Issues, Principles and Attitudes

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Unformatted text preview: if anything is lacking in the discussion of what the guiding principles of emergency management should be at the county, state and federal government level? 72 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 I believe it's easy to talk of principles; to me there is a lack of discussion at all levels about practices and interlocking and linked strategies relevant to a jurisdiction's threats and disaster risk. As such, effective programs and strong emergency management organizations do not exist in many states. Too many local jurisdictions abdicate their responsibility to the state. Many states, mine being one, are trying to build programs with federal resources and minimal state funding. 2-1 Somewhat Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Effective EM programs don't exist because of inadequate funding, lack of support and the current focus on homeland security. 2- 11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II Development of an overarching emergency management doctrine. 2-2 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Effective EM programs don't exist because of inadequate funding, lack of support and the current focus on homeland security. 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ It will help and provide focus, but the actors must commit to the doctrine for it to be successful. 2-12 II This is difficult to respond to because of regional differences and availability of resources. Outreach to general public with interface in the business/corporate sector. Local leadership to focus on emergency management there are so many competing issues and demands. Land use planning and risk analysis. Provide information to the general public via hazard(s) maps, risk factors, and/or disaster event history. Making tough politically sensitive decisions EX: there are places that should not be rebuilt and former residents need to be relocated. 73 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 Best if this could happen through risk and vulnerability assessment and analysis prior to natural disaster occurrences. 2-3 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ Absolutely concur with the lack of discussion about "making tough politically sensitive decisions", and lack of focus on EM because of competing issues and demands. 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-12 II The link between PUBLIC HEALTH and EMERGENCY MANGEMENT. These two go off on their own and do not coordinate nearly as well as they should, and must. (This is ongoing): way too much emphasis on high-risk, low frequency events like terrorism, and with the emphasis placed too far to the "Homeland Security" arena, we miss the fundamental principles upon which emergency management is based preparing for and responding to events which are more "low risk high frequency" but very disruptive. This includes earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc. Finally, this discussion would be remiss if we did not more directly link FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. The two have so much in common, and share guiding elements such as NIMS (Incident Command) but often operate independently from one another, don't share their toys as well as their mothers' taught them to do, and have other disconnects. This is true even IF the EMA and Fire Department are operated under the same entity. 2-4 Somewhat Concur ~Emergency Management should be a stand-alone agency. Once it is organized under a response entity the focus goes primarily to that discipline. Agree that there should be strong links between all response and volunteer disciplines. 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Do Not Concur ~ We need more open discussion with ALL aspects of our response-recovery systems, limiting it to public health and fire is too narrow. And while one example of a high-risk, low-frequency event is terrorism, earthquakes and hurricanes are also in that category. 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 2-12 II Chief elected officials are lacking in their understanding of their leadership roles / responsibilities. This basic fact has been too long overlooked. Preparedness and survival are individual responsibilities should be taught (dare I say mandated?) in our public schools. We need more emphasis on public education. 74 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 Guiding principles should be re-examined in light of existing and ongoing research. Practitioners and researchers should work together or at least have a dialogue. 2-5 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Con...
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