Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire

The beautiful paradise of Maui was on fire. When I close my eyes and think about Maui, I see lush vegetation, gorgeous sun-swept vistas, and a relaxed, life-loving vibe. I picture leis, grass skirts, and ukuleles. Thinking of any portion of Hawaii devastated by a wildfire is jarring and tragic. Nonetheless, as risk managers, when Read more about Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire[…]

The Next Emergency Threat– Nuclear Bombs

  Let’s say we took a look at your standard emergency action plan. We flip through it and look for the different types of emergencies one tends to find in an EAP. For sure, we’ll find fire and earthquake. There should be an active shooter plan in there now. You probably have a newly updated Read more about The Next Emergency Threat– Nuclear Bombs[…]

Active Shooter – When Should I Take Attendance of Our Students

Tell your school to take our Active Shooters Course. Are you a Parent? Take our Active Shooter Course designed for you. Active shooters present us with a scenario that is unlike any other in the world of emergency response. While the risk of an active shooter incident occurring in any one spot is extremely low, Read more about Active Shooter – When Should I Take Attendance of Our Students[…]

A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?

The Storm of the Century If you’re like me, you were inundated with news of Hurricane Ian tearing through Florida last week. After devastating Puerto Rico and Cuba, Ian jumped to a Category 5 hurricane, with gale-force 155 mile-per-hour winds and double-digit feet of storm surge as it barreled down on the southwest coast of Read more about A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?[…]

Emergency Preparedness Leadership – An Interview with Robin Thorne

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In a follow up to our conversation with Dr. Craig Zachlod, we spoke with the CEO of Emergency Planning Consulting Group on the topic of leadership in emergency management.  As you may imagine, communication and flexibility are the driving forces behind success in emergency management.  Listen in as Robin Thorne discusses emergency management leadership.

Emergency Management Leadership – An Interview with Dr. Craig Zachlod

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Much has been written on the topic of success, but do the principles of leadership apply to emergency events when everyone is under such extreme pressures?  Disasters and emergency events may be the ultimate testing grounds for your leadership skills.  Do you have what it takes to be an effective leader? You might be surprised Read more about Emergency Management Leadership – An Interview with Dr. Craig Zachlod[…]

Why you need to shave your chest if you are over 40.

Let’s face it, if you are 40 or older you already know that you are not getting any younger and neither is your heart. The likelihood of suffering cardiac arrest will increase as you age. With the increase in technology and decreasing prices, AED’s are being installed in more and more places and it is Read more about Why you need to shave your chest if you are over 40.[…]

Are disaster service workers considered employees?

No, not exactly. California Labor Code Section 3352.94 states that DSW’s are not employees.  The big issue here is whether the public employer is going to take on the worker’s compensation liability for the employee while performing DSW services.  Luckily, California Labor Code provides some relief in this area.  In addition, schools can not ordain Read more about Are disaster service workers considered employees?[…]

Do we have to let the Red Cross use our schools for shelters?

California Health & Safety Code previously required that school districts allow the use of their facilities to the Red Cross in the event of a disaster, but this section of code was removed, so it is no longer a requirement.  To see an old printed version of the text of the law, look in the Read more about Do we have to let the Red Cross use our schools for shelters?[…]