Recovery (We Don’t Do It Well)

Avoiding emergencies many times takes all of our energy.  We are hyper-alert to the dangers that may befall us.  However, when we get hit with an emergency we crumble. We are not used to thinking about planning on how we will get back up after we are struck down physically and emotionally.  Having a recovery plan for our personal and business life is just a smart way of living.  Recently I had several hard-hitting events that affected me emotionally.  Because I practice thinking about emergencies and how I will deal with the aftermath, I was able to handle the multiple impacts.

I planned to adjust my emotional state to accept things that I always thought of as unacceptable.  My financial impacts were lessened because I planned to reduce my exposure by reducing my debt to income ratio.  The long-term planning strategy I adopted allowed me to recover faster.  I tried to mitigate the impacts, I had a preparedness plan and a response plan.  Having a recovery plan allowed me to check the steps I was taking to avoid the unavoidable.  We can’t avoid every emergency but we can recover well.


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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