Preparedness Party Offers Fun Approach to Address Serious Challenge

It is a sad fact, that getting people or organizations to discuss disaster preparedness topics is easier to do just after they have experienced a disaster.  Call it human nature, procrastination or avoidance --- but, this remains a constant challenge for nearly all emergency management and disaster response professional teams. In a rather recent posting, however, we are directed to a rather unique approach submitted by one of the neighborhood group organizations of Boston, MA called the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC).  This group encourages people to host a … [Read more...]

Emergency Planning = Redundancy Planning ?

by Ben Carnevale With so much content already on the web addressing the topic of emergency planning, and with so many of us (including myself) procrastinating about doing something about setting and achieving our own personal preparedness goals and objectives, I was pleased to come across a recent posting entitled “Thoughts on Preparedness” written by Lynda King. What attracted me most to this posting was her ability to make me believe that we all can actually do something to help us effectively cope when disaster strikes. Also, when thousands of people in your area all need help at … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Resource List

Recently our staff has received requests for more updates and information regarding who is doing what in disaster preparedness work, why we should care and what is new and worth a closer look. To address this request our staff would like to reference a recent article written by Jennifer Campbell, Ph.D., who teaches at Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Pennsylvania, and consults for nonprofits. She was also the director of the Hurricane Fund for the Elderly, which was an initiative of “Grantmakers in Aging”.  This initiative raised money to help rebuild … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2012

The Labor Day holiday is now over, and, as students all around the United States have now started their new school year, in this month of September 2012, all citizens are called to remember that throughout our country’s history, disaster events –both natural and caused by decisions made by man – have challenged the preparedness capabilities and the very fabric of our country in the past, and, certainly can do so again in the future. To this point, and as we begin this year’s National Preparedness Month (“NPM 2012”),  our staff would like to remind our readers that President Obama has … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Framework in a School Based Environment

Some of our readers have requested additional information and reading resource material concerning disaster risk reduction in the education sector. In response to that request our staff would like to recommend adding the following document to that reading resource list – “A Framework of School-Based Disaster Preparedness”. This framework was developed by the Consortium for Disaster Education in Indonesia, and, framework is intended to raise awareness levels on disaster risk reduction for all stakeholders in the education sector, both individually and collectively, as an effort to … [Read more...]

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Impaired Individuals Offered Free Personal Preparedness Assistance

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) along with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission recently announced the availability of a series of videos, based on disaster preparedness, recovery and emergency management plans prepared by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force to assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impaired. The series of videos are titled “Emergency Preparedness: Together We Prepare.” The multi-segment production uses American Sign Language and covers topics such as how to make a household emergency plan, preparing a supply kit, planning … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Family Resource Offered by the Sesame Street Workshop

In response to some inquiries from our readers asking for assistance for families to prepare and be ready for emergencies, our staff recommends a viewing of the Sesame Workshop Let’s Get Ready website. Recently, the Sesame Workshop group, along with its project partners, created a series of instructional and training videos -- one of which is called “Let’s Get Ready!  Planning Together for Emergencies. ™” Other preparedness “tool kits” vidoes offered on this site include: “Talk, Listen, Connect” – Resources and support for the special challenges faced by military … [Read more...]

Ready.gov and Preparing Your Family

If you have not visited the newest version of the Ready.gov website in a while and if you are looking for ideas to add to your family’s preparedness planning projects --- then plan to visit this website soon. Judging from some of the inputs from our readers, the new “KIDS” section is well worth the time to visit. Click here  to help your family plan to deal with the potential disaster situations relevant to where they live, and where you work. If you are involved with your company’s HR department, or your communities readiness and disaster preparedness planning teams, please pass this … [Read more...]

Google Supports NPM 2011 with New Preparedness Website Offering

Today, as part of its preparation and support for NPM 2011, Nigel Snoad, Crisis Response Product Manager for Google, announced that Google is introducing a new Google Crisis Preparedness website with information and educational tools to help utilize technology in preparing for crises. Additionally, a new public preparedness website --- Get Tech Ready --- is now available for disaster preparedness teams to incorporate into their pool of available resources.  This new site was developed as collaboration between FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and the Google Crisis Response team. … [Read more...]

Additional Personal Preparedness Resources

The Outreach & Special Populations Branch (OSPB) of the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health offers a large variety of personal preparedness information for all minorities and underserved populations.  And fairly recently, a joint program between OSPB and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services was created to offer a useful website portal source for this kind of information.  This resource can complement an organization's present  personal preparedness support efforts by being included along with other personal preparedness resources made available to … [Read more...]