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In Other News… – November 2020


In Other News (Or Let’s Get Back to Governing) By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Nov 10, 2020: “Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today delivered recommendations to create a statewide disaster resilience office to Gov. Jay Inslee, the Legislature and other state leaders, as recommended by the Disaster Resiliency Work Group. “  When I drifted into semi - retirement in 2013, I had two major regrets as a 20 plus year director of emergency management (in Seattle and Washington State ). I’ve written extensively about both disappointments in this blog - one being the importance of developing disaster exercises that directly involve the [...]

In Other News… – November 20202020-11-17T19:36:38+00:00

A Word to Emergency Managers About 2020


A Word to Emergency Managers About 2020 By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Note to Readers: This commentary first appeared in the National Emergency Management Association’s (NEMA) October edition of Ready Nation: People. Since I had the privilege of serving as both a local and state emergency management director, it has been suggested that my message might be suitable for a wider audience. Dear Colleagues: It might be time to reflect on your emotional or mental health in the wake of COVID-19, wildfires, storms floods and civil unrest. 2020 is different. Those currently in emergency management roles would do [...]

A Word to Emergency Managers About 20202020-10-27T18:00:52+00:00

About Us – October 2020


About Us By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed  Black slaves once were counted in the Census as 3/5 human beings, a “compromise” that inflated slave states’ population, boosting their representation in Congress (and the Electoral College).  In 1876 Rutherford B. Hayes ascended to the Presidency after a disputed election largely because he agreed to withdraw military forces from Southern States (stationed there to ensure that the rights of newly freed Black citizens were protected). That “compromise” opened the gates for further repression of persons of color. The above is part of American history, much as we may wish it [...]

About Us – October 20202020-10-19T05:43:38+00:00

Happy 5th Year Anniversary of Jim Mullen’s blog, Emergency Management, Once Removed


By Kellie Hale At our 2015 Educators and Practitioners Summit, which celebrated the Center’s 10th year since its formation, Jim Mullen was one of our keynote speakers. I was amazed by Jim’s ability to tell a story. After the Forum, I knew I needed to get Jim to be our blogger. With his over thirty-years of experience in emergency management, I recognized that other people needed to have the chance to read about his stories and knowledge he could share with others. I am thankful that Jim accepted my offer. Now with five-years under his belt as our blogger, I [...]

Happy 5th Year Anniversary of Jim Mullen’s blog, Emergency Management, Once Removed2020-10-07T23:29:14+00:00

“Whither Emergency Management?” – September 2020


“Whither Emergency Management?” Emergency Management, Once Removed By Jim Mullen Prompted by a series of racially charged incidents involving the use of force by police, the Seattle City Council is intent on reducing or “redirecting” SPD’s budget resources. Among the Mayor’s counter - proposals is the transfer of the all-civilian Office of Emergency Management OEM “somewhere” outside of SPD’s budgetary control. Clearly there are many important issues under review: but where should OEM go? Responsibility for organizational placement of the emergency management function rests with jurisdictions’ elected officials. Yet most elected officials in most jurisdictions only take “notice” of emergency [...]

“Whither Emergency Management?” – September 20202020-10-07T23:12:23+00:00

“In the Wrong Hands” – August 2020


"In the Wrong Hands" By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed  It is long past time to restructure or eliminate the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Reservations expressed at its inception about the potential abuses of power that such an agency might commit were ignored. Post 9/11, such concerns were subsumed by decision makers more worried about the psychological and political consequences of another successful terrorist attack. Combining multiple federal agencies under one Secretary of DHS was thought to assure greater collaboration among agencies with law enforcement and regulatory missions. It was posited that such a superagency would allow for greater [...]

“In the Wrong Hands” – August 20202020-08-06T19:42:52+00:00

Walls or Bridges? – July 2020


Walls or Bridges? By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed News about the COVID-19’s rising infection and mortality count is available 24/7. Overwhelming video evidence of police violence and all-too-frequent indifference of the justice system to police misconduct is both inescapable and nauseating. Despite incontrovertible evidence of a pandemic crisis or the existence of frequently unchecked racially biased policing, some stubbornly doubt what is reliably reported from our streets and our hospitals. Ignorance of uncomfortable truths is exploited by unscrupulous, unethical politicians, journalists, and some activists, all professing moral purity. Racism does not slink away because we have ignored its [...]

Walls or Bridges? – July 20202020-07-14T21:23:02+00:00

Paranoia Strikes Deep – June 2020


“Paranoia Strikes Deep”* in 2020 By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed The attention to a response to a major crisis can obscure a potentially more dangerous underlying threat. The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a national public health issue, which must be resolved before the national economy can be resuscitated and “normal” life can resume. But the reactions to the pandemic and the protective measures responsible government officials have taken has ripped the band aid off an even more diabolical threat to the stability of our country. A few of our fellow citizens seem to have concluded that [...]

Paranoia Strikes Deep – June 20202020-06-18T20:31:09+00:00

Reconciliation versus Resistance: Which Will Win?


Readers: Occasionally I review previously posts to avoid repeating myself (unless I want to!). The 2016 piece that I wrote entitled “Reconciliation versus Resistance”: Which will Win” seems relevant in 2020. What do you think? Jim Reconciliation versus Resistance: Which will Win? By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed, November, 2016 After this year’s national election, a sizable portion of our population will feel devastated and perhaps even betrayed. When Kennedy defeated Nixon in 1960 (my earliest clear recollection) and in the years since, if your candidate lost there was always the realization that the sun would still rise, the [...]

Reconciliation versus Resistance: Which Will Win?2020-06-18T20:29:56+00:00

The Wisdom of Yogi – May 2020


The Wisdom of Yogi By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll probably wind up somewhere else” - Yogi Berra What will “recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic look like? Do we know? While it is unfair to expect those responding to the current crisis to think much farther ahead than their next reporting cycle, preparations for long-term recovery will be even more important to the long - term health of our society. These are some of the sectors of society that will merit special attention (and reserve capacity?) Supply Chains • How [...]

The Wisdom of Yogi – May 20202020-06-18T20:27:35+00:00
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