Friday, August 13, 2010

DHS opens National Dialogue on Preparedness

DHS is hosting a National Dialogue on Preparedness. The viewpoints gathered during the dialogue will supplement the mission and recommendations of the Local, State, Tribal and Federal Preparedness Task Force.

At the direction of Congress, the Task Force was formed in April to assess the state of disaster preparedness and make recommendations for improvement throughout the nation. DHS is now opening the discussion to include individuals from the private sector, non-governmental and volunteer organizations, additional governmental partners and the general public. The goal is to identify similarities and differences for how various organizations view preparedness issues. The Dialogue will be open through Aug. 31, and will allow individuals to propose ideas, vote on popular recommendations and tag discussion topics at http://preparedness.ideascale.com

Drawing upon their experience and expertise, as well as input from the Dialogue, the Task Force will produce a report of findings and recommendations for Congress in September 2010. More information on the Task Force is available at http://www.fema.gov/preparednesstaskforce