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When Bad Things Happen


When Bad Things Happen

Despite best efforts, unfortunate things happen. The resources below offer thoughts on how to respond. 

Additional suggestions for resources welcome. Contact ILG.


Leadership Strategies in Times of Economic Meltdown

Setting priorities is important, as resources become increasingly tight for California local agencies.  Institute advisor Frank Benest, Ph.D. offers 10 strategies to respond to resource limitations in this article.


A Leader’s Role When Tragedy Strikes

These materials examine the role community leaders play when a crisis occurs. They include Crisis & Emergency Risk Communications by Leader for Leaders, which analyzes the experience of federal, state and local government leaders in responding to a variety of kinds of community crises.

A related piece examines the issue of whether and how local officials should acknowledge responsibility for unfortunate events. 

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