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For Emergency Management (EM)


Planning EM related tasks involves using digital resources in the form of data. As always the speed of implementation is critical. But unlike in other areas of resource management, faster delivery of new data is of marginal importance.

You go to the emergency with the digital resources you have.

While there are many things which can go wrong with a Strategic Plan, missing data is preventable. The StratML Part 2 (ANSI/AIIM 22:2011) Specification for Performance Plans and Reports is itself an XML file. This provides and end-to-end chain of "custody", availability and connectivity, for data in plan drills, and is crutial when events causing a plan to be activated give little or no warning. Obviously the specification would be very difficult to maintain as one document. Fortunately, StratML inherits a fixed procedure for orderly extension. There are several other such inheritances detailed below.

Three Strategic Lessons

XML Strategic Design Issues

Data has no natural requirement for network or Internet connectivity. You are probably reading page on the web; this might not be "obvious" -- It is not. The obvious is not necessarily dangerous or detrimental, but the operative word here is "necessarily". Because ... (and this should be obvious too) ...

There are always two classes of Stakeholders: 1) Plan Administrator-Performers who mitigate long-term risk with multiple sources, and, 2) Plan Responder-Performers, working in comparatively small teams, who mitigate short term risk with team cross-training.

The challenge for any Strategic Plan or Performance Plan is to use the more correct risk mitigation tool. Viewed as rigid ideologies, both tools apparently lead to fictional Command & Control dystopias. Put another way, (the other guy has) Command & Control (!!!). The single point of failure here is groupthink. Learn to recognize the not so obvious permutations of groupthink. What we know for certain is that a mixture of (what everyone thinks + what everyone knows) is a dangerous path to be on.

For interoperability of data processing with XML, the following procedures can be distinct (separable), non-invasive (to system format) and timeless:

XML Technology provides a vocabulary to debate the systemic issues of data delivery.