In Case of Emergency, Read This Blog

In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog

A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness

Do A Risk Analysis Of Your Area, Prepare For Those Risks & Ask Govt For Info You Need: Defense Department’s Jack Holt (’What Should We Tell The Public?’) Video

September 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

At the Red Cross’s Emergency Social Data Summit, I had the opportunity to speak with Jack Holt, Senior Strategist for Emerging Media at the U.S. Department of Defense,
In this edition of the blog’s “What Should We Tell The Public?” video series, Holt recommends that citizens “do a risk analysis” of their area and then prepare [...]

[

Tags: "What Should We Tell The Public?" · See Something/Terrorism Tips

As Nation Marks 9/11 Anniversary, 20 Ideas To Improve Citizen Preparedness & Engagement

September 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As the U.S. marks the ninth anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to post some ideas that I think would help raise citizen preparedness and engagement. The recommendations come from discussions that I have had with people involved in all aspects of the issue, my own experiences as a parent and CERT member in New York [...]

[

Tags: Business Preparedness · CERT · City Preparedness · Congress · County Preparedness · Cyber Security · Department of Homeland Security · Federal Emergency Management Administration · Fire Safety · Government Education Programs · Media · Non-Profit Organizations · Preparedness 2.0 · Preparedness Ideas · Preparedness Incentives · Preparedness Models · Preparedness and Business · Risk Communications · See Something/Terrorism Tips · State Preparedness · Volunteer Opportunities

New Study Says “Individualistic” Americans May Be Too Optimistic About Disaster Risk Vs. Others In “Interdependent” Cultures Such As In Asia — Does That Explain Lack Of Preparedness?

August 14th, 2010 · No Comments

A new study  says “individualistic” Americans may be too optimistic about the risk of disasters, including terrorism, as opposed to more “interdependent” cultures such as in Asia. The report argues that the perception of disaster risk is influenced by culture more than experience.
It may help explain why many Americans still do not prepare for disasters (and, [...]

[

Tags: International · Preparedness Reports · Risk Communications

A First Step In Any Citizen Preparedness Planning: Figuring Out What You’re Preparing For

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the initial things citizens need to do in developing their emergency preparedness plans is to determine what they should be preparing for. As I have argued previously, I think officials at all levels should be more aggressive and frank in explaining all the risks facing the public, but there are resources available that citizens can begin researching [...]

[

Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness Tips

“Oh Well: Why We’re So Bad At Dealing With Unlikely Disasters Like The Louisiana Oil Spill” & What Can We Do About It

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments

In Slate, Christopher Beam has an interesting piece, “Oh Well: Why We’re So Bad At Dealing With Unlikely Disasters Like The Louisiana Oil Spill,” about how we as a nation think about, prepare for, and ultimately learn from unlikely but disastrous events. His conclusion: not well.
…the real lesson of the oil spill may be how [...]

[

Tags: Preparedness Ideas · Risk Communications

New Report Calls On President To “Discuss [Homeland Security] Risk Priorities With The American People”; Says #H1N1 May Offer Good “Launching Off Point”

September 10th, 2009 · No Comments

In their new books, former DHS Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff both say that there is a need to engage the American public in a discussion on risk and homeland security priorities. That’s also one of the recommendations in a recent report, “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” from the [...]

[

Tags: Preparedness Reports · Risk Communications

“Four Years After #Katrina, A Mix Of Progress And Inertia”

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments

An editorial in Friday’s USA Today summarizes some of the lessons learned and not learned from Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. Among the positives, according to “Four years after Katrina, a mix of progress and inertia,” are the rebuilding of FEMA as well as that:
–The New Orleans levees so easily breached in 2005 are in better shape. [...]

[

Tags: Hurricane Preparedness · Media

Cargo Screening, The Economy, Leukemia, And Why We Need A Public Discussion On Risk With Government & Citizens

April 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Cargo screening may seem a somewhat arcane topic for a blog that focuses on citizen preparedness and engagement. But the issue raises what I think may be one of the most important homeland security subjects for both the government and the public — risk. The topic of risk in homeland security is something that I [...]

[

Tags: Preparedness Ideas

Public Release Of New British Threat Rankings Offers Good Model For Informing American Citizens Of Risks Facing U.S.

August 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

On Friday, the British government released to the public the National Risk Register, which according to the British government website, ”sets out our assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks that may directly affect the UK” and is:
“designed to increase awareness of the kinds of risks the UK faces, and encourage individuals [...]

[

Tags: British Preparedness · International