It Can’t Happen Here… Really?

During an annual review of a partner’s Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) I was asked the question “Why do we review this HVA every year when the hazards don’t change?” While I felt like my answer was sufficient, which was “to...

4 Keys to Setting A Successful Pace in your EOC

In March I had the opportunity to manage an Emergency Operations Center that stayed open for just over 72 hours supporting the communities response to an Ice Storm.  As we continue to go through the recovery phase of the incident, I have finally had an opportunity to...

Is Your Team The Weakest Link?

A Crisis Management program is only as good as the team members who execute the plan and without a solid team, even the strongest plans will falter.  Regardless of the cause of the crisis (natural disaster, product failure, employee violence, sabotage, etc) you will...

The Achilles’ Heel of Emergency Planning: Time

I dare say that most emergency planners are very proud of their final work and feel as though their community or organization is safer once the plan is written.  Unfortunately, the minute the plan is completed and the documents are signed, they immediately begin to...