Institutionalizing emergencies

Government Technology’s Emergency Management magazine is a quarterly publication of e.Republic, Inc. Emergency Management is a high-quality, full-color publication with very few, yet very specific ads. It is provided free of charge to legislators and government agencies.

The magazine discusses whose who in disaster preparedness, the state of disaster preparedness and lessons learned from previous disasters such as Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami—two years later. The editors praise emergency responders and government agencies for their selfless dedication to minimizing human suffering as best they can under the following circumstances: Our level of preparedness is shamefully low and that we must become obsessed with preparedness and frighten people into supporting government spending money so it can be prepared for anything.

The editors emphasize that an emergency of any size would quickly exhaust response resources. The list of emergencies for which we are woefully unprepared includes natural disasters, chemical and biological attacks and disease pandemics. The editors explore the intricacies of managing the full gamut of potentialities—including how hospitals, prisons and schools should be developing preparedness plans.

Preparedness management is part of the propaganda process to institutionalize emergencies and emergency management. The magazine also instructs emergency managers on how to keep emergency preparedness in the news so the general public will maintain a constant level of emergency awareness. We believe that is intended to keep people concerned about potential emergencies so they approve government preparedness planning expenditures. The desired effect is to make the masses feel powerless to help themselves and each other in an emergency—all to increase the likelihood they will accept martial government authority when it descends on a community to mismanage some real or manufactured disaster with police state tactics.

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