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 […]
When I operated a hospital-based ambulance service decades ago we offered free education to rural and frontier volunteer EMS organizations. The service would house and feed us and we would give them a great weekend of education. We did it because we were fortunate to have the knowledge, skills and abilities and the backing of […]
I am in the process of writing a new book, Healthcare Emergency Incident Management Operations Guide. My goal in writing this book was to provide readers with a straight forward no nonsense reference guide on incident management. It may be used in training, exercises and real events. There should be equal value for the individual […]
On this day in 1972 a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua, killed more than 10,000 people and left 250,000 homeless. With family in Nicaragua now and frequent travels there I am always aware of the potential for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. If fact just recently the country was hit with a trifecta of an […]
It’s been educational for me to look back to see how many events of the past are born anew to a new generation. One day this week an event took place about 206 years ago that will change the United States forever when it next occurs. December 11, 1998 – A Thai Airway’s jetliner crashed into […]
The death toll from a devastating blaze in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to 13 on Friday December 21, 2016. The highest loss of civilian life from a single U.S. wildfire in 13 years. Investigators have determined the so-called Chimney Tops 2 fire, which laid waste to whole neighborhoods […]
In my last post I also looked back at history and was quite surprised during the week watching the news. The consequences of the killer smog event of 50 years ago were replicated when hundreds were sent to the hospital with some deaths in Melbourne after a thunderstorm outbreak of asthma. This got me thinking […]
It seems stories are written about events occurring around the globe like it’s the first time such a thing has happened. Unless multiple like-events happen over a short period of time or the event is of such magnitude it gets our attention we tend to overlook the likelihood of it occurring in our jurisdiction. In […]
It’s been awhile since we have had a hurricane season that actually produced hurricanes. I have pulled up a few posts from previous years that may have some value for my readers. With Hurricane Matthew turning up the eastern seaboard the Governor of Georgia declined to order any mandatory evacuations. They instead deferred to local […]
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Most emergencies and disasters are unexpected; however I think that most of the consequences are predictable and that we need to plan against these known consequences.
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