While there is an abundance of training available in public safety, emergency management, and homeland security, do we have enough training available on the foundational preparedness activities? By which, I mean Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising – or POETE. There is a wide variety of training available on tactics and application of skills, which … Continue reading Grading Preparedness Training
Just over a year ago, I posted my article Incident Command Training Sucks, which to date has been viewed almost 2000 times on the WordPress blog platform, alone. Since then, I’ve written several more times on the necessity to change the foundational ICS training curriculum in the US to programs that are focused on application … Continue reading ICS Training (Still) Sucks… One Year Later
The February 2016 edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal highlighted, among other things, some concerns with ICS training in the United States. First off, if you aren’t subscribed to the DPJ, you should be. It’s free and they offer good content, with few extraneous emails beyond the journals. Check them out at http://www.domesticpreparedness.com. The specific … Continue reading Don’t Just Take It From Me – There are Issues with ICS Training
For the past decade and one half we have seen documents such as Civil Preparedness Guide (CPG) 1-8 (1990), State and Local Guide (SLG) 101 (1996), and two versions of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 (2009 and 2010) provide us with continually advancing standards and guidance for emergency planning. We have seen the focus points … Continue reading Examining Needs-Based Emergency Planning
A consistent misconception is that if an emergency operations plan calls for an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to utilize the Incident Command System (ICS), then EOC personnel only require ICS training to be successful in their jobs. ICS training, however, only gets personnel part way to success. Regular readers of my blog know that I … Continue reading Training EOC Personnel – ICS is not Enough!
I love technology. I really do. I generally don’t have any problems with the accomplishments or advancements we’ve made and I’m not looking to abolish any of the triumphs or practices we have in place as a result of technology, but there are some things we have to step back on a bit. One of … Continue reading Let’s Bring Human Interaction Back Into Training
I recently listened to an interview with author and professor Sean McFate. In the interview he discusses the changing landscape of warfare and what the US must do to keep up, particularly since we are still largely stuck in a mindset of conventional warfare. For those interested in this very insightful interview, it was on … Continue reading 10 Strategies for Improving Emergency Management
In late May, FEMA/DHS released an updated version of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201. For those not familiar, CPG 201 is designed to guide communities and organizations through the process of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). This is the third edition of a document that was originally released in April 2012. … Continue reading An Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201 (THIRA/SPR)
Aside from a brief mention at the end of some posts, I don’t often promote our company on this blog. While the intent of the blog has never been to directly promote our services, we have gained and maintained a number of professional relationships through it, including those with clients. I do want to take … Continue reading EPS – Celebrating Five Years!
Yes, planning is part of preparedness, but organizations must also have a plan for preparedness. Why? Preparedness breaks down into five key elements – remember the POETE mnemonic – Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising. I’m also in favor of including assessment as a preparedness element. Needless to say, we do a lot when it … Continue reading Planning for Preparedness