In Orlando, many people have died this day. This is a tragedy for our civilization. The perpetrator likely expected a certain, primal, violent response that would enhance and validate his goals. So let's not validate them. Let's take the broader perspective that would be better for our civilization.
What is an emergency? Well, an emergency SHOULD include threats to life, health, safety, security, maybe even the economy. But if we misuse the word, then we end up like Chicken Little or the boy who cried 'Wolf!' Let's not go there.
The number and quantity of oil spills we've caused as a civilization--and the damage they cause to both our planet and our economy--have been well documented. The important question to be asked at this juncture of our development is this: Are we learning anything?
Social Justice issues--poverty, racism, etc.--shouldn't be part of our EM checklists--but they are. Our country has not evolved beyond these issues, so we as professionals must accommodate these faults if we are to best serve those who trust us to do the right things. Here are some resources that illustrate the issues.
In what seems like a pretty significant eternity ago (about two months), we reviewed our fledgling blog and talked about threats and risk--what we had covered so far, what we expected to cover in the future, and what we hoped …