Below appeared in FEMA's 15-Feb-2011 newsletter so sharing as fyi...
FEMA Requesting your Feedback on Working Paper: Policy Challenges in Supporting Community Resilience
FEMA is conducting an engagement campaign to discuss ideas for strengthening public participation in emergency management and homeland security. Over the last several months, we have engaged a diverse range of people, organizations, and professions from across the Nation. Our goal is to learn what works well in local communities before an incident occurs and to connect these successful activities, networks, assets, and processes to preparations to withstand, respond, mitigate, and recover from emergencies. As members of the emergency management community, your comments are requested on a working paper, Policy Challenges in Supporting Community Resilience. This paper explores how governments can better engage with the public to increase locally-organized disaster resilience and empower citizens and local institutions to take an active role in protecting themselves and their communities.
Your perspective will help inform the development of short and long-term strategies that can be enacted, both by FEMA and by members of the emergency management community to strengthen community engagement in preparedness and resilience efforts throughout the Nation.
In particular, your thoughts on the following questions are appreciated:
1) Do the themes and concepts outlined in this paper resonate with you? Please describe.
2) Are there additional characteristics (i.e. themes) that are important to consider?
3) Have you seen greater resilience in places where communities have been engaged in emergency management activities? Please share examples.
4) How might a whole community approach to emergency management work in your community?
To access the paper, please visit http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4563
Please submit your reactions and comments on the themes, challenges, and overall approach presented in this paper by Monday, February 28, 2011
to FEMA-Community-Engagement@dhs.gov .
In addition to feedback on the paper, we welcome your comments, questions, and personal experiences at the same e-mail address. Thank you in advance for your participation.