Monthly Archives: September 2012

Why Some Businesses Fail – Lack of Planning Perhaps?

When we see disasters hit communities we don’t often think about the following facts. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. small businesses do not have an emergency or disaster preparedness plan in place (Ad Council). This despite the fact that about one … Continue reading

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Forget About FEMA, What is Your Local Government Doing to Protect You?

As citizens we let our local leaders off the hook when we always focus on the federal government.  The Federal Government is very clear about its ability to respond to emergencies and disasters.  They make sure we know that they … Continue reading

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Why Governments Fail to Respond Effectively When Things Go Wrong in a Big Way

Every day emergency personnel do courageous and heroic things without fanfare.  Children and the elderly are rescued from fires.  Ambulances transport the sick and injured to hospitals.  Police arrest and interrogate suspects and lock up criminals without incident.  When the big one happens … Continue reading

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Planning and Preparedness for the Car

I recently went to Pennsylvania to watch my son play football.  It rained while I was there and my shoes and socks got wet and it was cold.  I went to my trunk to see if the preparedness plans that I put … Continue reading

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Children Get Locked In Cars – Children get away from us – Developing A Strategy to Avoid Injuring or losing Them

  There are few events in our life that can devastate us more than locking our children in our cars and leaving them accidentally.  We read many stories about children who lose their life or are seriously injured as a result … Continue reading

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The Red Cross – A Citizen’s Link to the Safety Net

Citizens always wonder what they can do to avoid disasters and emergencies.  Organizations like the Red Cross have dedicated people that can help anyone understand what actions they can take to be better prepared.  The Red Cross is a tried and true organization … Continue reading

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It Happened So What Do We Do About It? (Recovery Phase)

Of all the phases of managing emergencies this is the most complex but it can produce the best dividends.  We have a range of emotions depending on how we were impacted by the emergency.  However, this is the most critical time … Continue reading

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