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Miscumbubered, or Otherwise Discombobulated

Either one is not good.

Disasters and wars are great places for things to come “unglued.” There is confusion about facts. In wars, units “get lost” on their way to an objective. The wrong targets are hit by artillery, or in disasters the wrong supplies get sent to the wrong place. What is reported to have happened and the location for that happening — never happened!

My word for this is “miscumbubered,” which it turns out is not a word in the English language. Perhaps the better word, since it is a word (but I still like mine) is “discombobulated,” meaning “characterized by confusion or disorder. For example, ‘He was discombobulated, utterly confused as to what had happened.’”

Our planning, training and disaster exercises with others is meant to smooth out the rough edges of a disaster response. I heard someone say that their jurisdiction’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic “was perfect.” When have you ever seen anything in the public or private sector be “perfect?”

Perfection does not exist in disasters or war. Just consider the term “collateral damage” when it comes to errant missile strikes or poor decision-making.

The goal is to minimize the confusion and don’t let the disaster response become miscumbubered or discombobulated!
Disaster Zone by Eric Holdeman is dedicated to sharing information about the world of emergency management and homeland security.