Never one to be shy and retiring, fellow blogger Eric Holdman recently published this posting: “Emergency Management Dependencies; The feds have been too generous to us.”
Here are a couple of his observations:
I think perhaps we have lost our initiative to do things on our own. Although the federal grant funds in the form of homeland security grants has enabled us to do many wonderful things, we have become addicted to grants.
*** we’ve converted our state and local emergency management programs into federally funded organizations that can only do what the grant guidance allows. We have allowed the feds to assume what should be our responsibility as states, counties and cities to fund a basic public safety function — that being emergency management.
I am sure readers have a few thoughts and opinions on this topic.
The Diva would add that adhering to requirements of federal grants results in a change in thinking and vocabulary, both of which sometimes get in the way of dealing effectively with citizen groups and clients to be served.