New Release: Core Capability Development Sheets

Today’s FEMA Daily Digest Bulletin announced the release of Core Capability Development Sheets which are intended to help jurisdictions build or sustain each capability by integrating: Available training courses Capability targets for the THIRA Nationally typed resources Partners to support development of capabilities Exercise support and guidance to validate capabilities Assistance from the FEMA National … Continue reading New Release: Core Capability Development Sheets

Measuring Preparedness – An Executive Academy Perspective

A recent class of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy published a paper titled Are We Prepared Yet? in the latest issue of the Domestic Preparedness Journal.  It’s a solid read, and I encourage everyone to look it over. First off, I wasn’t aware of the scope of work conducted in the Executive Academy.  I think … Continue reading Measuring Preparedness – An Executive Academy Perspective

Do We Need Different Systems for Catastrophic Incidents?

We’ve long heard, albeit in small pockets, people proclaiming that emergency management and public safety need different systems for larger incidents vs smaller incidents.  For years, the Incident Command System (ICS) fought that stigma, with many saying that ICS is only used for hazardous materials incidents (specifically because of OSHA requirements) or for large incidents … Continue reading Do We Need Different Systems for Catastrophic Incidents?

Planning for Preparedness

Yes, planning is part of preparedness, but organizations must also have a plan for preparedness.  Why?  Preparedness breaks down into five key elements  – remember the POETE mnemonic – Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising.  I’m also in favor of including assessment as a preparedness element.  Needless to say, we do a lot when it … Continue reading Planning for Preparedness

7 Emergency Management Priorities for the Next Administration

Heritage.org recently published a piece outlining the top four homeland security priorities for the next administration, which can be found here.  It’s a thought provoking article that certainly identifies some important issues.  In the same spirit, I’d like to offer what I think are the emergency management priorities for the next administration. 1) Support an … Continue reading 7 Emergency Management Priorities for the Next Administration

Failed Attempts to Measure NIMS Compliance – How can we get it right?

Yesterday the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled Federal Emergency Management Agency: Strengthening Regional Coordination Could Enhance Preparedness Efforts.  I’ve been waiting for a while for the release of this report as I am proud to have been interviewed for it as a subject matter expert.  It’s the second GAO report on … Continue reading Failed Attempts to Measure NIMS Compliance – How can we get it right?

Measuring Return on Investment in Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Improving State Preparedness Reports

A lot of money is spent within the emergency management and homeland security enterprise.  Looking just at the last couple of years of annual Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) (this is the annual grant provided by the US Federal government to states and urban areas), $1.044 billion was allocated in FFY 2015 and $1.043 billion … Continue reading Measuring Return on Investment in Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Improving State Preparedness Reports