Issues, Principles and Attitudes

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Unformatted text preview: tants on the Subject of Emergency Management Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University Concur ~ 1-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 1-11 II The idea of guiding principles suggests a degree of professional consistency that I do not believe exists. By this I mean that I believe we have not yet achieved an emergency management `profession' where the range of practices, from local, rural emergency planning to national policy, is acknowledged as different applications of the same principles. This, in turn, reflects the current stage of the natural development of an emergency management profession in which discussion about principles (including surveys like this one) are a normal evolutionary step. It is not for academia to establish these principles, nor for any level of government or association committee to decide on. Practitioners need to develop a shared sense of the principles, academia needs to foster and reflect this shared sense, and government and associations will, through the participation of practitioners, adopt, promote and then adapt principles as the profession evolves. Just as the principles of health or education are not exactly as they were 50 years ago, emergency management's principles will shift over time. It is this very process that will see real `guiding principles' build credibility as they survive the shorter term trends. There is a stronger sense of guiding principles in Canada and New Zealand... 1-4 Concur ~ Well said. At the Natural Hazards Conference there have been endless discussions of the need to connect research and the work of the academic community to the requirements of the practitioners. Maybe someone should really to the practitioners and figure out what they want and need. If that occurred, the practitioners might be much more accepting of what the academics provide. 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ This gets closer to the crux then most of the other material in the survey. I agree that the US is behind and suggest it is because we take too much pride in the fact that the existing programs appear, without any definable basis, in different department and schools depending on academic whim in the governing institutions. 1-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur- 1-8 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 1-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 1-11 II Since the current administration took over, the current discussion has been diverted from the guiding principles of emergency management that were in place. The shift to terrorism and the dropping of the established practices that were in place when this administration took over has left the fundamentals of emergency management out of the conversation. The best answer I can give to this question is that our nation was pretty close to having emergency management "right" and robust at the end of the Clinton administration, but the current administration has put us back as a nation to where we were in the 1950s. 1-5 48 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 ~ But that is reality. 9/11 was a seminal event that will shape our nation for the immediate and distant future. I am no fan of what has happened but I realize the reality that our elected leaders need to stress terrorism prevention, preparedness, response and recovery if they want to survive politically. If 9/11 had not occurred we would be in a different place, but it did and we need to accept that reality. 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~I agree that the profession is currently in a "swing back" phase after being pushed in the right direction in the 1990's. The challenge ahead is will the profession split or will the differences between conflict- and consensus-based incidents be addressed. 1-4 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Do Not Concur ~EM was as flawed in previous administrations as it is today only the direction has changed the underlying bedrock basis has yet to be properly categorized and cast into statute. 1-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Sad but true, although reforms after Katrina are pointing in the right way. 1-8 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 1-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not familiar so N/A 1-11 II This is still being overshadowed by the discussion of what the FEMA function is and where it should exist. The question cannot be answered given the core wording here until there is a clearer national separation between Emergency and Disaster and Homeland Security- this question begs answering. 1-7 Maybe terrorism preparedness and natural/technological hazard preparedness are different enough to treat them entirely differently. The DHS organization (changing again as I write) reflected this perception. If Katrina had missed New Orleans, we probably would have preparedness separated from response and recovery and maybe that was the right answer. 1-3 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ I agree that the current practice has replaced "...
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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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