Federal agencies typically write national emergency plans and only later obtain public comment. Often, the public is hindered in commenting because they have not been educated about the basics of emergency planning and coordination. Develop a one-semester emergency planning curriculum that schools can present to high school students (with input from state and local planners) that introduces basic concepts of individual, business AND government emergency response and planning so that they can see how all of the pieces fit together and become familiar with basic terminology. This will produce a generation of citizens who can confidently participate in public discussions of disaster planning and preparedness, and more apt to prepare plans for their families and businesses. With more public participation, government plans will become more responsive to the real needs of citizens and not to what bureaucrats think they need.
Idea No. 298