THE IDEASCALE PREPAREDNESS AND ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITIES VALUE TO CITY STRATEGIC PLANNING, THE NATIONAL RESPONSE FRAMEWORK, AND GAO OBJECTIVES.
This topic is being evaluated as a city-wide Idea Expansion mission to explore the benefits of community engagement.
I believe that many National Response Framework goals, and GAO objectives could be brainstormed and partially fulfilled if All Cities had an IdeaScale Engagement Community. Also, all public (Agency and City) engagement goals and other important objectives could be addressed at said Community. There is a REAL LIFE EXAMPLE OF THIS WORKING (IN ACTION) ARTICULATED WITHIN THE “IDEA” INFORMATION SECTION BELOW. Lessons Learned at said IdeaScale City Engagement Communities could then be reflected back to the FEMA National Preparedness Community.
Most cities have their own website where they post various information. Therefore, IdeaScale would be the website where the City brainstorms Ideas, gains feedback, interacts, and engages with it’s population.
IdeaScale is a unique place where DHS, FEMA, and other agencies contemplate Ideas and topics of National, State, and City importance including “community engagement” activities.
*The public can easily join IdeaScale for free and participate in community engagement, and the Idea Creation Process. It is important for everyone to participate in these activities because it advances National objectives as follows:
1. Advance the “National Response Framework” (All-Disaster, All-Hazard, All-Inclusion) objectives. Especially “All-Inclusion,” see reference for details:
2. Advance GAO objectives. In April 2014, Government Accountability Office, GAO-14-343SP made many recommendations including (REDUCE FRAGMENTATION, OVERLAP, AND DUPLICATION) which included GAO budget goals in (11 areas, 45 opportunities, & 19 actions). They requested that each agency in each city assess these areas, and their needs. See reference for details:
3. I believe it will result in an enhanced “sense of community” especially City connectedness and continuity.
CITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WEBSITE IDEA MAIN CONTENT:
"ALL U.S. CITIES SHOULD HAVE AN IDEASCALE COMMUNITY WEBSITE"
THE IDEASCALE WEBSITE TYPE IS: "CITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT"
HERE IS A REAL EXAMPLE:
"City of Redmond Community Engagement at IdeaScale"
PURPOSE: Members can submit Ideas for improvements to the city, with special emphasis on resilience, awareness, preparedness, and safety.
OTHER IMPORTANT “CITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT” POSTS AT IDEASCALE MAY INCLUDE:
1. An outlet to brainstorm volunteering opportunities.
2. An outlet to brainstorm community events and safety resources that will be required (e.g. 4th of July).
3. An outlet to brainstorm how to further engage groups such as schools or organizations with preparedness topics.
4. An outlet to discuss Ideas that will assist with current trends such as: community endemic dangers or hazards, weather hazards, transportation issues and construction dangers etc.
5. An outlet to discuss Ideas for optimizing the local Emergency Plan
6. An outlet to discuss Ideas for enhancing community protective factors such as: shelters, backup electrical capabilities, water reserves, supply chain issues, neighborhood watch etc.
7. Where to get supplies to create their family or business emergency kit.
8. Please comment and add more topics that should generally be included on a hypothetical “City Community Engagement” IdeaScale website (as you wish).
MINIMUM IDEASCALE "CITY ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITY" MEMBERSHIP:
LEPC representatives would be mandatory members of a IdeaScale City Engagement Community, and they would potentially have staff from their offices that moderate the dialogue and Ideas that pertain to their aspect or "stake" in the city action plan. Representative from each of the LEPC members include (at a minimum):
=>Elected state and local officials
=>Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
=>Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
=>Representatives from community groups and the media
FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY (NPC) MIRROR:
This information is posted here (as a more in-depth article) for awareness purposes, as well as to report positive outcomes, and “Lessons Learned,” from these City Engagement Communities. Links related to this information also contribute to a “Semantic Web data-link” to advance the W3C criteria.
THIS TOPIC IS MIRRORED AT FEMA IDEASCALE HERE: http://fema.ideascale.com/a/dtd/ALL-U-S-CITIES-SHOULD-HAVE-AN-IDEASCALE-COMMUNITY-WEBSITE/464161-14692
This article is also available at FEMA National Preparedness Community
“THE IDEASCALE PREPAREDNESS AND ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITIES VALUE TO CITY STRATEGIC PLANNING, THE NATIONAL RESPONSE FRAMEWORK, AND GAO OBJECTIVES” at this link below: