What Now? By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed We must have an unflinching but hopeful and constructive post – COVID assessment. Can one prepare a useful and truthful COVID -19 after-action report to spur national planning for the next pandemic in our volatile political climate? How to minimize the impulse to reproach or defend while maximizing emphasis on the measures that should be taken next time? Regular readers must be aware of where I would place much of the responsibility for the scope of the COVID -19 disaster. But, in this instance, I would strive to curb that inclination [...]
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Emergency Management’s Journey to Resilience: Using Our Words by Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Where does the term “resilience” fit among these standard emergency management terms? Mitigation. Preparedness. Response. Recovery. Prevention (how did that get in here?). Finally, Resilience. Mitigation: efforts to minimize the negative consequences of a known hazard. Preparedness: a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to assisting governments, businesses, and the entire community to be prepared to avoid or withstand the disruption of a known or even unforeseen hazard. Response: accorded disproportional attention in disaster exercises, it is “what we do with what we have” in a crisis. [...]
A Year of COVID: Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Ahead By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed It has been more than a year since the pandemic turned life upside down for everybody. Emergency managers and homeland security professionals should soon begin to assess what went right, as well as identifying any missteps along the way. “Emergency Management Once Removed”(aka “Jim”) merely poses these questions from a comfortable chair: individual jurisdictional answers will vary. Looking Back How did the preset comprehensive disaster framework hold up? ? Was a system super-imposed for the pandemic that eclipsed the existing planning framework? Were [...]
A Retrievable Legacy for Disaster Mitigation By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed In 1997 James Lee Witt, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), established a pilot program to reduce the human and economic cost of disasters. The purpose: incentivize the government, private sector, and the public to collaborate on the identification and reduction of a community’s most serious natural disaster hazards. That initiative was Project Impact. Seattle in late 1997 was among 7 jurisdictions chosen as a pilot site to demonstrate the effectiveness of Witt’s vision. As a chosen “pilot” jurisdiction, Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management OEM), where [...]
Trust By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Well before the pandemic began exacting its horrific toll, “trust in government” was on a downward spiral. Last January, in “Government’s Trust Deficit: A Possible Antidote,” I suggested a program of community-centric disaster exercises that could be used to prepare the public for a disaster. The concept was that through these exercises, emergency managers could make use of their online capabilities to open a dialogue with the public, building trust while also providing constructive advice on community preparedness and government obligations, limitations, and capabilities during emergencies. The technology exists, and emergency managers [...]
The Whole World Was Watching – January 6, 2021 By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Some of us also have been watching what I hope was the last act in a dangerous display of violence fueled by years of dishonesty, threats, the vilification of fellow citizens, and finally an attempted coup. Do not count on it. The attempt to overthrow the United States government and that was what was occurring, has for some reason surprised people, even though the threads of such a conspiracy have been publicly available – including the nutty conspiracy theory that the riot was an [...]
CRED Communications Flyer Course Description - Crisis, Risk, Emergency, and Disaster (CRED) Communications are distinct yet intrinsically related fields. This course will introduce all of this and examine them as distinct areas that should be viewed and handled differently. It is the aim of this course to explore them as different fields and build appropriate skillsets. The course will provide, not just theoretical arguments, but practical solutions for practitioners charged with public communications in emergencies and disasters. The Fundamentals Course is targeted at non-communications professionals who may be responsible for emergency communications on behalf of an agency or organization. [...]
WINTER BREAK RESOURCES Food: Motion Church (Meals in Motion): Location: 601 9th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372 Phone: (253) 848-9111 Services: They provide to-go meals for those in need. They hand out food on the 3rd full weekend of every month. For the month of December they will be handing out food after the church service on Saturday, December 26th and Sunday, December 27th. Website: https://motionchrch.com/meals-in-motion Tacoma Rescue Mission: Location: 425 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone: (253) 383-4493 Services: They provide daily meals. Breakfast is served 7:30am-8:15am and dinner is served 5pm-6pm. Christmas dinner will be provided [...]
“There is Too Much: Let Me Sum Up” - Emergency Management Once Removed 2020 By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed January: “Government’s Trust Deficit: A Possible Antidote” proposed that emergency managers “devise exercises in which the public can participate, to “penetrate the divisive “white noise” that makes essential government messaging difficult to transmit in normal times and potentially impossible during emergencies…” Hmm-mm! February: “It’s Dusk in America” foresaw a dark (short-term) future. Though things seemed “normal” on the surface, I felt unease that darkness might soon fall (little did I know!). My optimistic assertion that the NCAA’s “March Madness” [...]
Dec. 10, 2020 Congratulations to Curry Mayer - New Director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Lakewood, WA - The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE-HSEM) would like to congratulate Curry Mayer for her appointment as Director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Curry has been a Board member for the CoE-HSEM since 2014 and became Co-Chair of the Board in 2016. She also wrote the first draft of the HSEM Bachelors of Applied Science Degree Statement of Need, which set in motion of the establishment of a BAS degree in HSEM at Pierce [...]