Issues, Principles and Attitudes

2 12 ii local officials and citizens

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Unformatted text preview: s on public education." 2-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "To educate the population at risk to the hazards and potential threats the community faces. What to do should these hazards threaten and why to do it. What not to do and why." 2-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Provide information to the general public via hazard(s) maps, risk factors, and/or disaster event history. Making tough politically sensitive decisions EX: there are places that should not be rebuilt and former residents need to be relocated." 2-3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Public opinion, whether fostered by the media, responders or the politicians is that when disasters strike it is FEMA's role to respond and clean things up, with no disruption of service or loss of life. This is unrealistic. The change in public perception can only come about if the concepts of emergency management become integrated into the way we do business at the local level, including family awareness and preparedness and acceptance from the private sector." 2-12 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Local officials and citizens have become passive; sense of entitlement to support and money, especially from the federal government needs to be stemmed and reversed." 3-10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The most important point here is personal responsibility. We need effective public awareness, education and incentives to promote individual and family preparedness. The American public needs to understand that the posse may be delayed when it comes to providing relief." 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "It is difficult to get citizens to be responsible for their own actions". 1-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Lost culture of personal responsibility for emergency preparedness." 2-3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Need for public awareness / training to rid the public of "the government will take care of you" mindset; must make people understand they are responsible for own safety." 2-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Everyone should know how to care of themselves and their family and/or community in case of an emergency." 3-1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Public education that yields household mitigation and preparedness." 1-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "...importance of the role of people in creating resilient communities." 3-4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I think the next important issue flows from this: the need to promote individual responsibility for community safety and collective responsibility for individual vulnerability. I am concerned that planning for "special needs" groups is further marginalizing those groups. It places expectations on our vulnerable populations to address their own needs without recognizing that the same factors that hinder their participation in disaster response will also limit their ability to engage in preparedness."1-4 23 Issues, Principles And Attitudes Oh My! Examining Perceptions from Select Academics, Practitioners And Consultants on the Subject of Emergency Management Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University Education & Experience "...we find the field at an interesting point. The more seasoned EM got their quals in the field and not in the books. The newly entering EM are the reverse. It seems as a professional field, we should find a way to support both learning experiences. School based learning followed by field rotations or apprenticeships before management positions." 3-8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Bridging the gap between academic emergency management programmes and practical application." 1-11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "What is wrong with experience as the stepping stone to EM positions? Is an education really necessary and/or a substitute for experience? If I am not mistaken, James Lee Witt did not have a college education and did OK as an EM. I am not anti education by any means, but experience does matter and is equally if not more important." 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Education in emergency management is lacking. Many managers view emergency management from their specific perspective without the education preferred for an emergency manager." 1-9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I think a major issue will be "where do we go from here?" Most emergency managers are old line and very wedded to doing things at the operational and tactical levels. However, I believe that true emergency management is a strategic process the focus must not be on emergency response but on community resilience. Mitigation and recovery are strategic concepts that receive very little attention beyond lip service. The problem is that the experienced old guard looks down on the new professionals who just have "book learning" but little practical experience and disparages academic experts who "have nothing to teach us". Somehow we have to bridge this gap." 3-7 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I also see this as a current challenge for the emergency management profession as it transitions many of the people engaged in teaching at university programs do not see themselves as emergency management professionals a...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course EM EM-2212-26 taught by Professor Arlenemacgregor during the Spring '08 term at Mass Maritime.

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