Response and Recovery
As a newly appointed boss of a completely new position within the department, being an emergency manager is a great honor. My immediate step is first the response mechanisms to allow my team to arrive with confidence and assurance of their training. By allowing an extensive training program for a disaster situation, it allows my team members to become knowledgeable of numerous situations, but it also allows them to form a unity that cannot be formed any other way. As training and preparation has become the whole desirable function to relief within a disaster it essentially has become imperative. With training comes planning, equipping, and an instinct to save lives within a disaster (Nemeth, 2017). As nothing can be redundant training can teach resiliency with adaptation. Modifying a human’s behavior is a psychological strategy and it can be used to better prepare an individual for a disaster they maybe faced with for their own protection.
Once the individuals get into the field with a disaster, it is simply going to have to be evaluated to attempt to proceed with the recovery stage. As public welfare and societies general safety is of the utmost importance, approaching a disaster has to be done with an extreme amount of discretion. As a person may only get one chance to get it right with their boss, an emergency manager may only get one chance to get a disaster area correct. As budgeting comes down (as I have no control over that) I would emphasize more training, the more practice and knowledge all of the staff has becomes a true benefit. This would also allow for an additional way of dealing with the public while attempting the recovery and response side of emergency management. “Though government organizations and emergency responders work together through their respective national disaster response framework, the sentiment of the affected people during and after the disaster determines the success of the disaster response and recovery process” (Ragini, Anand, & Bhaskar, 2018, p. 14). As a unified team all additional areas will fall within place; including redundancy, resiliency, and general training. Within Proverbs 3:25 (King James Version) society is reminded of what is actually meant by response and recovery. “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.” As a newly appointed manager I feel it is best to utilize trial and error and attempt to guide my team within the correct mannerisms.
Nemeth, C. P. (2016). Homeland security: An introduction to principles and practices (3rd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis (CRC Press). ISBN: 9781498749091.
Ragini, J. R., Anand, P. M. R., & Bhaskar, V. (2018). Big data analytics for disaster response and recovery through sentiment analysis. International Journal of Information Management, 42, 13-24. doi:10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2018.05.004