Crowdsourcing Solutions to Prepare Our Communities

Last week I had the opportunity to speak in front of leaders from a variety of fields at the 2010 TEDMED conference in San Diego. The conference gave business leaders, journalists, entertainment figures, scientists, artists and authors the opportunity to share their diverse experiences about how their fields intersect with health and medicine. I talked about FEMA’s vision for emergency management and how we can’t respond to disasters alone – it has to be a team effort, and that team includes the entire federal family, state and local government, faith-based and non-profit organizations, the private sector and especially the public.

At FEMA, we are working every day to strengthen that team, but we can and we must do more. At the conference, I took the opportunity to challenge all of the leaders to come up with ideas on how we can prepare our communities before a disaster strikes. Now I’m using this blog to pose this same challenge to all of you.

Visit to accept the challenge.