Issues, Principles and Attitudes

An emergency manager who does not have these skills

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Unformatted text preview: the sectors and their components what to do and how to do it." 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Emergency managers must be willing to work with and learn from people in many different disciplines (physical, biological, and social sciences; engineering, planning, architecture, and medicine/public health)." 1-2 Coordination - emergency managers organize all relevant stakeholders with a common purpose. "Emergency managers are coordinators can only achieve their goals by working effectively with others." 1-2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Coordination with diverse and divergent stakeholders, including the public. An emergency manager who does not have these skills will likely have difficulties in the current environment, which is very political in most communities." 3-9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Ensuring that agencies involved in emergency management work together according to plan and are familiar with each other's cultures, procedures, protocols, faces, etc." 1-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Coordination of responders this requires knowledge of how organizations work (the various organizations that respond to disasters) knowing how/having skills to facilitate coordination."1-6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "One need for all EM program is understanding the needs of all parts of the entity, how they interact with each other and how they interact with the program." 2-11 II Flexibility - emergency managers rely on creative and innovative approaches to solving disaster challenges. This is especially the case after disasters when pre-defined approaches may be inadequate to the situation at hand. 19 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 "Because we cannot prevent or anticipate everything, we must be prepared and be willing to improvise."1-10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Customer service focus on designing operations and programs that serve the victims and potential victims of disasters." 3-6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The Emergency Manager should be an organized analytical planner who has the ability for quick decision making under extreme conditions in a multi-tasked environment." 2-6 Professionalism emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement. "In-depth knowledge of the field of EM, from both research and experience, regarding the key components. Since each person's knowledge is limited to own experiences, it is essential to be familiar with research and experience of others. History of EM and knowledge of broader context of public administration are essential but often ignored foundations of the EM profession." 3-10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Emergency Management relies on and acknowledges the various bodies of knowledge how do we make best use of this diverse range of knowledge. How do we coordinate and utilise all this information so that the practitioner can do a better job." 1 -11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Ensuring that emergency management is transformed into a fully-fledged profession and that professional qualifications are properly recognised in personnel decisions and work processes." 1-12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Becoming informed regarding the principles of emergency management." 1-5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Certification and professionalism are two more issues facing emergency managers." 2-13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "It is also important for emergency managers to have core competencies to coincide with their formal education as it becomes a profession." 1-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Collaborations between researchers and practitioners in this field are very important to more our agendas forward." 2- 11 II Emergent Themes The themes that emerged should come as no surprise to those in the emergency management community - issues such as funding, political support, public education, individual responsibility, 20 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 etc. have long been fodder for discussion. Many of these responses were stated as issues or challenges facing emergency management. Funding "Lack of funding from all levels of government." 1-8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Funding equates with recognition and value of a program by its constituents. At the public or nonprofit institutions, that generally comes from the community because the focus is on people. At private institutions, that comes from shareholders because the focus is on the bottom line." 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Funding will only follow if officials truly understand EM and the risks associated with not maintaining an adequate...
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