Given that there is a substantial relationship between disaster preparedness and the ability to mitigate loss of life, the pursuit of increased preparedness by the American public is a worthwhile goal. Because the public has a propensity to wait for some form of warning of a disaster before they begin to prepare for it, they are vulnerable to disaster. Strategic use of incentives in the form of tax credits, deductions... more »
Mitigation Investment for the Nation
The Mitigation Framework Leadership Group is seeking input on topics related to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to identify data, information, ideas, and experience to help guide national investments in disaster resilience and hazard mitigation.
Major disasters like Hurricane Sandy, EF-5 tornadoes in Oklahoma and extreme weather events in Colorado persistently test our Nation’s capacity to adapt and recover. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, non-profit, and private sector organizations have accepted the challenge to make communities and critical infrastructure less susceptible to these hazards.
However, each organization has different approaches, funding sources, mandates, and requirements for investing in efforts to mitigate disaster risk. This has created a complicated mix of priorities and pathways for communities to navigate if they want to incorporate mitigation and long-term disaster resilience into planning, building and rebuilding.
A National Mitigation Investment Strategy accomplishes two goals:
- Increases the effectiveness of investments in reducing disaster losses and increases community resilience
- Engages stakeholders across the nation in identifying and implementing strategies that can help guide resource allocation decisions by the federal government, as well as, state, local, tribal and territorial entities.
Please feel free to comment on or discuss this topic or any of these topics. If you prefer to e-mail your response directly, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org (The e-mail address is case sensitive, so please use all lower case). For more information and opportunities to provide input, please visit our website at www.fema.gov/national-mitigation-framework.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Resilient Built Environment
- Examples of how you, your business, professional organization or community planned or invested to mitigate natural hazard risks, either in anticipation or because of a disaster. Mitigation measures could include building or infrastructure design improvements.
- Examples of factors (events, people, experiences) that influenced you as a person, business, professional organization or community in deciding to make investments in becoming more resilient to disasters.
- Examples of financial, technical or other assistance, or incentives, that were available to help support decision making and financing, and from whom (federal, state, local, private, or other).
- Examples of types assistance you may have sought, but the assistance was not available with respect to necessary timing, coordination, or other constraints
Improved Coordination of Disaster Risk Management among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Entities
- Examples of your experience with disaster mitigation or resiliency coordination, both positive and negative.
- Examples of how different levels of government streamlined interactions in order to facilitate resilience investments.
State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments Increasingly Share Fiscal Responsibility for Risk Reduction with the Federal Government
- Examples from non-federal governmental organizations that have invested their own resources in a disaster resilience measure or program.
- Describe any incentives that may encourage non-federal government investment.
Increased Private Sector Involvement in Resilience Finance
- Examples of private sector organizations that helped with individual or community resilience implementation.
- Examples of any innovations or new ideas generated by the private sector used to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
- Examples of any challenges or barriers for the private sector to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
- Share your thoughts on how the government can more effectively engage private businesses and citizens in sharing responsibility for disaster risk reduction, including activities and investments to mitigate risk and build resilience.
Improved Provision of Federal Data and Digital Services to Support Risk-informed Mitigation Investment
- Examples of how you use technical data from Federal agencies when considering your disaster risks and implementing resiliency measures where the information was helpful and useful
- Examples of challenges in accessing or using Federal data.
Improved Disaster Risk Communication Resulting in Increased Risk Awareness and Risk Reduction
- Examples of specific programs or ad campaigns that motivated you to take an action to reduce your risk, as well as examples of risk communication that did not.
FEMA’s smartphone Apps should be updated to allow for GPS location data. When a disaster strikes, FEMA could send a message through the App and directs the public, based on their location, to the closest shelter or area for local help. This new ability would aid officials in directing their efforts to save the living, injured, and hold efforts on recovering casualties. The location system would both detect and color... more »
As I help families locate loved ones in Barranquitas and Adjuntas Puerto Rico from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The frustration of having an army of "Ham Operators" State side not being able to get operators we know are available in Puerto Rico. Power is our biggest problem today. These licensed short wave operators have no power. How in today's day an age is this even possible? Bureaucracy. We over think the problem. I have worked... more »
Introduction: Public Assistance accounts for 51% of FEMA budget. When disaster declared FEMA rushes hundreds of personnel to man the JFO and AFOs. Who should be doing what? Need: FEMA Disaster Management needs a quick and readily available way to evaluate and match available personnel pool with the required tasks. Why not have a FEMA SCORE attached to each disaster PA person. Assigned when somebody joins FEMA, and updated... more »
Provide feedback on our ideas so we know they are being considered or have been rejected.
A focus on Strategic Foresight and Resiliance in the Hazard Mitigation Grant process could yield long term costs benefits. For years we have been granting money with little effort spent on evaluating the down stream benefits. Leveraging an operational approach to the evaluation of those grants before and after disaster could help states make better decision on which projects to approve. Additionally putting the responsibility... more »
Below are topics of interest for which we would like to generate dialogue: 1) Resilient Built Environment 2) Coordination of Disaster Risk Management among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Entities 3) State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments Sharing Fiscal Responsibility for Risk 4) Reduction with the Federal Government 5) Private Sector Involvement in Resilience Finance 6) Provision of... more »
Growing congestion, extended commutes and increased reliance on transportation in rapidly growing extended metropolitan areas represents potentially one of the greatest vulnerabilities to respond to emergencies. It is the 'displacement' of tens or hundreds of thousands of civilian workers from their home communities. In a times of crisis, evacuations are the most costly aspects of response. Add to a crisis situation... more »
In a discussion with a colleague at the 2017 HMA Stakeholders Workshop, I thought of an idea based on a need that we discussed. There are many beneficial federal programs related to resilience which was evident from the speakers at the Workshop and from previous experience. However, it can be difficult for a state, tribal or local government to find the resilience resources they may need to protect their communities.... more »
Sustainable practices with PA money. In the spirit of Executive Order 13693, DHS Directive 025-01, and FEMA Directive (FD) 108-3, Sustainable Performance and Environmental Management (initiatives that establish sustainability goals and meet federal and DHS requirements) and cognizant of climate change, the PA program could offer a pilot program where states could choose to obtain a reduction in the 25% cost-share, on... more »
PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being... more »
The Public Assistance program is improving its delivery to our surviving jurisdictions. One of our greatest needs is informing them of various mitigation funding sources that they might want to prevent future damages. FEMA has a current shortage on those able to get to those gathered for applicant briefings. To better deliver this information, professional presentation mechanisms could be provided to explain the various... more »
As we have seen during the 2017 hurricane season, the United States has multiple unique geographic areas to respond to; Pacific, Caribbean, Alaska, and Monroe County, FL. I can only speak to Monroe County, Florida presently as to its uniqueness for FEMA. It is a string of keys/islands with one road in and one road out; the county is divided into 4 areas: upper keys, middle keys, lower keys, and Key West a series of... more »
FEMA should create and broadcast public service announcements immediately before, during and after hurricane season to articulate three (3) themes: Inform the American public of their personal responsibility for emergency preparedness. Americans need to mature into an individually responsible, preparedness culture - evacuating upon demand, storing 3 days food, clothing, water, personal effects and medications at hand,... more »
Imagine if one-day robotic soldiers, police, EMTs were developed combined with drone technology, you can create as many needed. No more injured or PTSD soldiers, cops making the wrong split second decision to use deadly force (by using fast speed simulation cameras). Drone technology could fly these robots over traffic jams to get to accident victims, help soldiers injured on the battlefield, rescue people in the mountains,... more »