Issues, Principles and Attitudes

Essentially emergency management must be seen as a

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Unformatted text preview: pond for them and assist them in the recovery component during a disaster/event." 2-6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "To be effective, emergency management must be perceived as adding value to the community it serves. This means it must be integrated and institutionalized with normal governmental mechanisms. Essentially, emergency management must be seen as a mechanism by which the community manages risk. Consequently, emergency management must be based on risk management principles: identification of hazards and vulnerabilities, analysis of risk, etc. Second, emergency management is about management. Emergency managers are generalists who must integrate the activities of numerous spets. This requires skills in strategic planning, meeting facilitation, etc. Emergency management must therefore be based on general management principles as well. I think some principles are self-evident: multi-hazard, multidisciplinary, risk-based, etc. However, we sometimes tend to define emergency management through tasks rather than through principles in an attempt to distinguish it from other disciplines. Actually, it's not all that different from components of other disciplines such as risk management, business continuity planning, etc." 3-7 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "4 phases; Functions as uniter of agencies, above turf battles; Revolves around risk assessment; Essential government service." 1-8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I will list the six principles I believe are critical, but each organization and government entity has their own. 1. Above all things, serve the public health and safety above all concern for personal interest or career. 2. Protect the weakest members of the community first. 3. Plan for the most effective use of resources as defined by a sound risk assessment for those you serve. 4. Ensure that at a minimum that the core emergency response community and community elected officials are aware of their emergency roles and duties, and are prepared to discharge them in an organized and coordinated manner. 5. Protect people and animals first, and then critical infrastructure needed to protect them, and finally the environment the people and animals live within. 14 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 6. Improve the capability of the emergency management cycle each day, even if just a little, for the community you serve: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation." 3-9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. An integrated approach that recognizes that risk (as generated by our hazards and vulnerability) and the impacts of specific events are the product of wider social processes that `emergency management' can only significantly influence this from within the community's broader decision-making systems. 2. A comprehensive approach that balances activities in mitigation (which includes prevention), preparedness (which includes planning, education, and resources), all aspects of response (not just life safety first responders) and short and long-term recovery. 3. An all-hazards all people approach that considers the interaction and interdependence of the full range of potential triggers with the dynamic set of determinants of vulnerability. I believe these three points represent the core principles (i.e. "a fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating force, upon which others are based") and that there are many other elements that support the application of these principles. Some of these, in no particular order, are: a research driven, evidence-based `reflective practitioner' approach to emergency management (instead of the current lessons learned through random practice); the development of an emergency management profession (in the sense of a profession from a sociology of occupations perspective) that is education based and self regulating; the development of clearer emergency management `best practices' (which should come naturally from the previous two elements) and; a greater degree of community engagement which I believe will also come once emergency management focuses on these principles." 1-4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I think the fundamental elements of an emergency management program are found in the NFPA 1600 Standard on Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. The general principles of good management that are taught in public administration and business administration programs across the country also apply to the management of emergency management/business continuity programs in both the public and private sectors, as they would apply generally to the management of any program." 2-9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I think it is imperative that our principles, theory and policies be based on sound assumptions. For instance, I think it is crucial that we accept the following as fact: 1. Our nation will be affected by many di...
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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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