This week’s blog post is going to focus on the Whole Community approach to emergency management. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Whole Community concept is a means by which many different stakeholders can collectively understand and assess the needs of their respective communities and determine the best ways to organize and strengthen their assets, capacities, and interests.
The Whole Community concept stakeholders includes:
- Individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs
- Faith-based and community organizations
- Nonprofit groups
- Schools and academia
- Media outlets
All levels of government, including state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal partners
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone — not just the government — in preparedness efforts. By working together, everyone can help keep the nation safe from harm and help keep it resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.
Benefits of a successful Whole Community approach include:
- A shared understanding of community needs and capabilities
- Greater empowerment and integration of resources from across the community
- Stronger social infrastructure
- Establishment of relationships that facilitate more effective prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities
- Increased individual and collective preparedness
- Greater resiliency at both the community and national levels
Therefore, it is important for all stakeholders to communicate and work together in order to make the Whole Community approach to emergency management a success!