Back in March, I blogged about two documents that will shape FEMA’s future - our strategic plan and "Publication 1". There is no doubt that as the world continues to change, these changes will have profound effects on the emergency management profession.
In addition to the two guiding documents I shared in my previous blog post, we’re also helping the emergency management profession better plan for the future through our Strategic Foresight Initiative. The initiative is an effort from a cross-section of the emergency community to consider questions like these:
- How should the effects of climate change be considered as investments are made in mitigation?
- What capabilities will emergency managers need as America’s population ages and becomes more diverse?
- How can emergency managers leverage social networking to become more effective?
- What events and circumstances have the potential to transform the field of emergency management, similar to September 11 or Hurricane Katrina?
The SFI community identified nine drivers that will affect the future of emergency management:
- the changing role of the individual in disaster preparedness,
- climate change,
- critical infrastructure,
- the evolving terrorist threat,
- global interdependencies and globalization,
- government budgets,
- technological innovation and dependency,
- universal access to and use of information, and
- U.S. demographic shifts.
The next step for the SFI community is to explore key trends in each of these issue areas, with the goal of helping emergency managers across the country to be better prepared for changes in their profession. (Read our summary of findings PDF or TXT.)
Over the next few months, I’ll write additional blog posts that analyze each of the key drivers identified by the Strategic Foresight Initiative community. I invite you to post any comments, thoughts, or suggestions you may have on the nine drivers above and how they may impact emergency management. I look forward to sharing the initiative’s findings in future blog posts.