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Joel Palmer
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It's not possible to post something this political and avoid the politics, but the main reason I wanted to share it was that it reminded me of one of my first true EM conversations. In Dec 2006 I did a rotation with NOLA OHSEP, and as part of that time I spent an afternoon with the emergency manager of Plaquemines Parish. One of the areas we spoke about is the same thing addressed in the article - the need for trust between the emergency manager and the community, emphasizing that the high evacuation rate of his parish was based on his relationship with the community members. With a politically split country it's even more important to have those relationships at the local level.

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This seems like a program with a lot of potential. Since the goal is normally to shift from Federal personnel and reservists to local hires as rapidly as possible, providing those individuals with some extra training and keeping them in mind for subsequent incidents sounds like a great way to reduce delays in hiring, processing projects, and getting assistance out to the folks who need it.

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A two-fer on assessing EM programs - the linked piece links to another with additional detail

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Geoscience data and information collected over the last 30 years shows that multiple giant earthquakes and associated local tsunamis have struck the Pacific Northwest (including Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Southwestern British Columbia) for at least the past 10,000 years. Part 1 of the series will highlight the work of two prominent scientists, Dr. Kelin Wang of the Geological Survey of Canada and Dr. Joan Gomberg of the U.S. Geological Survey/University of Washington


http://ow.ly/dkUx30bDhCS

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Pandemic planning work was the first time I dealt with the community resilience aspect of mitigation, although I didn't hear it called that at the time. As the article discusses, one of the major goals of pre-pandemic planning is establishing actions that will (hopefully) reduce the spread and/or severity of illness. My hope is that there's more trust between local communities and their EM/PH folks than is evident between the country in general and the Feds or we're all in trouble since most of these actions require voluntary participation and without trust you have no support.

http://ow.ly/brYN30b7mQH

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Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released five documents designed to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.

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Between all the years of drought and now a long and heavy rainy season, this could be an ugly year for wildfire all over California. Great to see this sort of effort to get the information out to the general public in multiple and easy to access formats.

http://ow.ly/zBWa30bphz4

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While this report is focused on development, there's a lot here that I hope domestic (US) emergency managers pay attention to. Having just lived through the most recent multi-year drought in CA I know there were a lot of questions of what role EM can and should have in managing a slow-roll event like this. Some of the ideas here, especially on aligning the emergency and development programs seems like it parallels what we try to do with response and mitigation efforts.

http://ow.ly/bFas30bp49W
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