I found this item in a Disaster-Resource.com email:
Dr. Wayne Blanchard, of FEMA's Emergency Management Higher Education Project, convened a working group of emergency management practitioners and academics to consider principles of emergency management. This project was prompted by the realization that while numerous books, articles and papers referred to "principles of emergency management", nowhere in the vast array of literature on the subject was there an agreed upon definition of what these principles were. The group agreed on eight principles that will be used to guide the development of a doctrine of emergency management.
Check out the Eight Emergency Management Principles
and see if you agree with them. They are pretty "Mom and Apple Pie" to me.