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 saw this on Google+ and wanted to share it. I do not know Frantz but I'm thankful for his sharing it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. - Steve LIVING THROUGH SANDY by Frantz Ostmann on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:13am 1. The excitement and coolness wears off around day 3 2. You are never really prepared to go weeks without power, heat, water etc. Never! 3. Yes it can happen to you. 4. Just because your generator runs like a top, does not mean its producing electricity. 5. If you do not have water stored up you are in trouble. a. A couple of cases of bottled water is “NOT” water storage 6. Should have as much fuel as water a. Propane b. Gas c. Kerosene d. Firewood e. Firestarter, (kindling, paper, etc) 7. Even the smallest little thing that you get from the store should be stocked up.. (spark plug for the generator, BBQ lighter, etc) 8. If you are not working, chances are nobody else is either. 9. I was surprised how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. I am
In part two of our blog " What is an Emergency Management Consulting Firm? ", we take a look at what a typical emergency management consulting project looks like. Our typical emergency management consulting projects are designed to help local agencies or businesses prepare through a cycle of planning, training and exercises. We help our clients prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. All Hands Consulting's "Cycle of Preparedness" We also evaluate how well response and recovery plans work through after action reviews and improvement plans to address areas needing improvement. After Action Reports (AARs) and improvement planning is typically done after a real life emergency or an exercise . All Hands helps our clients develop and implement Comprehensive Emergency Management Programs and Plans through a series of steps including Emergency Management Program Review, Capability and Gap Assessments, and Strategic Planning. W
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. The