What does everyone think about a Homeland Security Reserve comprised of Retired Police Officers like myself. This Reserve would unpaid but offered free travel and per-Diem while helping out with National Emergencies. There would probably have to be some sort of Physical Exam and limitations set but there is a very substantial amount of experience out there just going to waste. The Homeland Security Reserve would be ...more »
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In a number of disaster situations, I have asked victims what items they missed most or forgot to add to their 72 Hour Emergency Kits. The top 4 items listed were: 1) A rain cover for their kit. 2) NewSkin (liquid bandage) to protect blisters ...in a forced march situation. 3) A list of contents, to tell them what items they had put in their kits (but forgotten). 4) An extra water container (collapsible-type was ...more »
During many emergencies family members may be easily separated, and the confusion or chaos during any disaster often makes it more difficult for families members to find each other. Each family needs to have a central rally point that is reasonably secure and relatively easy for each family member to reach, adjusted for individual means of transportation. Such a rally point starts with a safe location near a family's ...more »
Homeland Security is about a collaborative national effort to secure the homeland from all-threats and all-hazards. National is used here in the sense of all levels of government: federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial; the public and private sectors; and the American people. All-threats and all-hazards is used in the sense of all intentional threats (crime, terrorism, war), natural (huricanes, earthquakes ...more »
Just recently I thought of the idea of street signs with GPS coordinates printed below them showing that signs location in relation to the street name or address. A longitude & latitude location in degrees and seconds showing these locations just under addresses and street sign locations. A (SGPSLID) Stationary #GPS Location ID. This will help recuers pin point locations via GPS coordinates making it easier and ...more »
Given the high number of nuclear plants that could be damaged by a natural or man-made disaster, every 72 Hour Emergency Kit should include some potassium iodide tablets. If a terrorist group is successful in the detonation of a "dirty bomb," these tablets may soon be in short supply. (Potassium iodide tablets offer thyroid protection from nuclear radiation.)
Correct and acurate maps given to FEMA/CR when responding is essential. EMA's in the affected area must have the correct GPS locations for us to respond to. Some area during last years Hurricanes were not GPS available, which slows down response. Making sure Cities keep updating Mapping will help in Response.
We all live in a target rich nation with somewhat frequent natural disasters, and we have limited resources to prepare to deal with the resulting man-made or natural emergencies. In addition, we have added problems related to nepotism, political conflict, corrupt special interests, policy battles between our often extreme right and left viewpoints, and shortages of qualified/ skilled leaders. With 1,383 current members ...more »
Over a period of 5 decades, I survived several major disasters because I had a complete 72 Hour Emergency Kit ...as I have posted on this forum. It seems that too many people believe they need no emergency kit since the government will rescue them. Another segment of our population cannot afford these kits even if they wanted them ... or they want to get by on the "cheap" hoping they will not meet with disaster. Thus, ...more »
The Center for Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) and the Univ. of IL Chicago (UIC) have developed a disaster preparedness simulator to give advanced training to emergency managers. These simulators have an array of disaster scenarios, with synthetic environments, requiring command decisions by human operators in training. If FEMA does not already have one of these simulators, please seek industry/ foundation ...more »
In order to deal effectively with any planning failure, it is first necessary to understand how and why they typically occur. The primary, relevant failures are: 1) A failure to learn; 2) A failure to adapt; and 3) A failure to anticipate. Flaws causing emergency planning failures include: A) Lack of imagination; B) Faulty assumptions; C) Analysis paralysis; D) A desire to protect the status quo; E) "Turf" battles; ...more »
Based on his U.S. Patent No. 5,402,021, Howard R. Johnson, an inventor from Blacksburg, Virginia, has been perfecting and testing a do-it-yourself electrical generator he says may be constructed for $100 (w/ parts from a hardware store). Said patent, dated 28 March 1995, has now expired, so the invention is available for public use. I suggest that FEMA work w/ Mr. Johnson to perfect and test his generator. If it does ...more »
Emergency preparedness funds are in very short supply. FEMA, with support elicited from Congress, needs to help assure that funds for local emergency preparedness efforts are actually used as intended. With funding shortages in almost every city and county, we need to prevent local politics from diverting preparedness funds for non-preparedness uses.
In the midst of our efforts in emergency management, sometimes we can get lost in the minutia and lose sight of our primary mission...protecting the health and safety of people. We know that those who can help themselves will. As such, we are often faced with supporting those individuals that require additional assistance. I propose that: (1) we standardize a framework for thoroughly assessing the population composition ...more »
Historically, the military has successfully used signal panels for effective battlefield communications. The VS-17 milspec fabric panel, 24 " x 70," is one example. Such panels are made to connect to other panels, with varied markings, to send messages and create so-called "conspicuity" (easy to see from the air). FEMA needs to develop an array of emergency panels to provide a way to send relief requests from the ground ...more »