Allocation of Resources

Emergencies and disasters do not always adhere to fiscal funding plans. They often do not occur at convenient intervals. Frequently, these events occur simultaneously or in rapid succession. One of the many lessons learned from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria was that preparations need to address multiple events in multiple locations. In addition, resources may be necessary for periods of time extending well beyond the event itself. The National Interagency Fire Center utilizes a predetermined protocol in evaluating the level of resources available, the level of resources necessary to address a specific situation, and an evaluation of potential additional events requiring response. Further, they continually monitor and assess the risk of further events which could result in the reallocation of resources that are already deployed.

In your discussion, using a specific type of hazard that is prevalent in your area,

  • Imagine that you are the emergency manager for your community and a mandatory evacuation has been ordered. While many have heeded the warning and evacuated to safety, approximately 200 people have refused to evacuate. Many of those who failed to evacuate are now calling 911 requesting to be evacuated. The event has just begun and while the situation is currently dire, it is expected to get worse in the following 24 hours.
  • Explain how you would respond to the approximately 200 residents who are now requesting to be evacuated.
    • Keep in mind your plan should already include this situation as a potentiality.

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