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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...
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...
Dealing with media coverage in an emergency is always a tough one. Unfortunately, the media has a tendency to make any story exciting and bigger than it may be, resulting in more harm than good. Because of this, you may want to refer media inquiries to an identified...
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...
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.
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...
First responders are constantly traversing varying terrain and putting themselves in the midst of vital infrastructure. The police take care of grave public safety, the firemen take care of fires and loss of life, and EMS people handle life-threatening medical issues,...
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.
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.
The less people you have coming to you, the less chance you will have in making mistakes, and you will be able to better manage your stress levels. If you have 10 people talking to you, you cannot keep all those thoughts in your head.
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