Perhaps we’ve all chanted the ‘mantra of the enlightened’: What do we want? “Work + Life Balance!” When do we want it? “Now!” Not any more though. Not for me. To be fair, I have a decent work + life balance already, by most definitions anyway. Exhibit A: When I’m not gallivanting around the US of …Read More about Why I’m No Longer “Seeking Balance …”
Drones (UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and drone programs are a thing these days. And despite some detractors, they are – and should be – here to stay. Through their human pilot operators … they’ve found impressive relevance in home inspections, disaster scene size-up and search and rescue for the lost and missing. But like most public technology, …Read More about Pendulums and Your Successful Drone Program
Have heard this story about “Bill”? It goes like this … (and keep reading for your free offer): Bill needs to clean his garage so his wife can park her new car inside before the summer heat arrives. Bill decides that before the end of Memorial Day weekend he’ll donate old items, put away his tools and …Read More about The 4 Parts to a Successful Mission Pre-Plan
Learn the basics of the Incident Command System (ICS) in cartoon form?
Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess! ~Charles Dickens Like people, most organizations have a soul, one that manifests in how they treat their customers, their employees and their view of the world. Looking closer, the more impressive organizations have a stack of virtues that they embrace, enhance and promote. While perfection evades …Read More about Virtue or Vice?
New Orleans, LA (2005) – While searching for survivors and evacuees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, my USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) team and I came upon a healthcare facility during our efforts. The staff members that remained were slouched over on the front steps, clearly downtrodden. The water had mostly receded where they were but …Read More about The 7 Steps You Must Take Before Evacuating a Healthcare Facility
“No man can command more than 5 distinct bodies in the same theater of war.” Napoleon I (1815) And so began our oft-repeated dictate on how many subordinates one supervisor can have. If you’ve taken a FEMA course on how to manage an emergency response, you’ve heard this chant ad nauseam about span of control: …Read More about Why Your Definition of Span of Control is Wrong (and How to Fix It)
“Rescue 4 on scene and has command ….” An EF3 tornado has ripped through your community and has done wide-spread damage … but you don’t know how wide-spread or how much damage. What next? As alumni from my RECON classes know, appropriately answering How BIG and How BAD is job #1. If you haven’t attended …Read More about How to Mark a Building After its Been Searched?
When lives and time matter, how do we know which building, street or neighborhood to search first for survivors after a disaster? How do we know how big the disaster is … and how bad it is? What data is most needed to drive our operational objectives? Proper reconnaissance (Recon) builds the skills needed to …Read More about How, When & Where to Perform Disaster Recon
This time of year, many communities are on the receiving end of some, you know, typical nasty weather. Among the myriad of ways people are notified of dangerous weather, the most ever-present is the outdoor warning siren, or storm siren. And one of the persistent myths about this tool is the belief that it will …Read More about Storm Siren? What Siren? Public Alerting 101
FBI agent: “Which direction are those huge hog prints headed?” Me: “Looks like we are headed to the same place they are, did you bring your bullet?” (trying to channel Andy Griffin speaking to Barney Fife instead of expressing my growing safety concern). FBI Agent: (After evaluating my 2″ diameter oak branch I selected to …Read More about Flying High … Learning from Space Shuttle Disaster Tragedy
When the brown stuff hits the oscillating device … there’s plenty to do. Start here and you will not only survive a disaster but you’ll emerge on the other side a little more sane. Stay calm and take 5 deep breaths. Breathing promotes thinking … thinking promotes better choices. Imagine what could happen so you won’t …Read More about 3 Steps to Survive a Disaster of Any Kind
Does your business continuity plan address your organization being hit by a 10 ton meteorite travelling at 33,000 miles per hour? Relax, no one else’s does either. Here’s the story: Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk Russia injures hundreds – Over 500 people hurt as aftershock damages buildings and jammed mobile networks spread panic. Amazing video is included. What a meshugas! I …Read More about Hello Meteor Strike? Meet our 4 step Business Continuity Plan
Each morning that I’m in town I spend precious time with my elementary aged son during the daily processional known as “getting ready for school”. And to be sure, it is not a perfect process. Some days are over run with a struggle to get out of bed, to eat a healthy breakfast, to have …Read More about Beware of the Shiny Toy; Why Your Strategy Stinks
Well done is better than well said. ~ Benjamin Franklin The prospect of being better through self-improvement at something is easy to say. Actually being better at something though is part art and part science. Let’s review a little adult learning theory. Andragogy is a concept popularized by Malcolm Knowles in his 1970 book, The Modern …Read More about How to be Better … Self-Improvement Done Right