One way that FEMA could become an expeditionary organization (EO) would be to partner with local first responders during the mitigation process. Cognitive mapping (CM) of a given area is often as important as mapping out a physical location. A CM program could incorporate the following ideas: Encourage military police (MP) from local bases to sign up for ride alongs with the local police department. This will help ...more »
Priority 2 – Become an Expeditionary Organization
FEMA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan development effort will be built around five strategic priorities and two strategic imperatives, as described in the 2015-2019 Administrator’s Intent.
FEMA's Region III and Office of Federal Disaster Coordination is leading the development of Priority 2 – Become an Expeditionary Organization. Through this strategic priority, FEMA seeks to increase and improve engagement across the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation mission areas by being present in the right place, at the right time and with the right people and resources. FEMA will work with our partners across the whole community to align with the needs and expectations of our partners.
FEMA is conducting stakeholder engagement as part of the Strategic Plan Priority 2 development process. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.
- Topic: Describe where you see opportunities for FEMA to increase and improve engagement across preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to improve expeditionary capabilities.
For FEMA to be an expeditionary force, that is on “a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, esp. that of exploration, scientific research, or disaster response, it needs to get out of Washington, D.C. This can be done easily by reducing decentralizing itself from Washington DC and increase its Regional offices with both staff and resources to implement its programs in all areas. ...more »
As an expeditionary force, FEMA needs to be able to address the needs of its staff at all locations and activities. To assist FEMA staff, FEMA should augment its EAP program with staff trained in peer-to-peer CISM or Psychological First-Aid (PFA). This would assist in ensuring staff operate effectively during a response and are resilient to the impacts of a response.
Citizen Corps, especially CERT, provides excellent citizen preparedness for members. However, much of that preparedness stays within the CERT team. Once teams are matured they should start going into the community to distribute preparedness information and conduct preparedness demonstrations.