No, not really. But they are using the zombie scenario as highly effective training tool. I reference, of course, the recent news releases (such as this one from ForeignPolicy.com) concerning the United States Strategic Command document titled: CONPLAN-8888 – Counter-Zombie Dominance (April 30, 2011). You’ll see in the Disclaimer section of the document, beginning on … Continue reading Is the Department of Defense Planning for a Zombie Attack?
In May of 2011 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) unleashed its Zombie Preparedness campaign upon the world. This campaign took off like a flesh-eating monster, encouraging preparedness throughout the nation and prompting similar campaigns in other countries. My guess is that the CDC took a creative prompt from the current pop culture zombie craze … Continue reading The Monster Mash – What’s with the Zombie Thing in Emergency Management?
In emergency management we put a lot of emphasis on planning and training, and rightfully so. Deliberate planning establishes a foundation for our actions, thought out well ahead of any incident or disaster we might deal with. Further, most training we receive is necessarily sterile. We are trained how to respond to, organize, and manage … Continue reading Improv in Emergency Management
I recently had an article brought to my attention by my friend Keri. The article is titled Home Depot or Homeland Security and is written by Max Brooks. Before I dive into some commentary on the article and related matters, I want to give a bit of an introduction of Max Brooks. While many of … Continue reading Private Sector Logistics Support for Disasters, aka. To Stockpile or Not to Stockpile
Does the scenario of an exercise activity really matter? Can we use a zombie scenario to exercise evacuation and sheltering? Can we use a holiday food distribution to the needy to practice our POD (point of distribution) plan? Do scenarios always have to be realistic or related to our jurisdiction’s hazards? I’m a foodie. As such … Continue reading Exercising Foundational Skills with Unorthodox Scenarios
Over the past few years we’ve seen some prominent occurrences of hackers gaining access to public safety systems where they make changes which, while a bit humorous at first blush, are serious examples of the vulnerability of our systems. This article describes a vulnerability in variable message signs (VMS), which can be programmed remotely to … Continue reading Hackers Endanger Public Safety With Pranks
Throughout all professions and specialties within the broad category of public safety and emergency services, we go through a lot of training. Training within these various professions has become a profession itself, with many individuals, myself included, spending much of their career as trainers. Through the vast quantity and variety of training we’ve received, we … Continue reading Scenario-based Learning in Emergency Services – Success, how to, and the need for more!
There are some great ideas in Jim McKay’s article – The Preparedness Message Isn’t Reaching the Public, featured in Emergency Management Magazine. Just like any good marketing campaign, we have to push with multiple strategies. Billboards and television campaigns are great but they aren’t going to hit home with everyone. We need to be more creative … Continue reading Marketing the Preparedness Message
I love post-apocalyptic themed TV shows: The Walking Dead, Revolution, and Falling Skies are my potato chips… I just can’t get enough! Not only are these shows extremely well cast, produced, and directed, they have fantastic character development, and the story lines are riveting. The sociological aspects, as mentioned in my previous post – The … Continue reading The Wonders of Post-Apocalyptic TV