Unit management help and ideas are the most consistent need as indicated by the responses from bulletins on administration, management, organization and plans. Therefore the bulletins address ideas, aids, suggestions and offer encouragement in management as well as creating, establishing and operating a unit. They also cover aspects of the human mind since the way that a person thinks affects everything they do, like the EOC manager who thinks he/she doesn't need an Emcomm unit. There are ways to reach that person, albeit it takes time.
Few management and people aspects are Emergency Communications specific. For instance a portion of bulletin 219 read: "when you unconditionally accept someone just the way they are, that acceptance gives them the space to change...... ..... and ..... change they will."
That's something some people don't want to hear. Others will resist that idea until their death; while for others it will not make any sense. Yet, it is true and when a person has the time to think it through and actually test and apply it, the evidence is there and convincing. That is a basic principal that applies to Emcomm unit managers and participants as well as to people in general. It isn't emergency communications relevant on the surface, yet it directly affects every unit and every person. But it takes willingness and an effort to discover how it affects a unit and its paraticipants.
This is how we recommend the Emcomm bulletins be used. Consider then to be primarily for COORDINATORS or MANAGERS; meaning the paid staff of the agency and the unit volunteer leaders. Then
- make sure the bulletins physically get into the hands of those coordinators and officers.
- develop a process where by the coordinator and senior officer(s) discuss bulletin content or ideas.
- ascertain that within unit leadership there is a real effort to test, apply or discard them, or use them to create something better in your own unit.
- come up with your own ideas and suggestions and send those appropriate to us for inclusion in the bulletins so many others can share in what you've learned.
It helps when you let us know of your results with any of the bulletins.