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 […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers rule. Tipping the scales at 651 pages there is no doubt it is a federal document. I was thinking what would have happened if my mom gave me a rule 651 pages long….I would still […]
I was rummaging through some old files the other day and I came across my copy of the After Action Report (AAR) for Quakex97. This was a joint local, state and federal medical exercise based on a Cascadia earthquake event. Having just finished up the medical exercise within Cascadia Rising 2016 I thought it would […]
I participated in the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise to help add realism and stress. Not everyone appreciated the challenges and annoyances I caused but there was a method to the madness. My perception of what the west coast will look like after the next Cascadia event is formed through a collection of experiences. Growing up […]
I can’t tell you how many events and exercises I’ve been involved in and when I inquire about their planning efforts I am told “we’re too busy to plan”. The concern that planning takes too much effort or time is actually partially the fault of current ICS training. I’ve experienced and been told plenty of […]
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