Issues, Principles and Attitudes

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Unformatted text preview: level of preparedness." 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Funding for an all-hazards approach." 2-6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The most important issue presently before our profession involves adequate funding, adequate staff and most important recognition of the profession as a whole, both by the current and future White House Administration and by the public at large." 2-10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Proper funding of emergency management at the state, local and federal level is a continuing issue. Many rural or smaller jurisdictions only have a half-time person." 2-1 Political Support / Context & Policy Issues "Driven by a political agenda versus scientific knowledge and experience." 1-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Political will to do what is important 24-7, not just the crisis du jour." 3-3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Elected officials respond to the public so raising public awareness and getting the public to support EM all the time is the correct goal." 1-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "These are political concerns. Addressing them requires getting and holding the ears of leaders who have their own priorities to address. The key lies in convincing them that this is one of the essential duties of government, and that their own careers will rise or fall based on how well they handle the issue an easier sell after Katrina." 1-8 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Disasters fail at the policy level, hence it is at that level we must institute change if emergency management is to succeed." 2-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Honestly none of this matters if EMs are bound to the direction and whims of political administrators without a true understanding of the profession. All new mayors, governors, etc should be required to attend a specifically designed course at EMI so they know how to support 21 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 their EM doing what is needed for the public in times of emergency as well as during times when planning can take place". 3-8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "An emergency manager that attempts to operate independent of political and economic forces is doomed to failure." 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Many emergency managers do not get sufficient support from key leaders until a disaster has occurred. This includes the creation and enforcement of laws (e.g., land-use planning)." 1-10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "What has not changed is the requirement that the chief official endorse, support and understand what emergency management means to their community. He or she must require that all elements of a community's preparedness, response and support systems cooperate in meeting the emergency management goals, and that the emergency manager do their job as well." 2-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Oftentimes, failures in policy and response are a result of apathy by senior elected officials to understand their role in disaster response as well as their role to protect life safety of the community as a whole." 3-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Appreciation that guiding principles are articulated through legal enactments." 1-8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The issue of EM is a constantly growing mix of culture, both response and political. One must be careful to observe the delicate balance between all the needs of the end user, the elected officials and also the ULTIMATE customer, the citizens." 3-3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Without unconditional support from decision makers in the both the public and private sector, we will not be able to effectively address the structural , operational and programmatic issues facing EM at this time." 3-6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Getting elected officials to support emergency management between disasters." 1-2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "How do we make EM a bigger priority for governments, policy makers, etc.?" 2-8 Public Education & Individual Responsibility "The inability of elected officials to admit to their constituencies that they are responsible for their own ass, not the government. That an event can occur that will exceed the government's ability to respond and that they may have to fend for themselves. The public is being lead into a false sense of security that government can do all." 2-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "While agencies mention the individual's responsibility for supporting themselves for the first 72 hours of a disaster, they initiate political promises to the contrary, sending a volley of mixed messages that are frustrating and emotionally damaging to local response efforts." 3-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 22 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 "Preparedness and survival are individual responsibilities should be taught (dare I say mandated?) in our public schools. We need more emphasi...
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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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