A few weeks back, I wrote about Walter Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Ala., when he was featured in this New York Times story talking about his thoughts just after the devastating tornado struck his town. In this video, the Mayor spends a few minutes with us discussing how training contributed to a more coordinated response at the local level by following Incident Command (IC) principles.
Here’s one particular quote from the Mayor that shows the value of training:
If we wouldn’t have gone through this training, it would have been a disjointed effort…we would have had [the police department] doing their own thing, fire and rescue doing their own thing, and environmental services doing their own thing.
As this story shows, emergency management training isn’t just for police and firefighters. FEMA provides many training resources that can benefit state, tribal and local leaders, members of a volunteer organizations, faith-based and private sector leaders, and even the public at large. More information on these training programs and courses can be found at www.training.fema.gov.