Doug Bedell — April 20, 2012, 9:21 am

Sizing Up A Community’s Readiness For Effective Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been promoting its “Whole Community” approach to emergency management – a great concept as far as it goes. But it presumes that communities – whole-scale or corporate (we might add) – are equipped for effective, coordinated emergency response.

That’s not always the case, however, as Jessica Herrera-Flanigan notes in a Homeland Security Watch blog post. “Sadly,” she writes, “some communities are more about struggle than success and a Whole Community approach means little if there is little to nothing to build upon. What do you do when there are few strengths on which to build?”

Answers to questions like this depend, first, upon being clear which sort of community you’re involved in – one that’s amply prepared and cooperative, or one that doesn’t quite get it. FEMA might still be helpful in terms of the latter situation, but you have to know the right questions to ask and answers to seek. So, as always, be clear about where you’re coming from in terms of community security and preparedness.

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