Here it is, the close of one year and the dawn of another. As with most of you, I’m taking some time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. 2015 was my best blogging year yet, doubling last year’s readership, for which I am thankful. I’ve been humbled in getting readers from around the globe – 127 nations in all. While most came from the US, I have a great number of readers in Canada and Australia. Based on who commented, my readers include public safety and business continuity professionals, academics and scholars, and those simply curious about what we do and how we do it. My thanks to you all!
In case you may have missed them, below are my five most popular posts:
Incident Command System Training Sucks (June) This post prompted a lot of discussion directly on my blog site as well as in numerous LinkedIn discussion forums. I received phone calls, emails, and had several in person conversations about the need to revamp ICS training to make it more effective. While sadly I’ve received no feedback directly from the National Integration Center, I will continue the crusade to get better and more effective ICS training for stakeholders.
ICS Training Sucks… So Let’s Fix It (September) Riding the coat-tails of Incident Command System Training Sucks, this post reflected a bit more on what needed to be done to improve the curriculum. I received lots of feedback on this post as well.
The Need for Practical Incident Command Training (March) This post preceded Incident Command System Training Sucks, and marked my mental progression from an earlier post (which is listed next) to this piece’s most popular successor in the ad-hoc series.
Preparedness – ICS Is Not Enough (January) This piece reflected mostly on ICS as a component of preparedness, identifying that many agencies think they are prepared simply because their staff have taken some ICS courses and they include the terms in their plans. In this we see the danger of the requirements of NIMS, which often mean compliance to many people.
The Death of ADDIE? (November 2012) Yes, this one was written back in my first year of blogging. This piece still holds strong and I see many search terms about ADDIE and the Successive Approximation Model (SAM) which bring people to the post. While I’m still an avid user and advocate of ADDIE, the emergence of SAM shows there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat.
Clearly the topic of ICS training is an important one to those in emergency management and homeland security. As mentioned, I will continue my crusade to advocate for better and more effective training in ICS for our personnel.
I also had the pleasure of co-authoring a post this year with Mr. Ralph Fisk of Fisk Consultants. Prior to the release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, we wrote about public safety interests for jurisdictions, law enforcement, theater management, and the general public. Fortunately there were no shootings or other similar violent incidents that arose during the first couple weeks of showing this blockbuster film. It was fun collaborating with Ralph and we have already discussed some possible topics for collaboration in 2016. I hope to do the same with others as well as hosting guest posts from other experts in public safety.
I hope all of you enjoy reading these posts as much as I like writing them. Each post provides an opportunity for me to learn and to share what I have learned. It has become a great networking tool and marketing tool for my consulting practice. Together I hope we can improve the important work we do in emergency management, homeland security, business continuity, and public safety as a whole. The thoughts you share on posts are greatly appreciated and I look forward to interacting with you all in 2016.
Health, wealth, and happiness in the New Year!
© 2015 – Timothy Riecker