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The sharing of lessons learned contained in the above articles has the potential to assist others in their emergency planning efforts. Would there be value in setting up a national database to capture lessons learned and make them more readily available to emergency management managers, advisory committees, other disciplines, as well as planning, response and recovery organizations? Why?

Jeannie Thompson, R.N.: "Katrina's aftermath: How our disaster plan was tested"
Katrina's Aftermath

FEMA - Harris County, Texas Citizen Corps' Response to Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned

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Certainly such a database would be an invaluable resource. Projects often fail because of problems that have been previously encountered. Such a resource would need to be kept up to date, and managers would need to be informed of its existence. To be truly useful, managers should be required to consult it whenever any new project is undertaken.

While people are capable of creative thought and often foresee difficulties, there is no ...

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Need for databased of lessons learned from national disasters.