Boulder, Colorado Septemeber 17, 2013 -- After conducting the seach of the home FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) NE-TF1tages the home witht he resulting information.  Photo: Michael Rieger/FEMA

How to Mark a Building After its Been Searched?

“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

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Storm Siren? What Siren? Public Alerting 101

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


Flying High … Learning from Space Shuttle Disaster Tragedy

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

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3 Steps to Survive a Disaster of Any Kind

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


Hello Meteor Strike? Meet our 4 step Business Continuity Plan

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

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How to be Better … Self-Improvement Done Right

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

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“It’ll Work Out” Plus 4 Other Lies People Tell

“It’ll Work Out!” Have you worked with or for folks that like to use that saying?  I have too … and in nearly every case it means this:  “someone else will actually do the work while I say it’ll work out … and I’ll be proven right, again“. Here’s the truth folks, it NEVER ‘just works out’. …Read More


SMART Goals are Dumb – 4 Ways to Actually Get Things Done

The pendulum has swung too far again.  Increasingly, organizations that are needing a healthy dose of ‘Get ‘er Done” are instead being sold and spoon fed an anemic, off-the-shelf elixir of S.M.A.R.T. goals instead.  And the patient (company) stays sick or dies from being malnourished. Let’s review the intent behind SMART goals:   On the surface the …Read More