|Due By (Pacific Time)
||08/12/2017 10:00 am
Your completed work should total approximately 8-10 pages (a minimum of one page or 250-300 words per response—a little more is better than a little less), excluding the cover sheet and list of References or Works Cited.
Session/Week 7: Response
(Select and respond to one question for Session 7)
1.) Should the president have flexibility or discretion for making emergency or major disaster declarations using exceptional procedures or criteria in extraordinary circumstances, or should the president be restricted to following standard procedures and criteria provided in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistant Act in order to ensure fairness and consistency regarding federal disaster aid? Should the federal government adopt a more “forward leaning” approach to declaring emergencies or disasters with FEMA intervening in potentially catastrophic incidents more quickly than the traditional approach, perhaps even mobilizing before formal requests for assistance from local and state governments?
Session/Week 8: Emergency Support Functions and Hazard-Specific Incidents
(Select and respond to one question for Session 8)
3.) Find an example of an emergency or major disaster of any type (i.e., weather-related or natural disasters such as hurricanes, ice storms, floods, wildfires, earthquakes or tornadoes; biological incidents or infectious diseases; transportation accidents; radiological or chemical incidents; terrorist attacks; technological or cyber incidents; etc.) in the United States in the past 20 years other than the 9/11 attacks or Hurricane Katrina that involved the activation of one or more ESFs. Describe the assistance that was requested and received, and evaluate its effectiveness or success. What, if anything, should have been done differently to improve that ESF activation?
Session/Week 9: Communications (Select and respond to one question for Session 9)
6.) Assume that you are the emergency management director or coordinator for a state or local political subdivision (i.e., county or city), or for a major volunteer or healthcare organization involved in disaster response (e.g., American Red Cross or a hospital). What are the major challenges you would confront in terms of crisis and risk communications in response to a disaster involving the mass or “mainstream” media (e.g., TV, newspapers, radio) and social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.)? Are there positive roles for these respective media? What would be your overall strategy for managing, or at least working productively with, mainstream and social media?
Session/Week 10: Recovery (Select and respond to one question for Session 10)
8.) Find an example of a major corporation, nonprofit, nongovernmental or volunteer organization of any type that experienced a major disaster or disruption in the past twenty years. What is your evaluation or assessment of their planning, preparedness, mitigation, resilience and business continuity, recovery or resumption efforts? What were the impacts or effects of their resilience (or lack thereof) in terms of the local community, economy, or critical infrastructure sector?
Session/Week 11: Program Reviews and Improvement Planning
(Select and respond to one question for Session 11)
10.) Find a relatively recent news story (e.g., 2010 or later) about a major incident; for example, an infrastructure disruption; a cyber attack; a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, etc.); an outbreak causing disease or affecting health (e.g., food contamination); or an industrial accident—different than the example you used for the Week 11 discussion forum. Present an after-action review of the incident, answering questions such as these:
- What could have been done better to prevent it?
- How well did mitigation controls perform?
- Was it detected in a timely manner?
- How effective were the response strategies?
- Were priorities appropriate?