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Healthcare: Disaster Management

The director of the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), David Paulison, is one of the most notable leaders in one of the most devastating disasters in the United States, Hurricane Katrina (Fretty, 2007). Despite being a relatively new leader he exhibited great leadership skills; his key strength was excellent coordination skills during the event, despite the weakness of not having experience in such a devastating event before. Bradt (2011) observes that a great leader is that who can achieve great results despite some weaknesses that he may possess. Through Paulison’s actions, the emergency response to the event was largely successful.Healthcare: Disaster Management

Project management is of great value in disaster management as it provides the basis for the application of knowledge, methods, processes, experience, and skills to achieve the objectives in a particular disaster management event (Haddow, 2010). It is no doubt that any disaster has complexities; project management is valuable in navigating through these complexities by providing terms of outputs and benefits that enable all stakeholders to work together towards overcoming the complexities (Anderson, Compton and Mason, 2004). Scheduling and timescales is one of the project management tools that can be instrumental in the navigation of complexities in the disaster management event; it assists in assigning specific roles to actors and in setting the timelines for accomplishment of certain tasks.

SWOT analysis is defined as the study undertaken by an institution or organization in identifying its internal strengths, weakness, and identifying possible opportunities and threats largely from external forces (Renaud, 2012). It is an important tool for disaster management. Particularly, it is essential in coordination with project management. Coppola (2011) observes that an effectively conducted SWOT analysis combined with project management tools can be useful in helping the stakeholders in a disaster event to focus their strengths, reduce their weaknesses, take maximum possible advantage of identified opportunities, and neutralize most, if not all, of the identified threats.Healthcare: Disaster Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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