Issues, Principles and Attitudes

Approach to managing the risks from hazards

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Unformatted text preview: cy Management Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University Have some reservations about how EM is taught: resources used, limited scope, caliber of education and training. Needs more and constant effort. 3-10 Do Not Concur ~ 3-6 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ 3-9 II The reason I have not completed the section of the Survey on KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitude) is that in 40 years I have found no specific indication of what makes a successful EM. It is important to note that if the political leadership of any jurisdiction does not want to be the crisis manager in an unexpected event, he/she better have hired the best EM they could and even then success is not guaranteed. If the individual lacks experience then that is a system not individual failure since training and exercises can make some amends for that shortcoming.3-11 103 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 APPENDIX C This consolidation was created by Dr. Blanchard based on the responses to open-ended questions in Phase I of this study. The intent was to capture the themes that arose therein to more succinctly inform the Emergency Management Roundtable Meeting. The attendees were also supplied the raw Phase I narrative data that is contained in Appendix B. Emergency Management Principles Survey Consolidation Compiled by Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard, March 2007 All Actors Collaboration (1-10), Coordination, Communicate, Build/Maintain Relationships, Develop a team (1-1, 1-2, 2-3, 2-5, 2-10, 2-11, 2-12, 2-13, 3-3, 3-6, 3-8, BWB); Understanding all community priorities and incorporating EM within these priorities, and the ability to really communicate (create a dialogue) with community members at all levels, The ability to develop coalitions and consensus (1-3); Community Engagement (1-4); Functions as uniter of agencies, above turf battles (1-8); A transparent and systematic approach to managing the risks from hazards; Communities must be given a say in what levels of risk they consider acceptable and what measures are put in place to manage those risks (1-11); Inclusiveness, community base (1-12); 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 (3-9). All Disasters Are Local First (BWB); bottom-up development based on the local level (but with harmonisation provided by national and regional levels (1-12); As the level of need increases, the government should respond in an incremental fashion. EM is a delicate balancing act (3-1) All Disasters Are Different (BWB) All-Hazards (1-10, 1-12, 2-7, 2-11, 2-13, 3-4, 3-7); 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 (1-4) An understanding of local politics and their impact on resource allocation (1-3) Building Disaster Resistant and Resilient Communities (BWB); importance of the role of people in creating resilient communities (3-4); Community Resilience (3-8). Comprehensive Emergency Management (BWB); The base principle is to continue the discussion for a comprehensive emergency management program that involves all phases, for all disciplines, for all hazards, for life safety and property protection (3-5). 104 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 Critiquing (1-2) Culture of Disaster Preparedness -- Everyone should have survival skills / know what to do or not do when disaster strikes (2-5); Public outreach and training (2-7); 4. Educate the public as to their responsibilities with regard to threat, preparedness and response (2-12); Public education that yields household mitigation and preparedness (1-5); Individual and community responsibility and self reliance, individuals and communities are ultimately responsible for their safety and the security of their livelihoods (1-11); Everyone should know how to care of themselves and their family and/or community in case of an emergency (3-1). Customer Service -- focus on designing operations and programs that serve the victims and potential victims of disasters (3-6, BWB). Disasters Are A Fact Of Life We will always have disasters, natural, human-induced (accidental), human-induced (intentional). The threats grow greater in number and complexity (3-10). Disasters are more than just large emergencies (1-2). Disasters Are Social Constructs -- 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 si...
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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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