Many professions are steeped in tradition, including those in emergency preparedness and response
organizations. In these well-established environments, when asked to make a change to traditional
practices, the response is sometimes simply, “No, this is how we’ve always done it.” Such thinking can
leave communities underprepared for new, emerging, or evolving threats. What worked well 5, 10, or 20
years ago may have lost its effectiveness as times and conditions have changed or there may simply be
more options available that have not been considered because of tradition.