Citizens Helping Officials Respond to Emergencies.
Specifically, the focus is helping officials in Hawaii respond to emergencies such as the one we just had -- the two earthquakes (6.7 and 6.0 on the scale) that struck the islands on Sunday, October 15, 2006.
"Help" is the operable concept. I get the feeling -- based on news coverage of officialdom's emergency response -- that some good old-fashioned idea mongering and suggestions might help improve communications to our population during and after emergencies.
You be the judge after reading this report in The Honolulu Advertiser today, headlined: "Debate begins on delay of news"
My reaction to that story is that our Civil Defense officials, elected government leaders and broadcast media need to communicate more, not less. Comments by officials in this story suggest a mindset to not tell the population too much for fear the messages might be misunderstood.
My thoughts about communications during the massive power outage that followed the quakes are contained in this commentary, also in today's Advertiser, which editorialized in favor of improved news flow over Hawaii's commercial radio stations. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin's editorial called for an independent panel to review the State's earthquake response. The paper's story on the public reaction to the prolonged power outage was headlined "Outage stirs anger"
This blog can be a collection point for citizens' comments and common sense ideas on how they can be served by our media and government officials after natural disasters. The need for such a forum seems real. Remember, this blog is all about helping improve the system, not laying blame. Your comments are invited.More About CHORE
Our Motto: It's a CHORE, but somebody has to do it.Our Mission: To improve communications to the public during and after emergencies in Hawaii by organizing the views of average citizens and submitting their proposals to the appropriate government officials and broadcasters to enhance their performance.Our Objective: To ensure that Hawaii's emergency response officials and broadcasters are performing at peak capabilities and efficiency during and after community-wide emergencies.