Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Look, I’ll be honest. I can’t say this is really the beginning, I’m not even sure this is the end of the beginning. It might even be the beginning of the end. I just know that I’m somewhere along the journey, and I’d kind of like you to join me!
I’ve been involved with emergency management and emergency response in some way for over a decade now, and it’s time for me to stop hoarding knowledge and start sharing it. I don’t know everything. In fact there’s a lot that I have no idea or understanding about, and there are a lot of people who are much smarter and have spent much more time trying to figure this stuff out than I have.
What I do know is that information silos are killing us. While sometimes there is a legitimate reason for information silos (proprietary information and classified information are just two of them), most of the time it is this lack of information sharing that is killing us. When you read an after action report from an exercise or a disaster, the same themes keep coming up time and time again. We keep making the same mistakes, even when we share the mistakes we made.
I’m not going to spill any deep, dark secrets. I’m not going to share sources of information that shouldn’t be widely shared. What I am going to do is to share the information and knowledge that is accessible to everyone, and maybe help you make sense of it. Care to join me?