Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why is it so hard to talk about Resources?

Today I met with our Logistics and Operations folks to talk about Resource shortfalls. When thinking of a catastrophic plan, we have to realize what we have to meet our response numbers. So if we have 161 fires burning, and only 4 fire trucks, how are we going to get resources to fight those fires. Everybody knows what resources they have, it's defining what they will need from other sources that is difficult. What does a 7.0 look like, we don't know. What will it take to meet the needs of the response, we don't know, because we don't know where the event will take place and how much damage it will cause. How do we get something that we don't know if we will need it? Makes my head hurt thinking about it.

My meeting today focused on developing questions for our locals on what they have, what they will need based on a certain scenario, and what resources they are short on. Now to find the right person who can answer those questions and turning the answers into a resource request to FEMA.

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