Emergency Management Blogger

Friday, May 26, 2006

San Francisco EM Program Under Scrutiny

The City of San Francisco Office of Emergency Services (OES) Director and the program are under severe scrutiny in that the OES Director was appointed in July 2004 with no field experience and no previous background in emergency management. Previous calls for OES Director's resignation have been rejected.

Is the SF Top Disaster Official Qualified? http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=i_team&id=3443994

This begs the question - what should be the minimum requirements for filling emergency managment positions? Is it acceptable to appoint non-emergency managers to lead positions in emergency management organizations? In light of the Michael D. Brown issue, would you feel comfortable knowing your local emergency program is being run by someone who may have no previous experience or is a political appointee?

That is the debate.

Audit of San Francisco's Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security critical of city's plan...

Management Audit of the Office of Emergency Services

http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/budanalyst/Reports/OES/OES_Mgt_Audit.pdf

Putting the best face on an audit critical of the Emergency Operations Plan (found here:)

http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/oes/EOP_final_01112005.pdf )

The City of San Francisco's mayor, Gavin Newson, says he plans to use the audit to guide the city in its final revision. The audit addressed thirteen areas of the plan to include preparedness, response, communications and coordination, pre-disaster mitigation, pre-disaster recovery planning as well as others. The mayor issued an executive order to implement nineteen of the audit recommendations and expressed confidence in the OES Director. Included in the audit is the OES Director response where it is noted that criticism such as slow expenditure of federal grant monies is not just particular to San Francisco.

The Robert Brigham Blog offers its view of the situation:

http://robertbrigham.blogspot.com/2006_05_16_robertbrigham_archive.html

Other Views:

All Hands.Net

http://www.all-hands.net/PrintArticle2222.html

http://dewar.journalspace.com/?cmd=displaycomments&dcid=310&entryid=310

http://www.gregdewar.com/2005/09/yet_more_investigations_into_t.html