From the WashPost: Trump is breaking every rule in the CDC’s 450-page playbook for health crisis. The communication chaos on coronavirus is eroding the most powerful weapon we have: Public trust
From WashPost: FEMA Struggles With Sprawling Crisis as Season of Natural Disasters Lurks. And it threatens to swamp the agency.
From RAND and via Georgetown Journal of International Affairs: What Can FEMA Learn from the Historic 2017 Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons?
Article in TheGuardian: Trump Cuts Undermine Coronavirus Containment; Watchdog Report. Direct link to the report: An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2a: Coronavirus and the Three-Year Trump Quest to Slash Science at the CDC
Here is another example of short-sightedness See this account from Politico: DHS wound down pandemic models before coronavirus struck. A vital modeling program was sidelined amid a bureaucratic battle, former officials say, leaving U.S. less prepared to face the virus.
From the Wash Post: What lessons will we learn from the coronavirus crisis?
Interesting to contemplate what changes might occur and which ones might be permanent.
FEMA mobilizes to respond to coronavirus pandemic
From HSToday this Inforgraphic on Agency Responsibilities: Coronavirus Responsibilities: Which Agency Is Tasked with Doing What
As of March 13: This 6-page document: Twenty Things for Organizational Leaders to Know about COVID-19
From Politico, this article re staff at CSIS who prepared a pandemic scenario a year ago. Here are details of that event, which closely resembles what we are dealing with currently re COVID-19.
See: We Predicted a Coronavirus Pandemic. Here’s What Policymakers Could Have Seen Coming. “Last year we ran a disaster scenario shockingly similar to the news now. Here’s what experts realized the world is getting wrong, and how they can fix it.”
From NBC News: FEMA preparing for possible coronavirus emergency declaration
“To me this is another indication that the president and the White House are finally aware of the gravity of the situation,” said former FEMA official Michael Coen.