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Emergency Management: To Be or Not to Be

Written by  Dan S. Lunsford, CEM Sunday, 18 November 2007 21:26

As I live in California, it is natural that I reflect my emergency management knowledge and experiences in the way things are done here. To the extent possible, I will try and provide my thoughts, from a universal emergency management perspective, of several issues impacting emergency management including Government Roles, Who's Responsible, Program Elements, The Apathy Problem, and A Formula for Success (an emergency management formula used successfully in the City I serve). Government Roles The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal agency charged with building and supporting the nation's emergency management system, advocates local government as the first responder to the public's emergency needs by providing: Community alerting/warning Emergency public information Evacuation Care and shelter