I hope everyone had a great 2017! As we enter in 2018 the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report is continuing to adapt to meet the information needs over the next year.
Probably the most common question I get is “why are you posting information not specifically dealing with emergency management?” I’m a strong believer that emergency management doesn’t exist in a vacuum and depends on and is affected by other disciplines and issues. For the record I will continue to share information on the following topics:
- S. Emergency Management
- National Security
- Homeland Security
- Campus Safety, Security and Emergency Management
- Access and Functional Needs
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Natural and Technological Hazards
- Public Safety Communications
- First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Criminal Justice, Search and Rescue)
- Public Health and Healthcare
- Global Affairs and Security
- Human Rights and War Crimes
- Humanitarian Affairs and International Development
- Refugees and Migrations
- Civil Protection and Preparedness
- Climate Change
- Resilience and Adaptation
Of course as new issues arise this list can be expanded at my discretion. The overall goal is to arm today’s emergency managers and other disciplines with news and resources that can help us better protect our communities and the world.
These reports will continue to be created and published. The storyboard feature seems to have been well received by everyone, so I’ll continue using it going forward. For those of you who prefer the old school situation reports I still create them and simply upload the data into the storyboard. The old-style reports are of course uploaded to the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report website at: https://sites.google.com/site/emergencymanagersweeklyreport/home
I try to cover incidents occurring both in the United States and around the world. The frequency of these reports is always dependent on the information available, my availability and the significance of the incident.
When creating situation reports I only use verified information from government agencies, non-profit organizations and relevant private sector sources. If you look at any situation report there is a section entitled “Sources”. In this section I include the type of source such as a situation report, website or social media account and a link to that source.
Social Media Pages
I don’t expect to add any additional social media pages in 2018. Presently the social media pages include:
The most recent pages added in 2017 were the Linkedin Page and the Instagram Page. This year I will work on growing the followers of these pages.
I’ll be adding some sections on the weekly edition in 2018, these include:
Cultural Heritage Protection and Preparedness
The looting of art and archaeological sites has been occurring throughout human history. With the rise of ISIS the international attention on this issue has increased. At the same time natural and technological hazards will continue to impact the art and cultural community. This has given rise to a small but growing section of the emergency management profession dedicated to protecting this community. Because of these facts this section will cover efforts to protect the art and cultural community from disasters and looting and wars.
U.S. Homeland Security
As we enter 2018 the amount of terrorist attacks and threats will no doubt continue to rise. We will probably also continue to see a rise in hate crimes, so this section will also cover these unfortunately incidents as well.
U.S. Defense and National Security
The threats we face in 2018 will likely continue to rise impacting our defense and intelligence communities. Having a section dedicated to these issues I feel is prudent.
Immigration, Migration and Refugees
One of the major issues the world community and the United States have faced over the last few years is the movement of people whether due to climate change, disasters or war. This will doubt continue to be an issue in 2018 and beyond so I felt a new section dedicated to these issues is needed.
I hope everyone has a great 2018!
Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report