I believe in "confluence" of disasters.
If a natural or other disaster is not enough, how about responding and recovering from one during a pandemic!
It really sounds like one of those gotcha type of scenarios that you might encounter at a four-day IEMC (Integrated Emergency Management Course) put on by FEMA. Just when you think you are getting ahead of the disaster curve, the controllers inject a pandemic on top of the earthquake or hurricane you are dealing with. Well, welcome to 2020, and it is not FEMA, but Mother Nature, climate change and a failure to mitigate potential damages that is going to be nipping at our ankles for the rest of 2020 and into 2021.
See FEMA's new COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. I don't know why they used hurricane in the title -- maybe because it is almost hurricane season and it would get more attention. You only need to look at Michigan this past week and the flooding that they are experiencing to see that guidance like this should fit an all-hazards approach.
In the purpose statement, they highlight this fact: "While much of the SLTT [State, Local, Tribal and Territorial governments] considerations and planning guidance is specific to the public sector, NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] and the private sector can utilize these factors for planning and preparedness. This document can be used to gain a better understanding of governmental posture, planning, and readiness efforts and how NGOs and the private sector play critical roles in response and recovery operations."
What might be different? Here is some language in the plan on remote operations for logistics:
To support virtual deployments and remote disaster operations, FEMA is planning to:
As I wrote earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, I believe in "confluence" of disasters. They seem to come in bunches and don't think you will be hurricane-, flood-, earthquake- or tornado-free for the next 24 months.
You need to look at your own plans and procedures to see what might need to be modified, say for example: shelter operations!
Pete Gaynor shared the new guidance link with us.