September 4, 2007 fema emergency Management Higher Education Project Report



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September 4, 2007 FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Project Report

(1) EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
City and County of San Francisco Budget Analyst. Management Audit of the Office of Emergency Services. San Francisco: Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst, May 15, 2006, 181 pages. Accessed at:

http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/budanalyst/Reports/OES/OES_Mgt_Audit.pdf
City and County of San Francisco Budget Analyst. Updated Status Report on Implementation of the Recommendations in the Management Audit of the Office of Emergency Services. San Francisco: Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco, April 23, 2007, 34 pages. Accessed at:

http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/budanalyst/Reports/OES2/Follow-upMAOfficeofEmergencySvcs.pdf
Moynihan, Donald P. Leveraging Collaborative Networks in Infrequent Emergency Situations. Madison, WI: IBM Center for the Business of Government, University of Madison-Wisconsin, June 2005, 48 pages. Accessed at:

http://www.businessofgovernment.org/pdfs/MoynihanReport.pdf
Moynihan, Donald P. "What Makes Hierarchical Networks Succeed?

Evidence From Hurricane Katrina." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Public Policy and Management, Madison, Wisconsin, November 2006, 32 pages. Accessed at: http://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/appam/moynihankatrina.pdf

(2) FEMA AND DHS:
United Press International. "Obama: Free FEMA From Homeland Security."

August 27, 2007. Accessed at:


http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20070827-13293200-bc-us-politics-obama.xml

[Excerpt: "...Obama said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be removed from the Department of Homeland Security.... 'One of the things that we've proposed is the FEMA director should be independent, should have a six-year term like the FBI director,' Obama said, 'not subject to politics, reporting directly to the president on this reconstruction process.' .... 'What we know is, FEMA has worked in the past because it was independent, because it was managed by somebody who actually understood emergency management, the Illinois Democrat said. 'There's no reason to assume that this is the last controversy or catastrophe that we're going to be dealing with in the years to come,' he said."]

(3) HIGHER EDUCATION CONTINUITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:

Academic Continuity and Emergency Management: Improving Higher

Education's Ability to Continue Teaching and Learning When Confronted by Disasters (Report of Working Group). University of Maryland-University College, June 27, 2007, 7 pages. Accessed at: http://www.academiccontinuity.org/files/academiccontinuity-emworkshop%20final%20report82907_0.doc


[Note: "The University of Maryland University College under a grant from Sloan-C held an 'Academic Continuity-Emergency Management Workshop' on June 27, 2007, in College Park, Maryland. Their report is now available on this website: http://www.academiccontinuity.org/node/245

The report includes preliminary findings, general conclusions, recommendations, and a list of participants. The context of the rationale for the workshop was that immediately after Hurricane Katrina, there were many college-level students who were displaced from their respective Institutions of Higher Learning. Other colleges and universities across the country stepped up to allow these displaced students to register for classes on-line to continue their studies while their respective institutions were reconstituting. The funding to support the students' ongoing education was funded by the Sloan Foundation. The Foundation later funded the University of Maryland University College to convene a work group to review the lessons learned from the situation and to consider recommendations for such actions in the future. Two emergency managers with long-term IAEM affiliations (Kathee Henning and Rocky Lopes) were among the group of academic institution representatives who participated in the workshop. While some of the experienced emergency managers' input and recommendations were reflected in the final report, not all of them were."]

(4) HOMELAND SECURITY:

Cass, Stephen. "Homeland Insecurity." Discover, August 24, 2007.

Accessed at: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/sep/homeland-insecurity

[Excerpt: "Pork and waste. Six years after the fall of the Twin Towers, the devastating blow to the Pentagon, and the inspiring courage of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, anti-terrorism funding is an exercise in pork-barrel spending and high-profile projects of dubious value."]

(5) KATRINA:


Associated Press. "Tancredo: Time To Stop Funding Post-Katrina Recovery." August 31, 2007. Accessed at: http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=7013115
[Excerpt: "Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo said Friday that it's time to stop 'runaway government spending' on post-Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Louisiana's governor called the statement 'an insult to Americans in need'."] Elsewhere, Tancredo is quoted "This whole fiasco has been a perfect storm of corruption and incompetence at all levels" {see: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/tancredo-slams-katrina-spending-2007-08-31.html}]
Briscoe, Daren. "Katrina: A Systematic Failure." Newsweek, September 10, 2007. Accessed at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20546339/site/newsweek/

[Excerpt: "Louisiana politicians and the federal government have had two years to fix the sewers of St. Bernard Parish since Hurricane Katrina destroyed every pump and lifting station in the 30-mile network. Little to nothing has been done.... The hitch? The Federal Emergency Management Agency's rules allow the city to rebuild the St. Bernard sewers only as they were, not to upgrade them into a more modern system that officials want.... The St. Bernard Parish case "is really an example of what we're seeing in a lot of places," says Gil Jamieson, FEMA's deputy administrator for Gulf Coast recovery. "Communities are looking at the public assistance program as a pot of gold."]

Goldberg, Jonah. "The Media's Katrina Malpractice." Los Angeles Times (Column), 4 Sep 2007. At:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldberg4sep04,0,2789442.column?coll=la-opinion-columnists
[Excerpt: "...there was one thing missing from the coverage of this natural, social, economic and political disaster: the fact that Katrina represented an unmitigated media disaster as well."]
Kelman, Ari. "Hurricane Katrina: Who's To Blame for this Unnatural Disaster." The Nation, August 29, 2007, 7 pages. Accessed at: http://www.alternet.org/story/61003/
[This is a review and critique of a half-dozen books about Katrina -- mostly from a point of view of "how to apportion blame to characters ranging from the merely incompetent to the criminally negligent." Kelman notes a wide range of responses to that central question.
Pender, Geoff. "A War (of Words) Between the States -- Sniping Continues Over Which State Got More Funds." Biloxi Sun Herald (Miss.), September 2, 2007. Accessed at:

http://www.sunherald.com/278/story/133055.html

[Excerpt: "Numerous recent national and regional media reports and opinions stop just short of saying Mississippi has stolen federal Katrina-recovery dollars from Louisiana.... But is it true? Per capita, have we received more?.... if there is a disparity, why?....

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour believes it's because Mississippi had a plan when it went to Congress, hat in hand, after Katrina. "We presented a very specific, reasonable request...," Barbour said. "We didn't ask for everything we ever dreamed of, multiplied by two.".... During a recent meeting with the Sun Herald, Barbour went off on what he called the "whining" in Louisiana that Mississippi got too large a share."]

(6) PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE:

Barrett, Devlin. "ID Would Limit Access To Disaster Sites." Washington Post, September 3, 2007. At: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/03/AR2007090301229.html

B.Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM

Higher Education Project Manager

Emergency Management Institute

National Emergency Training Center

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

16825 S. Seton, K-011

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

(301) 447-1262, voice

(301) 447-1598, fax

wayne.blanchard@dhs.gov



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