Hurricane Issac – Behind the Scenes

Managing emergencies and disasters takes courage, resources, knowledge and skill.  In the face of a massive hurricane all our resources and human effort is tested.  As one part of our country endures Hurricane Issac,  I’d like to take the time to say thank you to all the responders and workers who devote themselves to the citizens of the jurisdictions under the threat and force of Hurricane Issac. The priorities of life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation take on new meaning when mother nature gets involved in a big way.

Most of our tools and human ingenuity matches up well with many of the disasters and emergencies we face.  Natural disasters expose our emergency program’s weaknesses. Citizens can help responders and workers by being ready and evacuating when told to.  Thank you first responders and support staff.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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2 Responses to Hurricane Issac – Behind the Scenes

  1. very true words. hope it did not caused much trouble down there.

  2. I do like the way you have presented this specific difficulty and it really does present me personally some fodder for thought. On the other hand, coming from what I have personally seen, I just simply hope as the actual feedback stack on that men and women stay on point and in no way start upon a soap box regarding the news of the day. All the same, thank you for this superb point and whilst I can not really agree with it in totality, I value your viewpoint.

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