Department of Defense

Go Hybrid

Many of the vehicles in the DOD, in my experience exclusively the military, are depended on day by day for many to perform the mission. Whether it be to drive to and from a briefing, sitting idle to watch traffic and clock speeders/ those who roll through the stop signs, to sit idle and drive crew chiefs and aircraft specialsts back and forth on the flight line as they prepare jets for their missions, the list goes on.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop producing Flood Maps and provide layers to Internet Mappers

FEMA could investigate getting out of the mapping business, and perhaps, instead, FEMA could provide digital overlays to Google Maps, Zillow, Bing Maps, and others, instead of hosting huge map databases themselves at various States and the FEMA Map Service Center. There would be some changes in the Regulations and perhaps the laws to make this happen, but this isn’t rocket science. Make it easy for Internet users of... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UPDATE FEMA'S NEMIS

If FEMA can't get rid of NEMIS for a better system, then let's make the system work better for processing disaster claims and producing reports. The system was set up back in the 70's and times and processes have changed and the system is not working for us! When a sequence of events happen, NEMIS should be able to send out automatic notifications, complete processes, etc. NEMIS should be able to do more work for us.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Duplication of the Flood of Agencies making Flood Data

Let's stop the redundancy of various Federal Agencies, and States, that are using Taxpayer funds to generate, publish, and administer Flood Hazard Data to the public. It has to be confusing to the American public at large, and to the people living and working in or near floodplains. The agencies and States are: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) The DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) The United States... more »

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Legislative Branch

Police communication/military reserve forces

universal network with strict requirements for all police to monitor within their areas. A national FEMA notification communication channel for areas within regional areas of a natural disaster areas. Which would have a faster response time for all in need of help. Also in an area of natural disaster’s to send in a communications base for civilians to contact relatives faster. When Katrina hit it took almost a month... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Type 2 and Type 3 Disasters: EUSP and ADR Advisor telecommute

On smaller, more "routine" Federally-declared disasters, the Equal Rights Specialist (EUSP) and ADR Advisor positions could be managed from their respective Headquarters' offices. These positions are often faced with little to do when deployed to a Joint Field Office (JFO). They receive per diem, pay, as well as lodging and rental car reimbursement when deployed. On smaller disasters, the work could be handled from Headquarters.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Contract with Local Police Departments for FEMA facilities

A Best Practice item captured for FEMA-1975-DR-AR is the contracting of local Police Departments and Sheriff's Offices instead of contracting private companies for guard services at FEMA facilities. For the FEMA/State Joint Field Office (JFO) in Little Rock, Arkansas, LRPD was contracted instead of a private company that could potentially be from out-of-State. Not only did this save money, but the local contract assisted... more »

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Executive Office of the President

SBA Disaster Program and FEMA UNITE

We need to help the victims of disasters by uniting the Disaster Program of the SBA and FEMA into one agency. This would be a cost savings of millions. Fema sends in an inspector, then SBA sends in an inspector. One thorough inspection would be more cost effective. Fema sends out one mailing package, SBA sends out a mailing package. Combine this info into one, save more money. Most FEMA and SBA employees know each... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Disaster Planning / Response - Ice

In the administrative review in the aftermath of Katrina and other recent hurricane response, the logistics of providing ice was its own disaster. It was revealed that some truck loads of ice was available but never delivered, instead sitting in idling trucks for days on end. Other ice was being stored in refrigerated warehouses years after the need had ended. During a disaster, ice is a very precious commodity. A huge... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Government Employee Disaster Assistance

After Katrina the federal government sought volunteers to go to the Gulf coast to assist in recovery and other activities. A recent check with FEMA revealed that there is no program in existence at present to provide this ready trained and experienced force to disaster areas. FEMA and OPM should implement a program where government employees can volunteer for disaster relief. Any training, skill set assessment, and... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate all FEMA Training Programs and Databases

Currently FEMA has several stovepipe employee and customer training entities, e.g., the Response Training and Education Division (TED), the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the National Fire Academy (NFA), and FEMA HCO Training Office. Each entity has its own training enrollment requirements, forms, and databases and administrative staff. FEMA has no current way of knowing whether anyone has completed mandatory... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Disaster Housing that converts to Permanent Housing

Produce disaster housing units that meet the IBC (International Building Code), with a flat roof and pre-framed door and hallway openings that allows expansion modules and a permanent pitched roof to be added at a later date. In so doing, FEMA can leverage its investment in temporary housing to create long term permanent housing for impacted communities. The initial temporary base modules must be rapidly deployable, as... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Spend more to save taxpayers more

DHS needs to promote FEMA services better in areas hit by disasters. As someone who has lived through several, I have seen taxpayers pay twice for items because they were not aware. This partial listing below was in regards to people in Downers Grove IL but I have seen it in MS and LA. Number 10: I didn’t know there was any assistance available for the (July 19 to Aug. 7) flooding. Number 9: I thought the... more »

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Legislative Branch

Disaster Relief

Save millions: In recent years we have seen one disaster after another. Each time the President flys to that area to declare it a disaster area and then at some point determines a disaster fund to help them. Determine from past cost what the average is and donate that amount immediately to that area or to the red cross for relief in that specific area only or donate it to FEMA which always seems to need it. The president... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Give FEMA Employees More Info

Working at FEMA, we process disaster applicant information. Many times this assistance is delayed because we are waiting to verify information. One piece of information that affects a large number of applicants is their insurance information. Can we have a way that their insurance settlement information populate our computer system with this information? Can we have IRS populate their income, have their employer information... more »

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