One of our core programs is Emergency Preparedness Planning.

We all know that this information is out there, especially on the internet, and yet, there is still a disconnect when it comes to people taking the necessary steps to get prepared.

It is reported that only 27% of Americans are fully prepared, meaning: They have a plan... more »

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(@jcema0)

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K-12 School Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)

In 2007 Enterprise High School was heavily damaged by a F-4 tornado rendering it unusable and disrupting the educational process. The same happened in April in Joplin Missouri with several school being damaged or destroyed. COOPs are not mandated at this level of academic endeavors and in a great deal of cases not even considered. There are some states that mandate COOPS for university and governmental entities. With... more »

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FEMA IA Inspectors

The inspectors should not be paid per inspection, i.e. piece work. They need to be trained better. If FEMA is spending money for repairs, the damage inspections need to be done well, and they are not.
I used to work at a Community Action Program where I did many, many flood inspections, and the FEMA private contractor inspectors don't reflect a quality one would expect in the expediture of FEMA moneys.

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(@nicksloan)

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EM Coffee Break Training

Similar to the USFA Coffee Break Training Program; a FEMA Coffee Break Training Program would foster an common awareness and understanding of important emergency management and homeland security laws/regulations, principles, history, definitions, etc. This fast growing discipline it is essential to provide a common framework that all EM professionals can agree upon. The EM Coffee Break Training could provide this platform... more »

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(@sondra)

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Alert Systems

Many cities have or belong to an Emergency Alert system. I did not see any alerts during your testing. Normally I am alerted via text message and/or phone alert to my home phone. Nor did I see anything on facebook or twitter until the test was over and everyone was asking if it worked. I think we as a nation have to realize how to communicate with the public. Social Network sites are imperative, text messaging, local... more »

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Utilize Industry

I'd recommend for most catastrophic needs for FEMA that the services/commodities industries be contacted for better ideas on how to utilize them. For example FEMA could provide average hurricane losses in homes each year, 5 years, etc. Industry could put together a plan in partnership with FEMA to keep so much plywood and other building materials stockpiles somewhere to fill that need. The actual suppliers may need to... more »

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(@ethanpdx)

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Preparedness and Sustainability Linkage

Many sustainable practices pay dividends in a disaster. Bicycle transportation, gardening, water catchment, canning, solar power etc are all examples of activities which make communities better places to live AND make communities more self-relient when infrastructure and critical supplies are halted. Connecting the dots under the banner of community "resilience" should be a focus of FEMA activity. If no disaster strikes,... more »

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(@cat000)

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CERT Training in Social Media Situational Awareness

We are recommending that C.E.R.T teams and other segments of the Citizen Corps be trained in Social Media monitoring and response.

Crisis-mapping provides incremental intelligence to a broader audience allowing neighbors to assist neighbors in need. This can reduce the demand on traditional response organizations and even alleviate non-emergency calls in local channels that can already be overwhelmed. However, this... more »

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(@peter.locke)

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Let the locals do the thinking

I have been involved with Emer. Mgt. for 20 years. I have managed 7 Presidential disasters and many more local emergencies. My biggest problem is FEMA/Homeland Security and the State. The federal and state government has placed a mountain of paperwork on my desk that restricts my ability to complete the real work within my community. A 10 minute piece of paperwork to report an exercise 20 years ago has escalated into... more »

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(@emgis0)

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Hazard Reporting - All-Hazards Feedback

USGS has a website for "Did you feel it" to allow people to report on earthquakes that were felt - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/. A similar type of approach from other hazard partners would be helpful (NWS, USGS, NOAA, etc).

We know of NOAA's "Turn Around Don't Drown" message, but having a way to report data in a standard way, identifying your location, answering basic questions, etc would be helpful.... more »

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(@emgis0)

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10 Year / 50 Year Flood Zones - DFIRM Flood Maps

The FEMA Digital FIRM maps have 100 year and 500 year flood zones identified. Detailed studies to create those zones also identify 50 year and 10 year water elevations that could be used to identify areas of greater risk than the 100 year flood zone.

The maps should be able to depict all 4 zones. While the primary purpose is for insurance rates, being able to see on a map the areas where you expect flooding more often... more »

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