I’m studying and need help with a Management question to help me learn.
In need of a 125 response/discussion to EACH of the following forum posts. There are (2) different Forum posts. Agreement/disagreement/and/or continuing the discussion. The two interactive posts should each be substantial, relevant, and engaging. Replies to classmates should include direct questions. In-text citations and references may be in APA format. Original forums discussion/topic post is as follows: (Use/Cite references to support your ideas)
Effective Emergency Management
Using the concepts you have learned thus far, discuss the emergency management planning of Smith Hill at the end of Chapter 3 in your Fundamentals of Emergency Management text. What are the problems with the Smith Hill Emergency Management organization? How can emergency planning be improved in this town?
Please start a new thread when creating your initial post and write any responses to others within their existing discussion threads.
To receive full credit, be sure to respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. Choose classmates who do not have any responses. If all classmates have at least one response, then you may respond to any two.
FORUM POST 1
Good morning class,
The initial problems I see with Smith Hill is the lack of
leadership as well as responsibility. I can almost tell that when emergency
management practices became mandated within the city, no leaders or officials
wanted to be bothered by creating the EOP’s, creating a funding plan, or laying
out the foundation for a constructive EM team. I see this type of attitude a
lot within the military as well. An extra step is added into an existing
process and people always throw out the good old “we’ve been doing it like
this forever” mindset. A large issue with Smith Hill has to do with the
lack of implementation. The city officials just signed letters of appointment
to prove on paper that they had an emergency management team. When in reality,
there were barely any funds allocated, no planning or exercises completed and
no inter-organizational relationships established. People are resistant to
change. An experienced emergency manager needs to be introduced to the team,
set expectations and establish EOP’s that people can carry out effectively. To
be realistic, not every town is going to have enough resources to have their
own independent management team and some officials may be pulling these as
collateral duties. With an experienced emergency manager spending some time
with the officials and assisting in the layout of an effective emergency
management plan, resulting in ultimately handing the responsibility back to the
local EM team, the town can be better off than it is now. I enjoyed our
reading this week and hope everyone is doing well!
FORUM POST 2
This week we learned basics structure and emergency
management planning for emergencies, disasters and catastrophes.
In this week forum, I will discuss the planning of the
Smith Hill Emergency and identify problems of the Management Organization, as
well as how can emergency planning better improve the town.
First let me help outline the events of the Smith Hill
incident. The town in 1993 had a population of less than 10,000. Being a
relatively small City it’s revenue generated via taxes was low. With all good
and well throughout emergency preparedness plans, adequate funding is a
necessity. With the tight budget of the city emergency preparedness was not a
priority of elected officials. The emergency planning of the city was run by
the police department and followed FEMA guidelines.
Although the planning started off in the right direction
it basically stopped in the first stages of emergency planning. It was not well
thought out and in better terms can be described as unprofessional. There plans
had not been updated for years, they were hand drawn and roles and
responsibilities were not clearly assigned and explained if something were to
Amongst the biggest problems were the lack of personnel
available and members being tasked with too many responsibilities and positions
in the emergency plan.
We learned in this last week the different levels that an
emergency can be run by. The three being local, state, and federal. During the
Smith Hill emergency, there was a lack of pre-determined trigger points and
mutual aid agreements. The city officials just expected to borrow neighboring
jurisdictions if something happened.
For a city to have an effective emergency plan it is vital
that all of the stakeholders work together. The stakeholder of a typical city
in America are, police, EMS, and public works. For emergency planning to
improve in this town the officials need to direct more of their budget toward
emergency planning. Work better with neighboring agencies and develop mutual
aid plans as well as work establish an emergency operations committee to lead
the planning process for a detailed emergency plan and organization chart that
has clear designated roles and command structure.
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