Archive for August, 2010

Conducting a Proper Capability Assessment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Author: Chris Hiles, MS, BSN, RN, Emergency Manager, IEM

My fourth article on emergency management focuses on doing a proper capability assessment. I wanted to make sure that people were thinking in terms of the big picture and not just focusing in on planning, purchasing supplies, or training people. They need to be aware that all of these things, and many others, make the difference in a response.

Does Trust Matter in Managing Emergencies?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Author: Mark Scott, Manager of Critical Infrastructure, IEM

When emergencies occur — hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, pandemics, terrorism, hazmat spills, radiation leaks, and more – people expect government to act. Emergency managers at all levels must move quickly and effectively to protect life and property. And to do so, they need something that is increasingly scarce: the public’s trust.

Many observers believe we live today in an era of mistrust. Poll after poll has chronicled the continuing decline of trust for our major institutions, especially the public sector. In its most recent “Trust in Government” survey, the Pew Research Center found that “By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.” Building on previous surveys, the 2010 report found that half of the population continues to believe government runs its programs inefficiently; that there has been a sharp increase in the last decade in people believing that government has the wrong priorities; and that the number of people who believe the federal government has a negative effect on their day-to-day lives has also increased (to 43%). (more…)