FEMA has recently announced an upcoming update to CPG-101. CPG-101 is short hand for the “Community Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans” document. CPG 101 is a legacy document, which through its own versions and previous iterations has for decades has served as the standard guidance for emergency operations planning in the … Continue reading A New CPG-101 is Coming
Ever think a problem was fixed just to find that the solution was really more of a problem or a totally different kind of problem. While this can certainly happen in our person lives, I see this happen a lot in my professional life, and I’m sure you do as well. Through my tenure in … Continue reading When the Solution Becomes the Problem
EOCs can do more than just coordinate. Let’s talk about EOC mission planning.
I hope everyone is settling into the new year nicely. One of the things I started off this year doing was going through CPG 101 and providing input to FEMA for the update of this foundational document. (note: if you haven’t yet, get your comments in now as the deadline is soon approaching!) CPG 101, … Continue reading Thoughts on How to Improve the Planning Standard
FEMA recently released a draft Operational Period Shift Brief Template for EOCs, open to public comment. The document is fine, though there was one glaring issue… it assumes an ICS-based model is in use in the EOC. With the release of the NIMS refresh, we were given some ‘official’ options for EOC management structures. Unfortunately, … Continue reading EOC Management Organization
Much of preparedness is about getting us ready to conduct situational assessment and prioritization of actions. We train people and develop resources, such as drones, field-deployed apps, and geographic information systems (GIS) to support situational assessment. The information we obtain from these assessments help in the development and maintenance of situational awareness and, when shared … Continue reading Preparedness: Integrating Community Lifeline Considerations
Through my career I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of airports on preparedness efforts. In the past couple of years, that interaction has been greatly amplified through a contract my company successfully completed involving the development of exercises for airports. As part of this effort, we designed, conducted, and evaluated exercises at … Continue reading Airport Emergency Planning
So much of preparedness focuses on the Response mission area, which is necessary, given the need to protect life and property in the immediate aftermath of a disaster; but we should never leave disaster recovery by the way side. I’ve blogged in the past about the significant lack of Recovery mission area exercises we typically … Continue reading Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guidance
We’ve long heard, albeit in small pockets, people proclaiming that emergency management and public safety need different systems for larger incidents vs smaller incidents. For years, the Incident Command System (ICS) fought that stigma, with many saying that ICS is only used for hazardous materials incidents (specifically because of OSHA requirements) or for large incidents … Continue reading Do We Need Different Systems for Catastrophic Incidents?
I just read an article from Campus Safety Magazine which cited a report on college campus preparedness. Some of the numbers are a bit disturbing. To me, the most serious numbers are from this graphic, which came from the Margolis Healy 2015 Campus Safety Survey: According to this graphic, 26.5% of college campuses surveyed have … Continue reading If You Aren’t Assessing Hazards, What Are You Basing Your Preparedness On?