Another Take on Disaster Reservists

Jobs: FEMA Looking for a Few Good Men and Women. “The only mistake that Craig Fugate made.”

I got this posting from Eric Holdeman’s blog. The Diva thinks Fugate probably made more than one mistake but this one was a glaring error.

Update: See detailed comments on the Holdeman site provided above. Clearly some reservists are still very angry.

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All Hands Volunteers

David Campbell and his dedicated crew at All Hands deserves some praise.  He and his volunteers have been working internationally to help with disaster recovery. See their website for details about recent work in Ecuador and other good works in Gatlinburg,  Louisiana, Ecuador, and Nepal.

Think about volunteering or supporting this and other worthwhile non-profits.  We are going to need their help more than ever in the coming years.

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New GAO Report on Enterprise Risk Management

Here is the direct link to the new report on Enterprise Risk Management. A one page summary and the full 56 page report are available at that link.

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Health Preparedness and Response Capabilities

2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities. According to the document, it “outlines the high-level objectives that the nation’s health care delivery system, including HCCs [health care coalitions] and individual health care organizations, should undertake to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.” In detail, the document breaks down four capabilities that, if followed, will allow the health care delivery system to be at full readiness for any emergency or disaster. Each capability is divided into Objectives, which in turn contain activities to complete the given objective.

Capability 1: Foundation for Health Care and Medical Readiness
Capability 2: Health Care and Medical Response Coordination
Capability 3: Continuity of Health Care Service Delivery
Capability 4: Medical Surge

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Cities and States Lead on Climate Change

This is a follow on to the posting I did on Nov. 25th. Cities and States Lead on Climate Change.

Since it seems the federal government is likely to be a less reliable partner on many fronts, it is essential that other sectors of society assume responsibility for more activities.

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Ethical Questions re Climate Change

At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change.

An MIT panel discussed The ethical challenges presented by climate change and the question of what individuals — and academic institutions like MIT — can do to affect change. “Science has performed its role adequately,” said Vice President for Research Maria Zuber, “[but] it cannot tell us what our obligations are to future generations. Determining how to respond to climate change is a question for all of us.”

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