Issues, Principles and Attitudes - Oh My! Examining Perceptions from Select Academics, Practitioners And Consultants on the Subject of Emergency ManagementCarol L. Cwiak North Dakota State University This report seeks to open a dialogue and to shed light on where consensus exists in the field of emergency management as it relates to what the important issues and fundamental principles are. By examining the responses of thirty-six respondents across three groups within emergency management – academics, practitioners and consultants, we gain insight into the field both as it applies to the views of the specific groups and as it applies to consensus across groups. This report is the result of the time, energy and contributions of a committed group of professionals dedicated to the advancement and evolution of emergency management. INTRODUCTION This foray into the minds of select emergency management academics, practitioners, and consultants began where so many of these journeys begin, in a dialogue seeking insight. This particular journey began when Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard, the Project Manager of FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Project, actively sought out answers to what he thought was a simple query regarding the fundamental principles of emergency management. Blanchard was disappointed to learn that there was no clear agreement or anything specifically delineated and universally accepted as the fundamental principles of emergency management. This research effort as well as the initial Emergency Management Roundtable Meeting held at the Emergency Management Institute in March of 2007 (and subsequent efforts on that front), are the byproduct of Blanchard’s commitment to address the foundational matter of emergency management principles.
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