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Subject: RE: [emergency] Initial Focus for the TC

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To all,
Rick is completely correct in the very real need to reuse existing standards to the greatest extent possible.  There are political as well as practical reasons. So we must document our consideration of those standards in our deliberations as well.
All I am saying is that we need to be sure we follow an approach something like, "Here are are needs.  What existing standards exist? How do we best use them to meet our needs?"
as opposed to "Here are the existing standards. How can we manipulate our needs to fit them?"   I am sure that we all want to follow the first approach.  The problem is that the second approach is very easy to fall into if we do not keep an appropriate focus on functional requirements of the Prepare, Mitigate, Respond, Recover life cycle. 
Gary Ham 
-----Original Message-----
From: RCarlton@eteam.com [mailto:RCarlton@eteam.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 8:49 PM
To: Ham, Gary A
Cc: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [emergency] Initial Focus for the TC

Hi Gary,
Thanks for the good points. Allen and I are intensely aware of the cross-functional requirements of a potential EM standard and are committed to insuring that ALL functional sub-sets are appropriately considered. With that in mind, I remind you of our action mandate to research and present leveragable XML work at all levels for initial review at our next meeting. Accomplishing this as an actively collaborative group will insure that the goal of "covering all the bases" will, indeed, be well met.
Rick Carlton
Vice Chair - EM-TC     
-----"Ham, Gary A" <hamg@BATTELLE.ORG> wrote: -----

To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
From: "Ham, Gary A" <hamg@BATTELLE.ORG>
Date: 02/13/2003 12:02PM
Subject: [emergency] Initial Focus for the TC

I am not sure that the minutes of our meeting do justice to the point I was trying to make.  I was not asking just whether fire was included.  I was suggesting that the committee must not lose sight to the full Emergency Management life cycle of Prevent, Mitigate, Respond and Recover across multiple disciplines (police, fire, healthcare, electrical and other infrastructure, etc.) .While it is important to look at various standards in place, it is just as important to look at functional needs for information exchange between the multiple disciplines that make up the Emergency Response Community and particularly the cross-discipline exchange requirements. Many of the current standards originated in single discipline information silos. Emergency response in a cross-discipline environment may be able to reuse some of these standards but we must be careful to recognize the full breadth of the requirements that exist, even as we choose a narrower scope for initial implementation.  We need to be careful that, in adopting existing standards, we do not reinforce the separate silo of information approach that plagues many of our current systems.

Gary Ham

"You would be surprised what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit."  - Harry S. Truman

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