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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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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Stop Micromanaging, Start Communicating

‘Communicating via micromanagement isn’t a personality flaw; it’s a breakdown in the fundamentals of delegation.’ In the Harvard Business Review article, “Why is Micromanagement so infectious?” the authors describe some reasons why and how micromanaging can spread into an organization’s culture.  And reduce our effectiveness at communicating. One of the reason’s they cite is due to […]


Starve Fear in 3 Steps

  Fear feeds on a powerful combination of two ingredients: The incident that induces the fear (darkness, fire, snakes, falling, public speaking, etc.) The helpless feeling of not knowing how to respond to that incident. As responders, we’ve likely all been on the business end of a fear-inducing incident. However, most aren’t remembered that way […]

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