NAS report on Issues re Resilience of the DHS Workforce

As I recall, there was an earlier report out from a workshop on the topic of the resilience of the workforce at DHS.  Here is the latest report, titled  A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Front Line (2013)

If you just want to see the Executive Summary (19 pp) and the six major recommendations,you can download, at no cost, all or parts of this  book-length report (266 pp.).

Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation Disasters

A newly issued report from the Transportation Research Board (of the National Academy of Sciences) is a useful addition to the recovery literature. Its full title is A Pre-Event Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation; the full document is 207 pages, but the body of the text is 60 pages. A Power Point slide set is also available, which is handy for educators and trainers.

Although aimed at transportation disaster events, and focused on their impacts and effects on infrastructure, it is a useful document generally regarding the recovery process.

The prose is more readable than most FEMA documents, and the document offers a literature review and some case studies.  I would like to have seen both of those features enhanced, since both are relatively thin in my view. But, at least they make a contribution.

The document includes a chart on elements of the recovery process, done by the Diva ( p.6) in 1985.

Review of Resilience Report by the NAS

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The Diva recently completed a review of the report “Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative,” issued by the National Academy of Sciences in late 2012. The review is included in the March/April issue of Environment Magazine.  Some excerpts:

From an intellectual standpoint, I believe the study findings and recommendations are commendable and credible. The report provides a substantial foundation for the formulation of mandates and funding streams to achieve resilience national. My concerns are practical ones, relating primarily to governance, as discussion in Chapter 7….

I see resilience as paramount going forward. Currently, there are no mandates ( legislative, regulatory, or directive) or funding streams for resilience activities in the main federal agencies responsible for emergency management. It remains to be seen who would be help accountable for efforts to accomplish, measure, document, and evaluate examples when they occur.

Here are the links to the full text versions of reports mentioned above: