Emergency management is everything to everybody, but it often lacks the glue that is so desperately
needed to manage catastrophic events. This is likely the result of two common pitfalls that the
profession has long suffered from, pitfalls that can begin as soon as one walks out of the meeting or
training room door: apathy and atrophy. Apathy can be defined as a lack of interest, passion,
excitement, or concern. When not effectively addressed, apathy can then lead to atrophy, a long gradual
decline in effectiveness. Such weakening is caused by underuse of key knowledge, skills, and abilities.