A Systems Approach to Managing Emergencies (The Four Ms)

This blog (managingemergencies) attempts to highlight the need for a systems approach to managing emergencies and disasters.  Men (women), material, money and minutes (time) must be organized to get the outcomes you want when disasters and emergencies strike.  Men/Women must understand the risks and hazards that they, their communities and organization’s are exposed to. The right material resources must be bought to bear at the right time, in the right place in the right quantities to address the needs that arise.  Sufficient money must be introduced throughout the emergency life cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) and the timing must be right. For example hurricanes challenge all the elements of our management system because of the size and the duration of the event. Because we cannot mitigate or stop hurricanes we must focus on all of the phases of these events. Devoting the minutes (time) to proper planning and preparedness protocols can reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies if they can’t be prevented.

To gain the benefits of this blog (managingemergencies) take time to look at a few of the articles to gain an understanding of the systems approach.  My website Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants ( http://www.ejones224.moonfruit.com) also covers a great deal of the emergency life cycle outlining the principle of the emergency management systems approach. Hurricane Sandy and others like it remind us of the power and forces of nature and yet we can endure be prepared if we take the necessary steps. The four Ms do not only apply to government operations but also to household preparedness.

The systems approach combines business continuity (preparedness and recovery planning), business area analysis which includes strategic planning and organizational learning (communications/environmental sensing), hazard and risk analysis and a process to combine the information gained from all the aforementioned processes.

If you would like to see certain topics covered on managingemergencies place a comment on this post.  I would be happy to respond to you. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees checkout my website http://www.ejones224.moonfruit.com/ and contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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