Posts Tagged "Preparedness"

I’m Not Your Sheepdog – Jeff Knox

Jeff Knox's wife is neither “sheep” nor “sheepdog,” and she certainly is no “wolf.” She is a “porcupine;” harmless and docile if left alone, but ferocious and dangerous if threatened – even more so if her progeny are threatened. She would choose flight over fight every time, if flight is a viable option. But if flight is not an option, she has the tools, training, and mindset to win the fight.

Don’t Carry Off Duty Until You Are Trained

if an undercover, off-duty, or retired officer shoots someone or is shot him- or herself by uniformed officers, command and training staff could be guilty of vicarious liability or deliberate indifference.

How The Loma Prieta Earthquake Pushed Me Into The Disaster Recovery Business…And Others Out Of Business

A quarter century ago, I got into the disaster recovery business by accident. I was walking through my company’s loading dock and found a huge fireproof safe containing Reel-to-reel backup tapes of all of the software that we developed and sold to our customers, along with our accounting records. Less than a year after I opened my mouth about those tapes sitting on the loading dock, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck and the rest is history.

Saving Lives at Active Shooter Events is in the Public’s Hands

Jan Glarum from A Better Emergency consulting is advocating for active shooter trauma kits to be housed alongside AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) in public areas like shopping centers. I agree with him.

Protecting Our Kids From Active Slaughter

There are many ways to make your school or organization more friendly to first responders that will help them help you when it hits the fan. Here are some of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's more recent recommendations.

Don’t Even Think of Outrunning a Tornado

You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, and you sure as heck can't outrun a tornado. Do you have a safe room and have you gotten a kit, made a plan, and are ready to stay informed?

Newtown Father Talks About Protecting His Daughter

Bill Stevens, the father of Victoria, a Sandy Hook Elementary school student, states that in the event of an intruder, there would be no lockdown at his house, and 911 would only be called after he has secured the situation. Why can't his daughter's school protect her as well as he can at home?

Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

During and after Superstorm Sandy, power and communications were out. Weeks later, power is still out for tens of thousands and some buildings will be uninhabitable for months due to contamination. Cellphone carriers successfully fought the FCC on installing backup power and Netflix reported that viewership doubled on the East Coast. If your organization had a work-from-home disaster recovery plan, did it work?

Run, Hide, Fight – New Keywords To Help You Survive

"It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality" This video produced by the city of Houston introduces the keywords, "Run, Hide, Fight" to help you survive an active shooter incident.

Aurora Colorado Century 16 Theater Shooting

Did anyone notice that James E. Holmes was planning to massacre moviegoers but didn't speak up? If he could not have gotten his weapons legally, would he have given up? And what training can you and your family get to help be better prepared for whatever comes your way?