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Red Teaming for Emergency Management

Red Teaming for Emergency Management

How do we know that decisions taken in an emergency are appropriate? Ensuring appropriate checks and balances can help reduce the influence of groupthink or any other of these decision making biases. In high stress situations, when the stakes are high, like in an emergency, could emergency managers could do to support those making the strategic decisions? Do they understand the complexity of the issues? Have they considered all of the options? Have they thought through all of the ramifications of their…

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What did an Emergency Manager think of San Andreas?

What did an Emergency Manager think of San Andreas?

It’s a running theme for me to blog about disaster movies, so here’s my latest installment, after watching San Andreas yesterday evening. CAUTION: contains spoilers! San Andreas (not the most inspired title) see’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a helicopter rescue pilot go rogue to save his family from the largest earthquake ever recorded. As disaster films go, it borrows fairly heavily from Emmerich’s standard formula: Heroic estranged father Scientist with a grave theory Early destruction of a landmark (in…

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Mix’n’match Emergency Management

Mix’n’match Emergency Management

In 2007 I did some work on Hospital Evacuation, which is a throughly complex problem. I won’t go into the detail here, suffice to say that it brings some real ethical issues and logistical challenges. I mention this, because way back in 2007 someone that I spoke to described their Hospital Evacuation Plan as “planned improvisation”. I remember recoiling at this. Here I was trying to document every last detail of how wards should work together with central hospital functions…

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