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[…]

Your lack of participation kills us all

I understand why you may not want to participate in an emergency drill. I can see you feeling it’s a bit much between fire and earthquake drills and lockdown events. Perhaps you think the number of drills your school conducts is far more than needed for the risk of that emergency happening. Or, in the Read more about Your lack of participation kills us all[…]

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?[…]

Don’t ever do this during an active shooter drill

Tell your school to take our Active Shooters Course. Are you a Parent? Take our Active Shooter Course designed for you.   Active shooter events are, by nature, loud, violent, and traumatic experiences. It makes sense then that some trainers look to duplicate that in their active shooter drills. They believe that making the training Read more about Don’t ever do this during an active shooter drill[…]

When do I need to set up rescue during confined spaces.

We see a lot of wild things during training. We can often tell if a trainer is a true professional and how much to value their knowledge by how they train. Recently, Steve and I watched a trainer teaching rescue operations and running through a life-and-death scenario. It quickly became apparent to us that a Read more about When do I need to set up rescue during confined spaces.[…]

stranded students

Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students

Dealing with an active shooter event feels undeniably horrifying. Knowing that a student is out there all alone creates an overwhelming sense of darkness descending. As bad as that is, emergency responders, administrators, and risk managers must be prepared to teach, train, and deal with this scenario. Active shooter events are, by their nature, extremely Read more about Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students[…]

Emergency Water in Your Emergency Bin

Emergency Water – How often should you refresh your water?

When was the last time you went into your emergency bin? There’s a good chance it was during last year’s Great ShakeOut. Understandably, you had much more on your mind during the annual earthquake drill than the quality of your emergency supplies. So, you may not have noticed your emergency water is expired. Our clients Read more about Emergency Water – How often should you refresh your water?[…]

What happend – questions to ask when you activate your EOC.

Emergencies can cause you to become discombobulated resulting in cloudy thinking and poor decision making. Good decision making is largely a function of having great information to guide you to an answer. The only way to get great information is to ask great questions. When an emergency strikes, being prepared means having a list of Read more about What happend – questions to ask when you activate your EOC.[…]