Is it just me, or do emergency managers who behave as if they have it all covered freak you out, too?
I am talking about these guys—as indeed they are male—that act as if the volumes of emergency plans they’ve created contain so much wisdom that nothing could possibly go wrong. And they seem absolutely sincere in that belief.
Meanwhile, I often have bad dreams about what happens during an emergency when I can’t scrounge up enough operators to get all our positions covered.
It is easy for me to imagine a really big disaster in my county causing demand to vastly exceed supply. I am also realistic enough to know we cannot possibly be prepared for every eventuality. Just too many things that might happen and if several happen at once, well…
You know about the Scout motto, “Be Prepared”? But, can we ever, really, be truly prepared? I don’t think so. I believe that being as prepared as possible is important, but that a healthy dose of good, old-fashioned, fear of failure helps keep us on our toes.
Being prepared includes the understanding that we never really are. There is always something and over-confidence may be the worst sin of emergency management.
And one last thing: You over-confident types don’t fool the rest of us at all. Where you look in the mirror and see calm professionalism, the rest of us see, well… (See the illustration)