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 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 Management Enhanced by Public-Private Partnerships

By:  Ben J. Carnevale, Editor This website has promoted the benefits of the Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program from the beginning of its existence, and continues to believe that the private sector is also a vital part of our country’s emergency management team response and disaster recover capabilities. Along with FEMA and DHS, we also believe that the nation's vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations are equal - and equally responsible - partners in nearly every phase of dealing with potential threats --- i.e. … [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...]

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...]

U.S. First Responders & Medical Infrastructure Not Prepared for Fukushima-level Reactor Disaster — PSR Report

A recently released report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) group claims that no meaningful progress has been achieved in improving the ability of first responders and medical professionals to react to a similar Fukushima-level disaster in the United States. The major factors complicating progress on preparedness initiatives in this area were stated to be; Growing population near nuclear facility locations, Aging reactors in too many of those locations, and Lack of Government coordination driving less than needed results to mitigate related risks. How serious is … [Read more...]

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute Celebrates 60 Years

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute  (EMI) is commemorating 60 years of emergency training in 2011. EMI traces its heritage back to 1951 as the former Civil Defense Staff College that was created to develop and conduct emergency training at all levels of government in response to the Cold War.  This tremendous task of conducting national civil defense training was later transferred to Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1954. In 1980, the Staff College moved to its current location in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and, was renamed the “Emergency Management Institute.” The new name reflected a change in … [Read more...]

FEMA Releases National Disaster Recovery Framework Document

As the National Preparedness Month 2011 of September is coming to a close, DHS / FEMA has announced that this year’s NPM was a huge success. FEMA encourages everyone to stay involved and to get others involved in local emergency preparedness efforts throughout the year. FEMA has also just finalized and published a document entitled The National Disaster Recovery Framework.  This document represents a new multiagency effort to strengthen the way the federal family works together to support state, tribal, territorial, and local communities to recover after a disaster strikes. This … [Read more...]

Business Continuity and Risk Management on the Farm

To build awareness that emergency preparedness is important remains an elusive objective to achieve –even though most recently our news channels have reported on an earthquake centered in Virginia which shook the mid-Atlantic region, and, the fact that Hurricane Irene caused severe flooding and widespread power outages up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. In a recent and related news article, David Filson, a Penn State Extension state program leader for emergency readiness and rural health safety, stated, “….if anything positive came out of the Virginia earthquake and Hurricane … [Read more...]

911 + 10 Years / How Prepared Are We?

With the 10th Year Anniversary of 911 getting near, many opinions are surfacing regarding the status of our nation’s preparedness level for the next National Disaster. One of the recently released survey reports of a national survey of more than 1,000 public safety and public service professionals indicates both matters of concern and evidence of progress made. PREPAREDNESS SURVEY BACKGROUND The survey, completed by first responders, emergency managers, public health officials and others on the front lines of emergency preparedness and response teams, was conducted by national public … [Read more...]