All too often, in the past as well as now, congressional delegations & state legislatures have diverted preparedness funds away from all types of emergency preparedness projects ... and funds were used for "political pork" on efforts unrelated to preparedness. In the interest of public safety, FEMA has a fiduciary obligation to help assure that preparedness funds are used for preparedness purposes. All citizens need ...more »
Strategic Foresight Initiative
The Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) is a transformative, community-wide effort to create an enduring foresight capability. It is intended to advance strategic planning and thinking about the future, to prepare the emergency management community both for emerging challenges and for the key opportunities presented by our changing environment. Its core focus is to understand the factors driving change in our world, and to analyze how they will impact the emergency management field in the United States over the next 20 years. Fundamentally, the SFI seeks two outcomes: (1) an emergency management community prepared for whatever challenges the future holds; and (2) a common sense of direction and urgency, to drive action toward meeting our shared future needs—starting today. Achieving these objectives will require ongoing conversations among diverse stakeholders, the creation of a common sense of awareness, and leadership throughout the community to make the needed changes to prepare our Nation for the future.
FEMA is only one member of the emergency management community. Therefore, to expand our community’s exposure to and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing us, the SFI engages all levels of government, non-profits, businesses and individuals. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input on the challenges and opportunities the future holds for emergency and disaster management. Your ideas will help shape the future work of the SFI.
The SFI adopted a rigorous approach to thinking about future needs for emergency management. The Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report represents the most comprehensive analysis to date of the future outlook facing those in our community of practice.
We are providing three discussion topics – highlighted in section III of the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 Report - for you to contribute and share your ideas with the emergency management community.
To learn more about SFI and to read additional research materials, we encourage you to visit our website.
At a time when recent college graduates find it difficult to obtain really meaningful employment, it may be time for FEMA to offer significant numbers of Emergency Management (EM) Internships. In order to gain a meaningful EM work experience, and a credible "block" of experience for their resumes, many prospective interns might be willing to volunteer or work for very minimal wage. This would be a "win-win-win" situation ...more »
In a recent power grid failure that affected Ohio and W. Virginia, I noticed long lines of cars at a gas station in Coolville, OH. The only station for miles that could pump gas because they had a back-up generator. Why can't we have gas stations at strategic locations in our communities that are equipped to handle these situations similarly. They should be located to minimize major traffic problems through long lines ...more »
Establish a long term plan for cultural change and resiliency by developing curriculum for emergency preparedness in elementary, middle and high schools.
In recent hearings by Congress, the Dept. of Homeland Security & FEMA were found to have several recent violations of established ethical standards. If corrupt activities erode public trust, preparedness efforts are generally weakened. Most Americans already lack trust in Congress because a majority of our elected representatives become "hooked" on "political payola" (large, sustained campaign contributions) ...from ...more »
Citizens are key to resiliency and they expect to use social media during disasters as part of a comprehensive, layered info system. While some agencies use social media to distribute info, we have largely ignored the huge potential of crowdsorcing to help verify and inform the whole community. Social media is also critical for communities to self organize recovery efforts (cleanup party at a school, or clearing debris). ...more »
In past hurricanes, thousands of Public Trucks, Police Cars, Buses, Fire Apparatus, Ambulances, Heavy Equipment, etc, were abandoned to the storm when they could have been loaded onto trains, and shipped to safety, so that they could have been put back into service when the flood receded. The intelligent use of trains would save many millions of dollars and greatly speed up recovery.
I had the pleasure of speaking to a number of VMAT team members (Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams) at the most recent Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. (I hold a Master's degree in Assistance Dog Studies and now specialize in Assistance Dog Law.) VMATs are often called during deployments to the Emergency Shelters because a person with a disability is seeking shelter and is requesting that they be allowed to have their ...more »
Individuals, families, & businesses can participate in growing their own emergency food supply indoors 24/7/356. Using sunlight tubes or grow-lights, grow-beds w/ special soil mixes, & micro-drip irrigation, it is possible to grow significant amounts of food in a very small space. During summer months, you can expand to grow on a porch or balcony ... and even add some edible landscaping around your home or office. ...more »
In mega-shelters, where there may be thousands- or tens of thousands of evacuees, information, to them, is in their minds just as important as food and water. Lack of public information breeds chaos in large shelters. Public address systems that are usually found in most large stadiums, arenas, etc. are often difficult to hear clearly over the crowd. I propose that mega-shelters have the capacity to install a 1 Watt radio ...more »
Postal employees are payed bi-weekly and have infrastructure to pay its people in emergency.
Old postal facilities now deemed expendable would make great storage facilities for diesel fuel and bottled water.
Picks and shovels could be stored at same locations.
Postal workers are tried and true government employees who would like to work in the case of emergency of this magnatude
I am doing research on the use of drones for emergency situations such as firefighting etc by FEMA and am not finding very much . The research I have done so far indicates that the cost of drones is less expensive the standard planes .