Blog 3: Fema Training
In an emergency it is important that all levels of government and emergency services respond quickly and efficiently. According to FEMA the National Incident Management System or NIMS
provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.
This weeks FEMA training touched on many things that we have discussed in class, including how PIO’s or Public Information Officers should handle stakeholders involved in a crisis and how to coordinate messages and information within an organization. This training also showed us new ways on how to handle public information during and after an incident.
Many of the things that we learned in class were reiterated in the FEMA training course. This includes making no promises about what may come and making sure that the public receives correct and factual information. They also talked about having a plan for every situation and using the media and technology to your advantage. I definitely feel like there was a lot of crossing over of information between what we have discussed in class and the FEMA training.
One of the things that was new to me in the training was the “cycle of disseminating information”. The gathering, verifying, coordinating, and disseminating stages of the cycle are a very good idea and should be implemented in all scenarios. The setting up of the Joint Information center was also new. I think JIC’s are a very good idea because they allows for a central working facility, pooled resources of other services and PIO’s, more PIO’s in one place for a greater source of knowledge and expertise in one place, and it gives people a visible place to get information. I think that more people in the general public should have to take the FEMA training courses.