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Incorporate Preparedness in School Curriculums

Disaster preparedness should be taught as part of the school curriculum for children of all ages. I remember being taught about 911, "Stop, Drop, and Roll" and "Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires" in grade school. My homework was to find my household fire extinguisher, check the batteries in the smoke detector, and create a fire escape plan with my parents. These lessons were incorporated in lessons on science and spatial ...more »

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U.S. National Grid as the Response Language of Location

Through NIMS and ICS, the leadership of DHS and FEMA have directed the phased introduction of numerous operational standards designed to promote and facilitate interoperability for the Emergency Services Sector. Yet, to date, they are without voice when it comes to the single most important element of response – the ability to communicate “where”. As a result, we are geospatially adrift as a nation – every responder ...more »

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EM Coffee Break Training

Similar to the USFA Coffee Break Training Program; a FEMA Coffee Break Training Program would foster an common awareness and understanding of important emergency management and homeland security laws/regulations, principles, history, definitions, etc. This fast growing discipline it is essential to provide a common framework that all EM professionals can agree upon. The EM Coffee Break Training could provide this platform ...more »

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Let the locals do the thinking

I have been involved with Emer. Mgt. for 20 years. I have managed 7 Presidential disasters and many more local emergencies. My biggest problem is FEMA/Homeland Security and the State. The federal and state government has placed a mountain of paperwork on my desk that restricts my ability to complete the real work within my community. A 10 minute piece of paperwork to report an exercise 20 years ago has escalated into ...more »

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Amateur Radio in Disaster Preparedness

Place Amateur Radio stations in all hospitals, police stations and fire departments, and emergency shelters. Katrina should have taught the value of Amateur Radio. President Bush needed to get a message to Mayor Nagin in New Orleans. Amateur Radio was the only means of communications to get the message through. Everyone in the Preparedness field talks about doing this and doing that to be prepared, but no one pays ...more »

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School issues

In an emergency everyone turns to the schools, unfortunately most are not prepared, not trained, and emergency responders run up against rules that are frustrating at the least and life threatening at the worse. It would be nice if some how FEMA could offer the training because it won't be done at the school level, not because it isn't needed, but because of drastic budget cuts in education. When something happens the ...more »

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"Be Prepared" campaign

One of the things I heard from the leaders of FEMA was: the citizens need to be ready to help themselves. Not just that, but specifically stated: the federal government is not going to be there for you right away. Unfortunately, I only heard this for about a week before it was abandoned. You can spend all you want on CERTs, exercises, equipment, etc, etc. You can spend fractions of that money on an information ...more »

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Flood Mapping, Risk MAP Products, & Risk Assessments

Increased Funding for Unmet Floodplain Mapping Needs

The Map Mod process ended with significant unmet map needs. Studies were conducted using out-of-date hydrology (sometimes 30+ years old) and hundreds of miles of Zone A streams were mapped on USGS topography without BFE's. RiskMAP evolved concentrating on outreach with a minimal mapping effort. The Technical Mapping Advisory Council, identified in BW-12 is badly needed to summarize mapping needs and rekindle, if necessary, ...more »

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Fundamental Floodplain Studies Needed to Accurately Define Risk

The most effective flood hazard mitigation tool in the history of floodplain management and the NFIP has been Floodplain Information (providing flood hazard maps to communities to restrict development in those zones). We all know that often times those maps were not adhered to by local communities, but the number of structures that “were never built” in the floodplain is incalculable, but a very large number. Communities ...more »

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Bring Back Project Impact

Bring Back Project Impact Former FEMA Director James Lee Witt created Project Impact in 1997 with the goal to create “disaster resilient communities”. Overall the program was considered a resounding success; not only did it help communities become more disaster resilient, but it also was a success at “bringing people from diverse sectors of the community together to address mitigation issues”. Some say that the program ...more »

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Utilize resources already in disaster zone..

During Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart gave their employees approval days in advance to do "whatever they had to help the citizens". I think to help with disaster relief at any level, the government should partner up with larger community based retailers that are already in the areas. For example, Wal-Mart, they have stores everywhere, they helped pass out supplies to the victims of Katrina before the government even got ...more »

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