Friday, February 19, 2016

Situation Awareness. Michigan and Flint needing a systems approach.


Upon review of information in the State of Michigan the issue of the Flint Water Crisis is not just a water security issue, but may be one item that escaped the ‘closed’ system and culture of Michigan of issues that may be within each of the critical infrastructure sectors from the State and County Level, to individual cities within Michigan.

Keep in mind to address the Flint Water Crisis a systems approach shall have to be considered not just for water security but each of the critical infrastructure sectors for full recovery of the city for true resiliency building.

One factor stood out for the State.  Emergency management planning has EM under the span-of-control of the Michigan State Police and Law Enforcement.  Interesting fact.


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(Report No. 16-38-D)

Oakwood Healthcare System, Dearborn, Michigan, Needed Additional Assistance in Managing its FEMA Public Assistance Grant Funding

Oakwood Healthcare System, Inc. (Hospital), in Dearborn, Michigan, received a gross award of $15.2 million from the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (Michigan), a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grantee, for damages resulting from severe storms and flooding in August 2014.
The Hospital did not always account for and expend FEMA grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. Although the Hospital competitively awarded contracts for most non-exigent work, it did not always take the required affirmative steps to ensure the use of small and minority firms, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms when possible; and did not include all required contract provisions in its contracts. However, we did not question the costs because insurance proceeds covered essentially all the repair costs except for the insurance deductible. We also found that the Hospital did not initially account for labor costs...Read Full Report

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