A multi-agency/discipline group called the National Homeland Security Consortium has released a white paper – Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Priorities for 2012 and Beyond. The paper highlights eight areas of concern requiring a national focus.
Sidebar – The entity called the National HOMELAND SECURITY Consortium has assembled a document that is clearly meant for the EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT community (a concept much broader and far-reaching than homeland security). I really wish they would get this straightened out… and now back to your regularly scheduled blog…
The eight areas are as follows:
- Cyber Hazards
- Climate Change
- Demands on Global Resources
- Changing Demographics
- Emerging Technologies
- Violent Extremist Ideologies
- WMD Proliferation
- Mega-Hazards and Catastrophic Cascading Consequences
The Consortium has recognized and stresses in their white paper the hazard that is larger than any of these individually, and that is the potential for any of these hazards to interact or influence each other – an observation and warning that I feel is long overdue. They are also not encouraging us to lose focus on the more immediate hazards we may have at hand, but are encouraging stakeholders and relevant parties to give some attention to these emerging hazards and consider how we will prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from their impacts.
I won’t comment on each of these items now, but reserve the right to do so in the near future. I do, however, leave you with this… consider what impacts these hazards may have on you.