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February 25, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Pretty Snow, Ugly Response

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According to a recent Washington Post article, It seems that D.C.’s former “snow czar” thinks the city would have fared much better during the recent severe snow events if they’d been taken more seriously, perhaps with as much respect as a disaster or a security threat.

Ironic and not a little bit disconcerting (or not particularly surprising?) that the home of the nation’s capital apparently not only doesn’t have a trigger-based weather plan but that the cohabitant city and national governments don’t even parallel their planning or response efforts . . . right down to the decision of when to close down respective government buildings.

As we say at ImpactWeather, things rarely go according to plan when extremely severe weather or other types of disasters occur.  And certainly flexibility is the lifeblood of efficacious response.  But creating, constantly refining and then closely following a trigger-based response plan is what drives the effort to get things back to normal as soon as possible.  Always.  Prepare.  Plan.  Respond.  Recover. 



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