In the EM class I’m taking, we’ve talked about agenda building and policy in relation to emergency management. A natural but unfortunate part of the process is that as the public’s focus turns elsewhere, programs begin to decline. In emergency management, lack of a particular type of incident tends to undermine focus. In difficult economic times, that decay manifests even quicker. Cases in point:
- David Merrick calls attention to declining public health readiness in a recent blog post.
- On his blog, Lucien Canton discusses proposed cuts to the tsunami early warning system, and cuts already made to the U.S. Geologic Survey earthquake detection prgram.
All these points have me thinking about the problem from a different angle, and I hope to discuss it further here in the near future.