Lesson Archives

  1. Good communications starts with a commitment by the leadership of the emergency management organization to sharing and disseminating information both internally and externally.  The director of any emergency management organization must openly endorse and promote open lines of communications among the organization’s staff, partners and publics in order to effectively communicate.  This leader must model […]
  2. An essential element of any effective emergency management system is a focus on customers and customer service.  This philosophy should guide our communications with the public and with all partners in emergency management. 
  3. Communications has become an increasingly critical function in emergency management.  The dissemination of timely and accurate information to the general public, elected and community officials, and the media plays a major role in the effective management of disaster response and recovery activities.
  4. There is often a theoretical debate over when the response function ends and the recovery function begins.  For our purposes we will classify the response function as the immediate actions to save lives, protect property, and meet basic human needs.  The recovery function is not so easily classified
  5. When a disaster event such as a flood, earthquake or hurricane occurs, the first responders to this event are always local police, fire and emergency medical personnel.  Their job is to rescue and attend to those injured, suppress fires, secure and police the disaster area and to begin the process of restoring order
  6. Preparedness is not, however, only a state of readiness, but also a constant theme throughout most aspects of emergency management.  If one looks back into the history of the Nation, they will see the predecessors of today’s emergency managers focusing most heavily upon preparedness activities. 
  7. Over the last decade the social and economic costs of disasters to the United States, and throughout the World have grown significantly. During the 1990’s, FEMA spent over $25.4 billion to provide disaster assistance in the United States. During that decade, the economic toll of natural disasters, world wide, topped $608 billion
  8. n January 24th of 2003, Tom Ridge and a small initial staff commenced work at the Nebraska Avenue Center (NAC) headquarters, a facility shared with the US Navy in Northwest Washington, DC (that had previously been used by the Office of Homeland Security.)
  9. George W. Bush, a new FEMA Director was named to head the Agency; Joe Allbaugh.  As a former the Chief of Staff to Governor Bush in Texas and President Bush’s Campaign Manager in the 2000 Presidential race, Allbaugh had a close personal relationship with the President