National Preparedness Report: Sharing General Views on Preparedness

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Sharing General Views on Preparedness

  • Successful approaches that your community or organization has used to assess preparedness.
  • Successful ways that you have seen whole community partners — including non-governmental organizations, volunteers, citizens and the private sector — contribute to preparedness.
  • The most critical unmet preparedness needs in your community.

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Public Information on Appropriate Donations

I've worked in volunteer management during disaster response for about three years in Missouri and I feel very strongly regarding the lack of intelligence when it comes to the public's view of donations. If the general public could have a means to learn the appropriateness of donated items, timing, and delivery process, the focus of donations managers would be clearer, and less stressful. I literally had a man bring me ...more »

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Sister Preparedness Communities

Communities with similar emergency preparedness/ disaster recovery problems should share ideas, plans, projects, preparations, and/or recovery efforts as sister cities/ communities. Not all great ideas come from the same place, so the more people working together, to help solve common problems, the better the solutions. For cities that are reasonably close, mutual assistance agreements might be feasible. In cases where ...more »

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Physician Training in Crisis Preparedness

Few physicians are trained or prepared to deal with a large-scale crisis situation. More medical personnel need to be instructed using the Johns Hopkins emergency training in residency curricula. This program includes a series of lectures, tabletop & practical exercises, online content, response planning, physical & mental health issues, and other instruction on other aspects of emergency management. We need a great ...more »

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Standards for Emergency Management Education

At last count, there were 3,920 community colleges, colleges and universities providing a confusing array of theory-based or performance-based training with many ad hoc versions of this instruction. A few of these institutions follow guidelines provided by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), but most others do their own thing. To have the kind of emergency management leadership and cooperation we need, a more ...more »

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Easier College Credit for Training

I have greatly benefitted from the training that I have received through many State and Federal training programs, but getting college credit for them seems impossible or a huge hassle. Could FEMA lead the charge in helping make the training that we benefit from for our day to day EM and response activities also help us finish degrees? Thereby helping the Emergency Management discipline as a whole to achieve greater ...more »

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Come together

We should all be responsible to respond in an emergency and not wait for someone else to save us.Not so much as individuals but as a community,organize ,communicate,and care for each other.There is strength in unity.

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72 Hour Kit Item-of-the Month

If you do a Google search for 72 hour kits, you will now find a confusing array of such kits ...some with inferior products, and some lacking essential items needed for evacuation support/ disaster recovery. I suggest that FEMA start and operate a website where citizens may nominate items they believe provide the best survival advantages and value. Each month, one of these items would be nominated as the best buy for ...more »

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Minimal Qualifications for County Emergency Managers

In recent communications with a county in Colorado, I discovered they were seeking a new emergency manager for their county. They were looking for a person with high school education, some initial training in emergency management, and familiarization with grant writing. The real priority, for this particular county, was not to find the best qualified emergency manager, but a person who would work for $10 hourly while ...more »

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Build Homes to Survive Probable Disasters

In some areas of the world, new home designs/ construction are being used to provide the means for individuals/ families to survive probable disasters. For arid regions of NW China, where high winds & sand storms are the major threat, groups of 4 homes are constructed underground ... with each home facing a below ground, open-to-the-sky common yard and garden. These types of homes are also appearing in areas with frequent ...more »

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National Disaster Recovery Framework

This document was issued in the fall but no one seemed to notice or care. Why isn't the topic of long-term recovery from disasters on this list?

Why don't people care about the phase that is the longest and hardest?

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Better local level training

I think there needs to be better local level preparedness training. I am on a FD and we are prepared for CBRNE but when it comes to anything other than that, we are CLUELESS. We often know the state level does training but local level jurisdictions are never incorporated. We need to have better interoperability so we can all be on the same page when a disaster happens.

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Urban Evacuations or Shelter-in-Place

Some major disaster may require urban residents to evacuate and/or shelter-in-place. In both situations, people need to soon be made aware of the plan or plans so they can respond as required for their own safety. It takes advance planning, for both options, as regards making the needed water, food, sanitation, shelter, and communications available when and where needed ...for large numbers of people. In the case of ...more »

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