Detroit is a natural area for a disaster preparedness and recovery hub. Set on the shore of the Detroit River, in a State open to immigration, Detroit has an existing infrastructure ready for temporary or permanent migration. Money spent on responding to and rebuilding areas prone to natural destruction would be better purposed restoring and re-purposing the Detroit region which is relatively safe from natural disasters.
1. Detroit International Rebuilding after the Bankruptcy Disaster and Contingency Planning Hub
2. Objective To build a truly international city Strategy Offer transportation and housing services for displaced victims of disasters 3. Vision Statement To develop Detroit as an epicenter for international emergency response and disaster relief, which would be funded by support agencies and governments before and after disasters occurred. Detroit would not only become a refuge, but a leader in emergency response and subsequent management via technology and hands-on assistance. 4. Goal and Objective The goal: to create a solid workforce within the city Increase job growth by 22% Provide an ongoing and growing resource for emergency victims 5. Todays Situation As the worldwide population increases, so will the affected number of families that will face natural disasters (cite websites & population reports) Families need a safe alternative to rebuild their lives and community Detroit has fresh water and is virtually natural disaster-free Detroit offers an infrastructure in which to build and would be a natural hub for growth 6. Response Teams need a Solid Network http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/p olicy/army/fm/3-05-401/chpt6.htm 7. How Did We Get Here? Detroit reaped the rewards of a large manufacturing base over the last 50 years As other states became more competitive and manufacturing was sent to low cost countries Detroit was severely impacted Now Detroit has a large infrastructure and declining population 8. State of Detroit http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/migration-moving-wealthy-interactive-counties-map.html?preload=39099# 9. Available Options Detroit has tight communities and could offer a haven for disaster victims Victims would be transported temporarily or indefinitely to designated zones As one zone is filled, another zone would be prepared, bringing in jobs 10. Recommendation Create zones for victims to repopulate 11. International neighborhoods Greektown Mexicantown 12. Wayne State Institutions with rich international populations could serve as a hub for all levels of education 13. Planning Determine Sustainment Zones Design Housing, Farming Occupational Placement within Zones Example: Security, IT, Transportation, Supplies Business Contingency and Resumption IT & Communications Infrastructure 14. Funding Tax incentives for emergency response companies to come to Michigan Determine workflow for fund transfers during an emergency event Determine insurance benefits Work with government bodies to provide contingency options 15. Strong Network of Volunteers http://www.volunteermatch.org/livemap 16. Strong Network of Volunteers 17. Temporary Housing Temporary housing manufacturers in Michigan (e.g., GMA) could mfg. temporary housing, or buildings and abandon houses could be used 18. Housing and Relocation Services http://www.habitat.org.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/146 19. Disaster Outsourcing http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/10/the-softer-side/ 20. Contingency Planning Work with FMEA to build ready communities where people could be housed temporarily during rebuilding and with ability to move permanently if job placement is found Reduce losses of emergency materials Improve migration from areas that are continually hit by natural disasters and need to be rebuilt with insurance and tax payer dollars 21. Available Training Resources http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/philippi nes-disaster-response/updates/ 22. It is not too soon to prepare 23. Conclusion With a strong network of acclimated communities and people new residents could offer first hand experience and support to future victims and become the next generation of contractors, counselors, responders and specialists Lastly, in a matter of a couple decades Detroit would be building an international appeal based on tight, but diverse communities