It’s a challenge to know where to devote planning, training and exercise time with so many competing demands, agendas and requirements. Consider this – people will fall back on two things when under stress – training and experience. If your staff don’t regularly get experience in these two subjects training becomes critical as life safety […]
I fly quite a bit. Enough on Delta that I can pretty much recite their safety briefing. But I still put down my paper, take my ear buds out or stop staring at my smart device while they do their jobs. I may not learn anything new, but it shows respect. In addition that brief […]
With the current smart devices most of us carry there is rarely a task we can’t do on our phone that used to be reserved for our laptops. Agreed, I would rather write on my computer, but for essential tasks in times of power outages such as staying connected and informed, hard to beat your […]
I’ve been involved in planning for a Cascadia earthquake/tsunami event and a New Madrid earthquake event so I know what a catastrophe will look like. I have not been involved with planning for San Andreas but I regretfully saw the movie. Both the Cascadia and New Madrid will require a national and potentially international response […]
As I’m writing this, Texas is still in an active emergency response mode so many answers are months away from discovery but I think one thing needs to be stated. I don’t think the Emergency Management personnel in Houston were wrong in not ordering an evacuation early in Hurricane Harvey’s appearance. The reason I wanted […]
I once thought that a disturbed ants nest was a great example of high entropy. It’s not. Don’t believe me? Go kick a fire ant nest and stand there. A wave of ants emerges to search and destroy the disruption; another gathers up young and critical supplies; some protect the hierarchy. Almost immediately, workers set […]
Ask this question of most public safety personnel and they will respond “my safety is most important, because if I am injured or killed, I can’t do anyone any good”, or “my safety is most important since I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem”. I suggest while either answer […]
I like many of my readers enjoy when television gives us a whole week of nothing but sensationalized and awesome footage of sharks doing what sharks do. I’m waiting for the week dedicated to bees, wasps and snakes since they are responsible for far more deaths each year in the U.S. than sharks. I know, […]
I was tasked to develop a ground truth appreciation presentation for this year’s Pathfinder Minutemen 2017 Cascadia exercise in Oregon. We’re anticipating 10-12 Medical Rapid Response Teams (120-144 medical personnel) to participate. Civilian and military, they will be coming from several states. In addition, there will be local and state agencies involved and exercise play at […]
Your Community Manager will need to develop a social media crisis management plan in advance, with the full participation of everyone in the agency. Communication Points to Consider 1. Listen and Be Present In the digital age, not listening to conversations or having presence on social communities can reflect badly on your image. Even responding […]
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