Organizational Learning: Observations from the Shadow of the Fires
| David Hoopes |
A few Mondays [more than a few now] ago the T.V. got turned on pretty early and we found a host of officials discussing a couple of very large fast-moving fires. Someone in charge of emergencies spoke. The sheriff spoke, the fire chief, and more. Winds were blowing above 40 miles per hour and fires were spreading . . . like wildfire! My wife and I started gathering important papers (my ES-137) and other things in case we needed to make a run for it.
We did have to evacuate. However, our house was fine except for some minor wind damage.
What amazed many in the San Diego area was how well local media, emergency institutions, the private sector, and the public coordinated. The news media were very helpful (wow!), fire fighters, sheriff’s office, and other such crews were clear about how people could help them (get out of the way), and local grocery stores delivered lots of food and other supplies to shelters.
It seems there was quite a bit of learning from the many problems that occurred in a previous fire (2003).