Issues, Principles and Attitudes

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Unformatted text preview: pabilities. HS does not seem to acknowledge that any large metropolitan area in a WMD or other large impact event 77 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 cannot handle the event alone. Surrounding and even small municipalities will need to have training as well. 2-1 Difficulty understanding where the agriculture threat fits into the homeland security picture and funding. 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II That WMD is a greater threat than natural hazards or non-WMD man-made hazards. 2-2 Somewhat Concur ~Historically speaking, there are more natural events and non-WMD man made hazards.2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II Law enforcement and intelligence gathering prevention of security risks and violations. Again prevention of human caused or induced acts of terrorism and violence. Sometimes there are direct relationships to EM practices however, there is more correlation to post-event actions and management of consequences. 2-3 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II "HS" programs seem to focus only on preventing acts of terrorism, border security, and secretive or sensitive "need to know" information that leaves a lot of people out of the loop, unable to help if they could or wanted to. HS programs also tend to operate totally out of touch with reality of human perception such as the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) which is generally not well thought of and not considered to be helpful. 78 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 Until Hurricane Katrina, nobody in the Dept. of Homeland Security seemed to care any more about events that proved to be more disruptive than a terrorist attack. 2-4 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II Homeland security is seen as primarily a law enforcement type activity. Although some of the terrorism grant monies have been used to purchase items that have dual use, most emergency managers will tell you the homeland security or terrorism emphasis has detracted from many of the normal and needed functions re: emergency management and those programs have suffered as result. HS is more narrowly focused. 2-5 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ Huge amounts of monies have been given to health departments and fire services as well. 2-12 II Homeland Security grants and program focus primarily on weapons of mass destruction--foregoing natural incidents. We've stepped away from all-hazards planning and training. Grants are primarily based on equipment rather than staffing to maintain local programs and grow local programs. 2-7 Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II Homeland Security's main function is to provide for the domestic security of the US and to prevent terrorist attacks. While these are important goals emergency management deals with a multitude of hazards and coordinating the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation work required to prepare govt. and the public. 2-10 79 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 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II YES: Homeland Security programs tend to be based on secrecy and everything being confidential. No open dialogue or sharing with anyone outside the security-type responders. 2-11 Concur ~ Fusion centers are a great example. Information is shared more with law enforcement than any other entity. 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ Some of the HS aspects are compartmentalized, by law as much as by parochialism. That will always be unavoidable. To attribute this to HS as their creation is somewhat inaccurate. 2-12 II Homeland security has focused on one threat, terrorism, or more specifically weapons of mass destruction attacks conducted by nihilist Muslim extremist groups. This has translated itself into the purchase of response equipment and the redistribution of taxpayer funds based on terror threat and political expediency. It has lead to severe duplication of efforts in that arena and a reduction of funds and efforts in the all hazard approach regarding the totality of threats facing communities. Political figures endorse DHS policy because they get "things" that they can display to their constituency to indicate that they are doing something. Response agencies get "things" that they may or may not have use for. Bureaucracies get more peop...
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