Disaster Response

re·sponse (rəˈspäns) noun; a reaction to something.

Of course you don’t need me to read a dictionary to you for you to know what “response” means.  Especially disaster response.

I share this simple definition as a reminder and an acknowledgment that whether you serve part time on a business continuity team, full time as a firefighter or anywhere in between … you are a responder.

It’s why during a crisis … ‘they’ go that way … and we go this way.  Towards the incident.

As I tell my students … if it weren’t for people like them (victims and non-participants of all kinds of disasters) … then there wouldn’t be people like us.

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How Leaders Quickly & Effectively Improve 2-way Communication

Are you a responder who wants to transform from a good communicator to a great communicator? Great response leaders are defined by several traits … with “great communicator” being near the top of the list. True … but communicating information is also a 2-way street. The listener must also reply in a comprehensive way for […]

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Building Trust By Doing 1 Simple Thing

Having someone’s trust is kind of like having a winning lottery ticket … either you have it, or you don’t. Here’s a simple jump start to building trust, especially when you’re new to the team: Win! Yep, find a few simple and quantifiable problems that are currently impacting your team and solve it. Example: Stopping […]

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Unfortunately, interoperability is a myth

Interoperability? The concept refers to disparate systems working together, sharing information, etc. Except that it’s all a myth. Like the Sasquatch, healthy Girl Scout cookies and honest politicians. Pure fiction. There’s even standing government committee’s that have been pursuing this fictional condition for years (and lots of our money spent!)! EXAMPLE: In November 2016 there […]

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How to Improve Responder Safety Margins

If you’re a responder, you’ve likely been on the receiving end of a fair amount of bludgeoning by Safety briefings, Safety Power Points, Safety reminders, etc. by the double-gloved hand of the Safety Nazi. Of course, we understand the importance of not getting ourselves hurt. In a disaster, it adds another victim to an already sizable […]

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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 a story that grabbed my attention: Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk Russia injures hundreds – Over 500 people hurt as aftershock damages buildings and jammed mobile networks spread panic.  Amazing video is […]

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