Who’s Going to Pay for It? Exercising Finance and Administration Functions is Critical
- Since Finance and Admin Staff are often “not like us,” they need more exposure to disaster operations than we do in order for them to be comfortable with the process. It’s just not fair to them, or smart for us, to ignore them during the exercise cycle and expect them to swing into action once we ramp up ICS for “the big one.
- ”If we exercise Planning, Operations, and Logistics Sections without Finance and Admin, and fail to include them in our planning meetings throughout the exercise, then we will fail to take into account their needs. If we don’t take them into account when we exercise, we won’t do it during the real incident, either. Do you remember the first year you filed your tax return as an adult? On the afternoon of April 14, you opened the IRS forms booklet and realized you didn’t have half the receipts you needed to claim deductions that might have saved you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. You promised yourself then that you’d use an envelope to store them for the current year (now 40% complete already). Over the years, you’ve improved your record-keeping process, and even refined your spending patterns, to make the annual tax process easier and less financially painful.
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