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FEMA: Whole Society Initiative and Community Resilience

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The mission of the FEMA Whole Society Initiative and Community Resilience working group is to explore the best practices for engaging whole society initiative in mega-disasters.

Members

Craig Vanderwagen DavidAlberts drvroeg efrost Eric Kutner George Bressler
Jeff Kutner Jerry Glenn John Hoffman Kathy Gilbeaux Katie Rast Laurie Van Leuven
LintonWells mdmcdonald Michael Gresalfi seth.golbey Siftar WDS1200-Columbus

Email address for group

fema-whole-society-initiative-and-community-resilience@m.resiliencesystem.org

FEMA Launches Innovative National Volunteer Program to Enhance Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts Nationwide

                                                   

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June 17, 2015
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HQ-15-038

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with seven technology organizations to provide state, local, tribal and territorial governments with technology resources during a disaster to expedite response and recovery. Cisco Systems, Google, Humanity Road, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Intel, Joint Communications Task Force and Microsoft have joined FEMA’s new Tech Corps program – a nationwide network of skilled, trained technology volunteers who can address critical technology gaps during a disaster.

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2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan

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The 2014 - 2018 FEMA Strategic Plan reflects objectives the Agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during, and after disasters. It sets forth the strategies FEMA will employ to accomplish the objectives and also establishes measurable outcomes to achieve. This Strategic Plan was developed through the involvement of hundreds of FEMA employees and many external stakeholders who contributed to generating our objectives, strategies, and outcomes, and who are now working to execute this Plan. 

The Strategic Plan provides a strategic lense to focus FEMA's efforts and guide the allocation of resources over the next four years. The FEMA Strategic Plan supports the Department of Homeland Security's 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Mission 5 (Strengthen national preparedness and resilience) and is built on five strategic priorities and two strategic imperatives outlined in the Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Administrator's Intent:

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FEMA - Strategic Foresight Initiative - Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice

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SFI recently released Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice, a document highlighting the value and utility of thinking strategically about the future. The aim of this highly visual document is to help bridge the gap between the theory and practice of strategic foresight. We want our readers to explore the future by immersing themselves in the big issues driving change and to discover real world examples of how individuals and organizations are taking forward-leaning action to enhance disaster resilience.

While SFI’s earlier work centered on a deep analysis of future needs, Toward More Resilient Futures is more practical in focus. The document spotlights competing viewpoints for how recent trends in the economy, environment, technology and security may affect government and disaster management in the near future. It also highlights projects, individuals, and organizations that are pushing the bounds of current thinking and action around emergency management.

Report: FEMA Lacks Centralized Standards for Reserve Disaster Workforce

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hstoday.us - by Mickey McCarter - June 4, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not monitor how its reserve workforce applies disaster guidance and policies in different areas of the United States and thus does not ensure consistency across its 10 regional offices, congressional investigators warned Friday.

Moreover, FEMA lacks hiring standards for reserve employees under the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program; therefore those employees are likely to have different skill sets from region to region, said the Government Accountability Office in a report, Disaster Assistance Workforce: FEMA Could Enhance Human Capital Management and Training.

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Disaster Assistance Workforce: FEMA Could Enhance Human Capital Management and Training (64 page .PDF file)
http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/591159.pdf

FEMA Grant Helps UW Create Disaster Plan

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Homeland Security News Wire - February 1, 2012

The University of Wisconsin is currently hard at work developing a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan with the help of FEMA

The University of Wisconsin is currently hard at work developing a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan.

The University’s work comes with the help of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to create a Disaster Resistant University strategy. The goal of the program is to help minimize potential damage from natural disasters or man-made events.

In particular the disaster plan will focus on facilitating cooperation between university, state, and federal authorities by identifying key hazards to university property, operations, and individuals.

With the help of Geographic Information Systems, university planners will develop models to map out various disaster scenarios to determine what the necessary course of action in terms of preparedness.

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Creation of Next-Gen Public Safety Comms Net Should Be Managed by Non-Profit, Says Study

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gsnmagazine.com - by Mark Rockwell - February 1, 2012

The next generation public safety communications network should be managed by a non-governmental, non-profit organization that could impartially reconcile the myriad standards and procedures affecting emergency responders nationwide, said a report by an independent government advisory committee.

It also recommended that such a network should take advantage of “assigned public safety spectrum.” Congress has been trying to get spectrum for a national public safety network for years, battling over whether to assign the spectrum directly to first responders or auction it off to communications companies, so they can share it with responders and manage its back-office functions.

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FEMA Urges Greater Public-Private Cooperation in Disaster Response

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Homeland Security News Wire - January 24, 2012

       

New Orleans, La., Jan. 17, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, guest speaker for the International Disaster Conference and Expo, emphasizes the Federal Government's initial response to a disaster is to get people to safety, transport the injured and assist in the reestablishment of infrastructure. Restoration of infrastructure is critical and involves getting private sector entities up and running so gas stations, food establishments, hotels and other essential private businesses are operable. This allows volunteers, non government organizations and emergency responders to effectively help the affected community in response and recovery operations. FEMA/Ralph Simcox

Speaking at the International Disaster Conference and Exposition, Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urged emergency planners to take a broader view of disaster response and include the private sector.

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RAND - Focus on Community Resilience - Newsletter

imageWelcome to the first Focus on Community Resilience newsletter. At RAND, we have been intensively studying the many cross-cutting issues related to how communities can withstand and recover from disasters and other conditions that affect community well-being. We are launching this newsletter to share research findings, resources, and tools with people like you who are working to help communities prepare for natural and manmade emergencies. We hope this newsletter will stimulate an exchange of ideas among community leaders and a forum to share lessons about resilience-building strategies and activities.

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Local Towns Signing Up for Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Comm.

submitted by Samuel Bendett

Homeland Security News Wire - December 7, 2011

Following the lead of several other cities and federal agencies, the town of Wilton, Connecticut recently launched a Facebook page and Twitter account to help communicate with residents and share information during a disaster

Following the lead of several other cities and federal agencies, the town of Wilton, Connecticut recently launched a Facebook page and Twitter account to help communicate with residents and share information during a disaster.

Two major storms, including Hurricane Irene, left many Wilton residents without water or electricity for up to a week and sent a strong signal to emergency officials that they needed to improve disaster communications.

To that end, the town created an official Emergency Facebook Page as well as a Twitter account.

Speaking before the Wilton Board of Selectman, Fire Chief Paul Milositz, who is also the town’s emergency response director, said, “We have to get better at [communication with residents].”

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Supply Chain Resilience Project Seeks Input

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Supply Chain Resilience Project Seeks Input
The Mid-Atlantic Supply Chain Resilience Project cultivates private-public involvement to enhance regional readiness for a catastrophic event in Washington D.C. or surrounding states. This group has identified several key strategies necessary for supply chain resilience.
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working draft of the Strategic Playbook is scheduled to be finalized by Dec. 16, 2011 and is currently open for review.

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