Our Ability to Know It All

Even in our small profession, I don't think it is possible to know everything anymore.

by Eric Holdeman / January 10, 2019

Thirty years ago, I think it might have been possible to have a pretty good understanding of and working knowledge of the profession of emergency management. Much of it, after all, centered on civil defense. Today it is a different story. There is just too much to know. That is without taking on the topic of technology in emergency management.

There have been lots of times in the last 12 months that I've used this quote, which could be mine, "The only thing worse than someone who knows nothing, is someone who thinks they know everything." I've had plenty of conversations with self-ordained experts in emergency management.

Which brings me to this series of statements by President Trump about his level of expertise in a wide range of subject matters. I've never heard him say disasters or emergency management, but I suppose it could still happen. Read 19 things Donald Trump knows better than anyone else, according to Donald Trump.

The above link is from 2016, so there are another 27 months of statements about expertise. Would you buy a used car from President Trump?

Lastly, we need a team of experts we can draw on as emergency managers. Be sure to be on the lookout for people you can draw on for expertise when the moment arrives and you need their knowledge.