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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest
Numerous reports in the past few years argue that more severe weather can be expected as a result of climate change. According to many meteorologists, hurricanes and other major weather events will become increasingly severe, prompting concerns for emergency management budgets.
For example, The Hill states that the emergency management spending to manage disasters is becoming a “large chunk of the deficit.” Certainly, emergency management has been at the forefront of discussions on budget cuts for a while now. Budgets and the appropriate resources are critical to the effective management of any natural or man-made disaster.
But a Heritage Foundation report charged that emergency management spending is simply out of control. Knowing what we understand about emergency management resources, these tight budgets should be a major concern to all emergency management professionals across the country.
Budgets and Resources for Disasters
Oklahoma recently experienced a serious outbreak of tornadoes, which fortunately did not result in a large number of casualties. Could that be attributed to good luck or are emergency management professionals in the United States simply getting better at handling emergencies and disasters?
Luck or Good Management?
The unfortunate reality is that with serious disasters in recent years, emergency managers across the country are learning from their mistakes and learning from the mistakes of others. Disaster management continues to tighten, especially as more and more scholars of emergency management emerge sharing their knowledge of more effective disaster management. While budgets for first responder services may be tightening, knowing how to better manage emergencies is also improving.
Ultimately, more research into this issue will provide an intriguing answer, especially as after-action reports continue to strengthen the overall discipline and practice of emergency management.