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Hazard Vulnerability

Hazard Vulnerability

When considering local hazard vulnerability, you want to identify the most common emergencies that occur in the area under your jurisdiction. Then, consider the history: what are the most recent or historical impacts on your area? What are the possible hazards that...

Filling the Training Gaps

While federal emergency preparedness training programs can be effective, they often fail to meet the real needs of our businesses and communities. From the FEMA website: In Orange County, 10 miles from BERT’s headquarters here in Irvine, there are 15 cities and...



Fortifications are an important and continuous part of the emergency preparedness process. Fortifying your business against varying non-structural hazards will also help prevent the risk of greater incidents in the future. Building fires can be initiated from failures...

Assess the Situation

Assess the Situation

In any emergency, the first thing you want to do is assess the situation. Check yourself: Are you okay? Is the facility okay? Should people be evacuated or should they shelter in place? If one reacts too quickly before understanding the scope of the situation, it could cause more problems.

We recommend a singular thought: In any emergency, do something without becoming part of the problem. It is imperative to apply this consideration to any action taken.

Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place

Amidst the unpredictability of an emergency, you may find yourself needing to shelter in place. Identify an internal room that is safer on the inside. Make sure there are necessities such as food and water, and other helpful items such as first-aid equipment and male...

Documentation is Key

Documentation is Key

Documentation provides all the information in a concrete, recorded manner — this is essential, especially in an emergency. Divide the documentation between your team leaders. Set it up so that they continually provide the command post with information. Jot things down! Keep the given information in a written format.

Incident Management

Incident Management

With incident management, you as the Emergency Manager want to maintain the safety of the people that you are working with, or working for you —  your disaster workers. You want to provide clear leadership and organizational structure when selecting your emergency management team beforehand. For times that you may not be on-site, or become tired or incapacitated, other Emergency Managers must be available to step in.

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