Steve Davis is President of All Hands Consulting, an emergency management firm focused on Comprehensive Emergency Management, Business Continuity, Homeland Security, and Disaster Recovery -- activities that share a common mission: they are all aimed at reducing the impact of disasters on our lives and our operations.
I am often asked what I do.
When I answer that I am an Emergency Management Consultant, I typically
get an odd look (unless I am talking to an Emergency Manager).
I typically explain that we help governments,
businesses, communities, and people prepare for disasters. But emergency management is complex and
should involve the whole community.
All Hands, an Emergency Management Consulting Firm
Today’s blog is an attempt to answer the
What is Emergency
Emergency management consulting firms, and emergency
management consultants, help clients with their emergency management
programs. Emergency management is
defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as “The managerial
function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce
vulnerability to threats/hazards and cope with disasters.”
We describe emergency management as a comprehensive program
to prevent and mitigate hazards and to prepare for, respond to, and recover
from incidents, emergencies and disasters.
unpleasant and unintended happening that routine emergency response agencies
can handle. Or, describes an event, expected or unexpected, involving shortages
of time; that place life or property in danger; for which normal police, fire,
emergency medical services, or utility response is adequate; that does not
require more extensive government or community response effort.
unexpected event involving shortages of time and/or resources which places life
and/or property in danger, and which requires immediate response; requires
response beyond normal incident response resources. Normally a single incident
Disaster: When the
resources available are exceeded; or an Event in which a community undergoes
severe danger and incurs losses so that the social structure is disrupted; and
the fulfillment of all or some of its essential functions is prevented. A
disaster situation is comprised of multiple incident sites.
Preparing for emergencies and
disasters is a government and business responsibility (and also and individual/family responsibility). As emergencymanagement consultants, we help government and business mitigate hazards and
prepare to respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters when they
occur. At the local level, municipal officials have a legal and moral mandate
to ensure that their community is prepared to respond quickly and effectively
to emergencies and disasters, especially in the initial phase of a disaster
before the county, state or federal governments provide supplemental
assistance. Local government must be
able to execute emergency and recovery plans and functions effectively.
I wanted to make everyone aware of a free resource (with no commercial agenda) that is now available to the Search and Rescue (SAR) community. This is a project that was developed by members of the SAR community who simply have the
desire to make SAR personnel more effective searchers. The web site is supported through an endowment. International Search and Rescue (ISAR) Alliance Training
Library The Frank Parker Training Library
is made up of a set of structured instructional modules designed to be used by
Training Officers to help them to train personnel in “how to search”. These modules have been crafted by Dave Perkins and Pete
Roberts, the fathers’ of “critical separation” and other innovative search
field skills. All the documents in this training library are free. Visit the ISAR Alliance web site at ISARAlliance.com and click on “Training Library”: The aim of these training modules are to achieve certain
“how to search” proficiencies. These
proficiencies include: Understanding of …