Chapter 12 in your text is titled, “Foreseeing the Future.” This is an important chapter that deals with threats and vulnerabilities (which seem to be growing by the day!). This week, as we did in Module 3, your assignment will be to take on the role of emergency manager and answer any 3 of the 7 question in the list provided below. Each response should be a minimum of 200 words and should be written from an emergency management perspective. No need for APA formatting for this assignment.
You are the emergency manager for a small town in Tennessee. You have just been advised by the National Weather Service that a severe thunderstorm is likely to occur in about 12 hours. What are some associated and secondary hazards that you should be concerned about? What should you be ready to do if the inclement weather produces flooding, hail, or tornadoes?
You have been hired as the risk manager at a chemical plant outside of Houston, Texas. You have been asked to review your company’s operations with an eye on potential safety problems. What types of industrial accidents could occur and why? If an explosion took place and it emitted dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere, what should you do to respond effectively?
You are the emergency manager for Seattle where there has been a terrorist attack with nerve gas. What measures should be taken to protect first responders? What can be done to help law enforcement officials obtain evidence and prosecute the guilty party?
As the president of the International Emergency Management Association, you have been asked to testify before congress regarding some of the new threats our nation should be aware of. What would you convey in your briefing? Can you think of any other hazards or threats that have not been identified in this chapter?
A wildfire has just erupted in Arizona and it is moving toward a small mountain city. You are the emergency manager. Keeping the lessons of the East Bay Hills incident in mind, what steps can you take to respond effectively?
You are the emergency manager for Miami, Florida, and you have been assigned to review your ability to implement disaster response and recovery operations. What areas in and around Miami are vulnerable to natural disasters and why? What population segments are more vulnerable than others and why? What other factors could augment vulnerability in this area?
You work for the city of Cleveland, Ohio. You have a son who is in high school and he shows you a website where students express their views on a verity of subjects. Some of the students espouse affinity toward violence and how much they hate minority groups. From an emergency management perspective, why should this concern you? What should you do to alleviate your fears?