Memo to DomPrep readers:
On December 31, 2019, I published another end-of-the year message. This one was different. I worry that many federal agencies created to prepare and respond to man-made and natural disasters have returned to pre-9/11 status. Too many important positions are filled by acting personnel or are vacant. Discontent is on the rise and retention is low. That is why my message was negative and critical.
Mr. James M. Rush, Sr. replied. Jim has over 45 years of healthcare administration and community emergency management experience in the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. public-health community, and the nation’s civilian healthcare industry. Having served as the Region III project officer for the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program, and the CDC’s National Pharmaceutical Stockpile, he is always dedicated to assisting healthcare and public health organizations prepare for “all hazards” events and incidents. He has written for DomPrep and his articles are always spot on.
His letter moved me. He provided logical and reasonable explanations and solutions to my concerns. As a follow on to his points, we asked DomPrep’s readers to answer a flash poll and provide comment on the role that federal agencies should play in a disaster. We received a good response, with over 100 professionals taking the time to provide insightful feedback.
This report includes (1) my end of year message, (2) Jim’s reply, and (3) flash poll responses, and comment from DomPrep readers and friends, without analysis. Many of the responses are disturbing.
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Martin (Marty) Masiuk