Emergency Management and America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign

by Ben J. Carnevale Business Continuity, Resiliency and Emergency Management Planning teams are often looking for additional ideas, programs and campaigns to help those teams be more prepared and ready to mitigate losses from potential disasters affecting the organization where they work, and the community where they work and live with their families. Our staff believes that the America’s PrepareAthon™ campaign qualifies as one of the best resources for those teams to look for ideas and assistance for taking action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. America’s … [Read more...]

Emergency Management Planning Guide — Useful Writing Tips

Often our staff tries to avoid a “re-inventing the wheel” approach when addressing inquiries from our readers.  To that point and answering several inquiries of “how do I?” organize an Emergency Management or Disaster Preparedness guide for where I work, and for where I live …our staff reviewed its inventory of past articles and disaster recovery materials and decided to focus on a recent project completed in the Santa Rosa County in the state of Florida. Knowing that emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and anytime, the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners supported and … [Read more...]

“In Case of Crisis” Mobile App Version Embraced by George Mason University

Our staff recently was informed of a new emergency and disaster preparedness free mobile app solution called the “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution. The “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution --  created and developed by Irving Burton Associates (IBA) --allows institutions – e.g. educational, corporate, government or hospitality -- convenient and secure access to emergency information with features such as easy-to-read instructional and building diagrams, one-tap key contact calling, and push notifications for updates/alerts and maps. The app includes access to a library of 85 possible … [Read more...]

Preparedness Tips for the Family

Preparedness is a journey, and we get there one step at a time --- Plan, Prepare, Prevail.  And, families are no exception to the need to be prepared for surviving a disruptive event or disaster. Make sure that you and your family have the latest information on preparedness … check out the updated KIDS sections of ready.gov ….CLICK HERE. Here are some other links to add to your family’s reading resource file on disaster preparedness and readiness library….. KIDS …. Play games and test your knowledge and readiness levels. PARENTS … Get the whole family involved in … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness and Native American Indians

Native American Indians are just as susceptible as any other Americans to disasters and emergencies ---and given many of the recent comments coming from our readers --- there is a strong indication that our staff needs to be more responsive to the needs of our Native American Indians --- especially when it comes to preparing for, surviving and recovering from a disaster or emergency situation or related incident. In fact, as the large majority of American Indians live on tribal lands located very often far away from urban centers there can be a strong potential for these communities to be … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

Emergency Preparedness Week - CANADA – e.g. an opportunity to take an active role in your community and support a culture of disaster preparedness in Canada -- is May 5-11, 2013.   More people working together can better communicate the importance of emergency preparedness to all Canadians. Emergency Preparedness Week Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996, and, is also a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with … [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...]

American Red Cross Mobile App Preparedness Tips

by: Ben J. Carnevale, Contributing Writer For those readers who reside in the path of Hurricane Sandy over the next few days, our staff offers a reminder of the many disaster preparedness mobile apps available from the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross has worked hard in transforming itself for the future – and just a small part of that great effort includes this series of disaster related mobile device applications available to everyone. Please check out the following disaster preparedness and disaster recovery mobile device applications: Hurricane App – this application … [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...]

Disaster Preparedness Myths Still Prevail

In a recent article, written by Paul Purcell, and entitled “Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness”, and, supporting this month as the National Preparedness Month 2012, our staff would like to recommend our readers look at these disaster preparedness myths and  review where those myths are still present in your family, the community where you live and the organization where you work. By addressing these obstacles you will be improving the awareness and preparedness levels of individuals, families, communities and employees – but, even more importantly, you will help dispel so … [Read more...]