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FEMA Releases PrepTalk: ‘Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies’

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May 15, 2019
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the final PrepTalk video today from the Sept. 6, 2018 symposium.

The PrepTalk by Dr. Charles “Chick” Macal is entitled, ”Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies.”  In his PrepTalk, Dr. Macal urges emergency managers to apply the principles of systems thinking to their work in preparedness and response.

“We find that what is written down in the plans for organizational decision making is completely different than what actually occurs in the … event of a disaster or emergency,” Dr. Macal said.  “Systems thinking helps to unravel the hidden interdependencies of human behavior, critical infrastructure, and decision-making in today’s complex world.”

Dr. Macal is the Chief Scientist of Argonne National Laboratory’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative, where he leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers developing computational models and simulations for infrastructure interdependency analysis, planning and resilience. His PrepTalk video and additional resources are available at PrepTalks from the April 2019 symposium in Santa Rosa, Calif., will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, National Emergency Management Association, National Homeland Security Consortium and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.



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Last Updated: 
May 15, 2019 - 16:48