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School Administrators Play Productive Preparedness “Prank” On University Of Delaware Students

September 20th, 2010 · No Comments

At college, it’s usually the students who do the pranks. But at the University of Delaware earlier this month, administrators turned the tables for, of all things, an emergency preparedness drill. According to an article (and video report) from WDEL-AM:
University of Delaware students lined up for what they were told was going to be a “GREEK” [...]

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Tags: Humor · Hurricane Preparedness · Preparedness Ideas

670,000 Japanese Citizens Participated In Their Nation’s Annual Disaster Preparedness Drills Yesterday — Why Isn’t There A Day When Americans Do The Same?

September 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Though yesterday’s launch of National Preparedness Month was filled with a lot of great activities taking place throughout the U.S., it also a day that underscores the shortcomings in the nation’s public readiness efforts — because also yesterday Japan held its annual Disaster Prevention Day during which 670,000 citizens participated in emergency drills in Tokyo and 34 [...]

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Tags: International · Preparedness Events · Preparedness Ideas · Volunteer Opportunities

As Secretary Napolitano Orders “No Notice, Or Limited Notice” National Preparedness Drilling Program, DHS & FEMA Should Make Sure That Public Has A Role In Exercises

August 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In a memo to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate this week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a “two-year progressive national drilling program which increases the total number of exercises and culminates in a full-scale, biennial intergovernmental National Level Exercise (NLE).”
Thanks to Bill Cumming for sending me the memo; he will be writing about it on his Vacation Lane [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Federal Emergency Management Administration

Using “Moulage” (a.k.a. Mock Disaster Makeup) To Make Preparedness Training Fun For Kids & Adults

August 9th, 2010 · No Comments

On this blog, we’re always looking for ways of making public preparedness more fun and engaging for the public, particularly young people. That’s why I wanted to highlight the work READYColorado’s Disaster Ready Training for middle and high school students. As has been written about here, Colorado has been a leader in youth preparedness initiatives.
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Tags: Education · Humor · Preparedness Events · Preparedness Ideas

On 9/11, Safe America Foundation Aims To Get A Million Americans To “Drill Down” & Text For Safety

June 6th, 2010 · No Comments

The Safe America Foundation will again be holding its “9/11 Drill Down For Safety” campaign on September 11th. The Foundation is hoping to more than double the 400,000 people from 127 cities/drill sites in 27 states who participated in last year’s inaugural effort.
The campaign will include a special focus on the importance of the use of [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Events

Citizen Preparedness Apathy A Problem Not Only Here In U.S. — Indifference Marks This Week’s Israeli National Civil Defense Drill

May 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Thanks to the Recovery Diva, Claire Rubin, for sending me an article from the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, “Public Indifference To Civil Defense Drills Highlights Israeli Apathy” about the Mideast nation’s Turning Point 4 exercise this week.
Israel is often cited as a model of civil defense and the nationwide Turning Point drill includes significant civilian involvement. [...]

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Tags: International · Preparedness Events

Israel Begins Annual Nationwide Civil Defense Drill; “Turning Point 4″ Offers Guidance For U.S. Preparedness Citizen Training, Engagement

May 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Israel yesterday began its 4th annual Turning Point national civil defense drill Sunday. The five-day exercise, developed in response to a concern about the nation’s preparedness, involves the Israeli public of all ages. Though the U.S. does not face the daily threats of Israel, the Turning Point exercise offers useful guidance for this country’s public [...]

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Tags: International · Preparedness Events

Major EPA ‘Dirty Bomb’ Exercise Held In ‘Post-Attack’ Philadelphia Creates Special Community Advisory Panel To Get Public POV

May 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This blog has long been an advocate of better integrating the public and its perspective into major governmental emergency drills. So, it was good to hear about some citizen-focused initiatives employed during Liberty RadEx, the National Tier 2 full scale exercise sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It was held in Philadelphia late last month [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Preparedness Events

Whatever Administration Decides On Its Disaster Drilling Policy Review, Include The Public In The Drills

April 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu reported Friday that the Obama Administration is reevaluating the nation’s policy on large-scale national disaster exercises. In the article, “National Disaster Exercises, Called Too Costly And Scripted, May Be Scaled Back,” Hsu writes that the Administration is:
considering whether to scale back next year’s National Level Exercise, the annual drill [previously [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security

What Happens In Vegas (Might Be Less Serious If Major FEMA Nuke Attack Exercise) Stays In Vegas — Why Political/Business Pressure To Move Drill Treats Public Like Children On Terror Preparedness

November 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments

I wanted to point out a story now playing out in Las Vegas, Nevada, which to me is another example of how the public is too often infantilized when it comes to information on serious terrorist threats, including weapons of mass destruction — And, as a result, why we as citizens are not as prepared [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Federal Emergency Management Administration · Nuclear Terrorism · Preparedness Ideas