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Professionalize crisis management

A logistics process in a turbulent environment

No crisis is the same. Previously, causes of disasters were attributed to nature, technology and people. Deforestation, environmental pollution, fossil extraction, population growth, migration to cities, to the sea and to earthquake-prone areas are human actions, which cause disasters. Yes, we have to prepare for crises, think of what happens: big forest fires, global warming, the rising sea level, the epidemics (SAR and Corona). Every crisis requires an approach that takes into account the environment, the availability of materials and people and the expertise of the emergency services. Disaster scenarios can be prevented through proper control and management, as well as by not relying on unexamined assumptions. Essentially, responding to emergencies is a logistical process where everything has to be right.

OODA loop Kol. J. Boyd

Logistics wisdom

No crisis is the same. "The man is the cause of every disaster". Responding to an emergency situation is the careful execution of a logistics process. Every crisis requires an approach that takes into account the environment, the availability of resources and the ability of the emergency services. I plead for a division into four types of crises as a steppingstone to a thorough approach. The Cynefin model of Lord Snowdon is a particular guideline. Prof. Simon French has the Cynefin model prepared for crisis management. See adjacent >>>

I also advocates the introduction of the Incident Command System allowing clear division of roles emerge for all emergency services involved including municipality and defence. This allows us to reach agreements with one another professionally and we can also work better with emergency services from other countries, because they usually use all of the ICS.

Cynefin model

Knowledge sharing

Sharing information
  • The OODA loop Col. John Boyd is a good battle plan model, see: Observe Orient Decide Act loop;
  • An organization without risk is like a cheese without holes, see: Gouda Cheese model;
  • Powerpointpresentation for a Chinese delegation in 2013: Crisis management in the Netherlands;
  • The depth to which you can go in describing plans, see: Adhocracy vs. Bureaucracy;
  • ISCRAM is a world wide organisation connecting all knowledge institutes, professors, and students information technology professors and students for crisis management and humanitarian aid;
  • TIEMS is a world wide organisation connecting professionals and scientists ic crisis management;

Innovation challenges

Innovation topics
  • Pattern recognition in dealing with incidents from the data of previous incidents;
  • Prediction of possible incidents;
  • (Geo) Information on buildings and areas;
  • Information Sharing (including public - private);
  • Extension of communication with everyone.