Disaster Zone TV: Analyzing Disaster Response

A far cry from declaring victory after an event or an exercise.

by Eric Holdeman / March 12, 2019

After just about every event and exercise (you are mandated to do one for exercises funded by the Department of Homeland Security) there is a debrief — many times called a hotwash and then an after-action report and lessons-learned report (which I think is mostly "lessons observed" since we are poor learners). 

It is rare to have a researcher come in and dissect and event or exercise. This is exactly what Professor Hans Scholl has done with the Oso mudslide from five years ago and then more recently a published work on Cascadia Rising Earthquake Exercise, which I blogged on a few weeks ago.

Now I have a Disaster Zone TV Show: Analyzing Disaster Response to share with you. In it, Professor Scholl shares his methodologies to get at "what really happened." I think he was the only person who has nailed the Oso mudslide since it was a very complicated disaster response with many moving parts and multiple command posts and Emergency Operation Centers in operation over an extended period. 

Researchers don't have elected officials to please and they don't have to worry about where the facts take them. I think you will find the program enlightening.