Advise regarding Emergency Preparedness and Response

     Recently, I worked with a group of government officials that indicated it plans to produce a report on emergency preparedness and emergency response.  Permit me to offer the following advice to people involved with emergency preparedness and response (EP&R).

     Permit me to recommend the following topics and questions for study, planning, and action. [1] [2]  Consider planning from Reuse toward Infrastructure, as well as planning in a more traditional sequence or in a ‘random’ sequence.

·    Reuse

·    What impact – beyond EP&R – should EP&R have?

·    Outcomes

·    What impact should EP&R achieve regarding preventing, minimizing adverse consequences of, coping with, and benefiting from emergencies?

·    Consider as many types of emergencies as appropriate.

·    For each type of emergency or combination of emergencies, consider as broad a range of scope of crisis as appropriate.

·    Implementation

·    How should people work to achieve the above impacts of EP&R?

·   Consider as much Reuse and as many Outcomes as appropriate.

·    Consider as many scenarios as appropriate.

·    Consider as many types of preparedness drills as appropriate.

·    Insight

·    How should people plan so as to carry out such Implementations?

·    Consider potential principles, goals, benefits, costs, and risks – regarding emergencies.

·    Consider potential principles, goals, benefits, costs, and risks – regarding non-emergency aspects of society.

·    Information

·    What information is needed in order to achieve the Reuse, Outcomes, and Implementation?

·    What information is needed in order to formulate, decide on, carry out, and benefit from the plans?

·    Transactions

·    How will people and systems find, synthesize, store, communicate, receive, qualify, understand, and use such Information?

·    How will people and systems carry out transactions needed to achieve the Reuse, Outcomes, and Implementations and to develop the Insight?

·    Infrastructure

·    What infrastructure is likely to be impacted by emergencies and what infrastructure is needed to perform all of the above?

·    Consider needs to achieve Reuse, Outcomes, and Implementations, develop Insight, and carry out Transactions.

·    Consider individuals, teams and organizations, and skills – including people who need to be involved, people who may be involved, skills people need to have, and skills people have.

·    Consider traditional infrastructure for the transportation of people, information, air and water, energy, food and other supplies, and so forth.

·    Consider traditional infrastructure for sheltering people, using information, providing air and water, providing energy, using food and other supplies, and so forth.

·    Consider other infrastructure, such as money and other fungible items.

[1] The outline, terminology used for the titles in the outline, and the content are Copyright © 2007 Thomas J. Buckholtz.

[2] The outline and terminology are based on the Direct Outcomes achievement tool known as Achieve Progress and described in the book Innovate Incisively. (http://thomasjbuckholtzcom.wordpress.com/)

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One Response to “Advise regarding Emergency Preparedness and Response”

  1. daveshields Says:

    THis is a *very* important area. As a Philipine official, speaking in the aftermath of a catastrophic mudsllide, noted, “No Innovation Matters More Than That Which Saves Lives.”

    There is a great lack of software in this area. it is the most hostile environment imaginable for commercial software vendors, so we must rely on open-source technology. For example, the comment above was made about the use of Sahana, an open-source project working in this area.

    Paul Currion, funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation, did a survey of this area a few years back.

    thanks,dave

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