By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, Lead Trainer for the CEM Commission
Last month we focused on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) criteria and demonstrated one method of incorporating them into our essay outline. This month we will describe our organization, develop a problem to solve, and demonstrate one method of refining a partial essay outline.
For our essay, let’s choose a small city led by an elected mayor with its own small police force and fire department. Our analysis indicated that first responders have completed all NIMS training requirements, and the city has a plan to train new hires. Responders are well trained and regularly conduct drills. However, the command structure is not strong because of poor plans and conflicts between the police and fire chief regarding who is in charge. As such, the city hasn’t conducted a functional or full-scale exercise in years. The mitigation plan is out-of-date, and staff never heard of the National Disaster Recovery Program. Following the recent disaster, the after action report indicated that the existing emergency management program was ineffective.
For the purpose of this article, we will choose to update the current program, ensuring that it is integrated and comprehensive, includes all hazards, and is NIMS compliant. We need to fix the command structure and improve overall communication.
Now that we’ve decided upon a problem statement, our partial outline begins to look like this.
Now that we have modified our outline according to the decisions made, next month we will further refine our essay outline to fill in the missing elements so we may begin writing our first draft.
IAEM Bulletin, March 2013
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