Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lessons Learned – Recovering from Hurricane Sandy and Other Disasters

Disasters and emergencies will occur.  We often say hindsight is 20/20 and we need to use that hindsight to improve our future preparedness and response program. We need to review all of our actions in each phase to improve so we can avoid or reduce losses … Continue reading

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Evacuation – Why Home Sweet Home Is Not Always A Good Choice

Hurricane Sandy and other hurricanes can disrupt our lives because we cannot imagine the deceptive power of those types of storms. All of us need to remember that homes and buildings are designed to withstand wind speeds below winds produced … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy’s track is unpredictable like all hurricanes that hit the east coast.  What is predictable however, is the effects of the hurricane.  The storm surge can cause flooding, the winds from hurricanes can cause damage to the roof of buildings and … Continue reading

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A Systems Approach to Managing Emergencies (The Four Ms)

This blog (managingemergencies) attempts to highlight the need for a systems approach to managing emergencies and disasters.  Men (women), material, money and minutes (time) must be organized to get the outcomes you want when disasters and emergencies strike.  Men/Women must understand the … Continue reading

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Managing Emergencies – The Tragedy of Neglecting Prevention Activities

When I was an active responder I would arrive on the scene and deal with fires large and small. The most heart breaking part of the event is how people began coping with the losses they faced.  They were overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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Tip of the Day “Be Mindful of Your Environment”

Terror attacks and foiled attempts to attack Americans are in the news lately. When these events occur we are told to report anything suspicious.  How can you report if something seems out of place if you don’t look around on a regular … Continue reading

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How to Manage an Emergency Management Program

There is a leadership component to managing the emergency life cycle process. Commitment – Managers need to be required to show commitment to the emergency management process by communicating with employees on a regular basis regarding mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery issues. Internal coordination is … Continue reading

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