Is a Lack of Institutional Knowledge Plaguing Emergency Management?
As boomers retire, are they taking all this knowledge with them? Should they?
BY JIM MCKAY
As the emergency management field grows and evolves, it does so in the face of a warming climate, a proliferation of new technologies and a changing of the guard as baby boomers retire and are replaced with younger workers.
Some say those younger workers aren’t provided with the knowledge of their predecessors, creating a situation of having to reinvent the wheel or as one emergency manager called it, “discovering fire and wheel.”
“It’s frustrating on my end,” the emergency manager said. “I say that people continue to ‘discover fire and the wheel.’ There is little mentoring that is going on as the boomers retire. A whole new generation of emergency managers is entering the field with no knowledge of what was done in the past or what is good, if not a best practice.”