Eco Woolis is a Mexican company that has developed a geodesic shaped portable structure, based on an igloo, that once assembled becomes a shelter that is over 344 sq. ft. and over 8 ft. high. Assembling the structure is simple and the heaviest piece weighs only a little over 15 lbs. The Mexican government plans to distribute the shelters for disaster relief in Mexico. In addition to disaster relief, Eco Woolis sees a ...more »
Presidential Policy Directive 8
“Everyone can contribute to safeguarding the nation from harm.” This sentiment, expressed by President Obama, is the foundation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8). PPD-8, signed by President Obama in March 2011, calls on all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens to play a more active and well-defined role in strengthening the nation’s security and resiliency. PPD-8 sets a vision for an America that is prepared for our greatest risks, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or pandemics. The directive calls for a number of actions to be taken in the near term to improve our security and resilience.
With help from across the whole community, FEMA and its partners have created a National Preparedness Goal, which sets the vision for building a more resilient and secure nation, and a National Preparedness System, which identifies the programs, processes and tools for achieving that vision.You also helped inform the contents of the first annual National Preparedness Report. The Report documents the significant progress the nation has made in the areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.
- National Preparedness Goal: Completed on Sept. 25, 2011.
- National Preparedness System Description: Completed on Nov. 24, 2011.
- National Preparedness Report: Completed on Mar. 30, 2012.
FEMA and its partners are now focusing on the next set of activities. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input into the development of these activities over the coming months. Your ideas and votes help us understand what works in the real world — in your community, school, or business. Together, we can make the nation more resilient and secure.
We need to have all forms standardized for all regions and sections. We need a repository to access these forms no matter where you're standing up an office. The forms also need to be kept updated so that individuals in each declaration doesn't decide they want to make "disaster specific" forms.
Disaster Specific needs to stop.
Encourage communities in seismically active areas to create long-range plans for seismic safety in privately owned buildings. San Francisco has created a draft 30-year plan with 50 important steps that will be taken to retrofit our buildings, strengthen our communities, and prepare in advance for the next big earthquake. Here in California, we know a big one is coming, it's just a question of when, where, and how large. ...more »
HSPD-8 vs. PPD8 Sitting here, rereading both of these documents...I am still trying to figure out what the REAL differences are between them. Considering the fact that the HSPD-8 is referenced in many areas of FEMA documentation, and that there really is no MAJOR changes from the HSPD-8, one can only wonder if this directive was issued as a political move, which really has no merit in emergency planning, or if it is ...more »
There are many tools available to help share information such as video, text, images, maps & sound. There are many different types of social media (twitter, youtube, FB, mapping). Social Media and Web 2.0 technology can handle larger capacities, is scalable, flexible and adaptable. This should be integrated into the day to day operations building community resilience between officials, agencies, and civilians (all-of-Nation) ...more »
We have developed a series of household preparedness efforts centered around high consequence "disasters" which seems unrealistic to community members. Often times, this leads to the question: "Why should I prepare so intensely for something that is not likely to happen?" This is a challenge to those charged with preparedness education; especially in the northeast. We have an opportunity to incorporate basic safety ...more »
The Ready Initiative leverages game play and the tools of the technology generation (the internet, social networking, and mobile communication) to enable individuals, families, small businesses, and communities to prepare for disasters, and to increase the effectiveness of FEMA in mitigating, managing, and communicating disaster impacts for those who are most in need (and historically the least ready) when a disaster ...more »
Anyone could sigh up for free service, using their cell phone or land line, for early warnings of severe weather. The call list could be created and updated via website or by calling into the center. The center could be set up the dial out to subscribers via local service providers. Could be linked with/through 911 dispatchers.
Instead of TCLs or CCL, we should use and endorse a national standard for an emergency management program. There are a few out there such as NFPA 1600 or EMAP. I like these because they require documentation to prove you have a Mitigation Plan as an example. I think the fundamental failure of TCL and potentially with CCL is that it is a check the box and the box is vague and not the reality for most across the country. ...more »
It is predicted that 2011 was the most expensive year for disasters globally in recorded history -- $350B in economic losses. Yet only $108B was covered by insurance. The US had twelve billion dollar events this year alone and FEMA needed more emergency funding. The cost of disasters is increasing and FEMA is being spread too thin. We should work to find ways to transfer the financial risk (and cost) of these disasters ...more »
Too many reservists will lead to too much down time and too much time between deployments. The little bit of training between deployments will not replace actual on the job experience. Increasing staffing to 12,000 reservists may look good on paper but I believe it will be detrimental to the purpose of the program which is to help disaster survivors. Keep staffing at current levels and use the "Fema Corps" as a surge ...more »
S.N.A.P. is an acronym for Start Now And Prepare. It is an emergency starter kit which contains 11 basic items and a completion plan to fully customize the kit to suit each household. It is currently entered into an online contest hosted by Wal-Mart. The direct link is http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/3148/S-N-A-P--Emergency-Start. If it is the top vote getter, it will be featured on Walmart.com and possibly gain ...more »