In one of my normal reads I came across some interesting thoughts from someone who is involved in (for lack of a better phrase) the emergency management industry. Note that I paraphrased his two key points.
Wrong Catastrophic Disaster Assumptions
Eric Holdeman, Emergency Management Blog, 18 September 2012
- [The assumption that elected or appointed officials will take the appropriate course of action].
- [The assumption that all emergency workers will be available to allocate to various missions. The workers themselves will often be caught up in the disaster].
He makes some other points, but to my mind they are not particularly on topic.
What I find slightly amusing is that both of his points are almost the normal assumption in most apocalypse-in-progress type stories. Maybe he should read a little fiction and get some ideas.