I was a member of a national incident management team in the Operations Section for six years. We handled a wide range of disasters in a large area of the country. One of the most frustrating and limiting issues we faced in the Operations Section was “maps.” Yes, maps. Or rather, the lack thereof.
We would arrive in an area for a new assignment and most of us wouldn’t know much about the region, especially how to get around from a transportation perspective. We would ask for road maps and we would get blank stares in return. They knew their way around so they expected the same from us. It got so bad that one of the first things I would do is go to a gas station and buy a county road map with my own money.
Then one day my long-haul truck driving…
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