Here are some "FAQs" - Frequently Asked Questions and other stuff, about EMINT and the CEMIR.
Well, that is a very loaded question. The answer (or answers) fall along the lines of "Who's asking?" and "Whom are you asking?". At the CEMIR we are not so much into defining what Intelligence is or is not, but how Intelligence impacts Emergency Management (and conversely, how Emergency Management impacts Intelligence). And just as Intelligence is used for National Security concerns (sourced from many different methods or 'INTs', Intelligence - much more than just information or situational awareness - is needed for overall Emergency Management.
Curation is the process of collecting, analyzing, and distributing Intelligence.
In the Intelligence world, this is the production of Intelligence (and Intelligence Analysis). We found a pretty good blog post on the analysis and production phase, from Shawn Riley. And the 'analyzing' link above connects to an OSINT article entitled "Principles of Intelligence Analysis" by Dr. Robert Levine, formerly of the CIA.
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Why Emergency Management Intelligence is needed before, during and after incidents, in the United States - on an all-hazards basis.
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Emergency Management Intelligence (EMI) is the collection, analysis, and sharing of information that can help emergency managers make informed decisions before, during, and after disasters. EMI can come from a variety of sources, including public records, social media, and eyewitness accounts. It can be used to identify potential threats, assess damage, and plan for recovery.
EMI is an important part of emergency management because it can help to reduce the impact of disasters. By understanding what is happening and what is likely to happen, emergency managers can make better decisions about how to allocate resources and how to protect people.
There are a number of different ways to collect EMI. The most common way is through public records, such as police reports and fire department records. Social media can also be a valuable source of EMI, as people often post about their experiences during disasters. Eyewitness accounts can also be helpful, but they should be used with caution, as people's memories can be unreliable.
Once EMI has been collected, it needs to be analyzed. This involves looking for patterns and trends that can help to identify potential threats. For example, if there have been a number of fires in a particular area, this could indicate a problem with electrical wiring.
After EMI has been analyzed, it needs to be shared with the appropriate people. This includes emergency managers, law enforcement, and other government officials. EMI can also be shared with the public, as this can help to reduce panic and improve preparedness.
EMI is an important part of emergency management. By understanding what is happening and what is likely to happen, emergency managers can make better decisions about how to allocate resources and how to protect people.
Emergency management intelligence is the collection, analysis, and sharing of information that can help to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from emergencies. It is essential for effective emergency management, as it provides decision-makers with the information they need to make informed decisions about how to protect people and property.
Emergency management intelligence can come from a variety of sources, including:
It can be collected through a variety of methods, including:
Once collected, emergency management intelligence is analyzed to identify trends, patterns, and potential threats. This information is then shared with decision-makers, who can use it to make informed decisions about how to protect people and property.
Emergency management intelligence is an essential tool for effective emergency management. By providing decision-makers with the information they need to make informed decisions, it can help to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
Here are some examples of how emergency management intelligence can be used:
Emergency management intelligence is a valuable tool that can help to save lives and protect property.
Emergency Management Intelligence (EMI) is the collection, analysis, and sharing of information that can help emergency managers make better decisions. It can come from a variety of sources, including public safety agencies, government departments, and the private sector. EMI can be used to identify potential threats, assess risks, and develop plans for response and recovery.
The importance of EMI has grown in recent years, as the threat of terrorism and other natural disasters has increased. Emergency managers need to have access to timely and accurate information in order to make informed decisions about how to protect their communities. EMI can help them do this by providing them with a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.
There are a number of different ways to collect EMI. Public safety agencies, such as police and fire departments, often have access to information that can be used to assess threats. Government departments, such as the Department of Homeland Security, also collect data that can be used to identify potential threats. The private sector, such as businesses and utilities, can also provide information that can be used to assess risks.
Once EMI has been collected, it needs to be analyzed to identify potential threats and assess risks. This can be done by using a variety of tools and techniques, such as data mining and statistical analysis. The goal is to identify patterns and trends that can be used to predict future events.
Once EMI has been analyzed, it needs to be shared with emergency managers. This can be done through a variety of channels, such as reports, briefings, and dashboards. The goal is to provide emergency managers with the information they need to make informed decisions about how to protect their communities.
EMI is a critical tool for emergency managers. By collecting, analyzing, and sharing information, emergency managers can make better decisions about how to protect their communities.
Why Emergency Managers Need Emergency Management Intelligence - all the time.
And it tends to be
Check out Appendix B of FEMA's 2023 Response and Recovery Interagency Operational Plan
Download a PDF copy of the slides from the June 29, 2023 IAEM-USA R2 Conference presentation of "Introducing the Academic Concept of Emergency Management Intelligence" at our Parliamentarian's page (members only).
U.S. Coast Guard - Intelligence Oversight Manual (OSINT)
Academics and Practitioners need to flow Intelligence through to Emergency Managers
As far as we know, we are the only entity promoting this concept/paradigm shift.
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Yes: we thought the eagle was overdone (and seems to represent more Operations or Command). And our logo is pretty rough-draft, too.
Owls have been a symbol of wisdom - akin to Intelligence. This Great Grey Owl is a hunter-seeker and also has great vision.
We choose purple as a thematic color for Emergency Management Intelligence, since it was not used in the current color-coding for ICS (take a look online at DHS' color palette, or via a search engine at the ICS vests available now - you will see white, black, blue, yellow and red). So purple was available. We call it for EM. Of course, purple is a color with other significance for crises, disasters, etc.
We recommend hex code #54278f, or rgb(84, 39, 143).
"Vigilia Pretium Libertatis" - Vigilance is the price of freedom.
Vigilance seems a good single word to describe why we need EMINT. This is the motto of NATO's SHAPE - https://shape.nato.int/page13417157
We hope they don't mind us borrowing their motto.
There are five gold stars in the center to represent the five areas EMINT is important to: Command, Finance/Admin, Logistics, Operations, and Planning. EMINT should be shared/distributed to all branches and sections as needed - and treated equally and independently by command as any other branch/section.
We like the Latin word "Sapietia" to symbolize wisdom, like the owl.
Did you know a group of owls is called a "parliament"? We didn't, until we looked it up online. Interesting how different groupings of living things have different names in the English language. Could be worse: if we picked crows, then it would be a "murder". Click here for an alternate opinion on terms used for venery, from Audubon magazine. Photo by Taleon Pinheiro on Unsplash.
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