People with political savvy make decisions that:

People with political savvy make decisions that take into account safety, economic concerns, environmental concerns, political concerns, progress of work assignments, and problems completing tasks.

As per the FEMA training material, “Make sound and timely decisions” and “Maintain situation awareness in order to anticipate needed actions” which includes evaluating safety, economic, environmental, political concerns, and more. This multidimensional decision-making approach is crucial in the Incident Command System (ICS), where leaders are required to manage complex emergency situations with an understanding of the broader implications of their decisions.

From the perspective of other personnel in emergency management, political savvy is highly valued as it enhances the capability to navigate the intricacies of inter-agency and governmental relationships during crises.


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