One of the searches that has most often brought people to my blog over the last couple of years has been POETE. In case you forgot, POETE stands for Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising. If you conduct an internet search for POETE, there are very few relevant results. Along with a few of my … Continue reading In a POETE State of Mind
POETE stands for Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising. These are the five elements that each jurisdiction should be examining their own capabilities by. By examining their capabilities through each of these elements, a jurisdiction can better define their strengths and areas for improvement. The POETE analysis, often completed as part of a THIRA (Threat … Continue reading The POETE Analysis – Emergency Planning and Beyond
A few days ago, Homeland Security Today posted an article titled FEMA Creates Pilot Program for Long-term Emergency Management. It seemed intriguing, so I took a look. The article is pretty much verbatim (no fault of HS Today) from the press release posted by FEMA of the same title (linked to in the article). Needless … Continue reading A FEMA Pilot Program? Maybe?
The 2018 National Preparedness Report was released last week. For the past few years, I’ve provided my own critical review of these annual reports (see 2017’s report here). For those not familiar with the National Preparedness Report (NPR), it is mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA). The information is compiled by FEMA … Continue reading Reviewing The 2018 National Preparedness Report
Planning efforts and documents are incredibly central to everything we do in preparedness. When we look at the spectrum preparedness elements of Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercises (POETE), ‘planning’ being first should be a reminder that everything goes back to planning. Our organizations, equipment, training, and exercises should all reflect back on plans. These … Continue reading Expanding Hazard Mitigation Plans to Truly Address All Hazards
In late May, FEMA/DHS released an updated version of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201. For those not familiar, CPG 201 is designed to guide communities and organizations through the process of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). This is the third edition of a document that was originally released in April 2012. … Continue reading An Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201 (THIRA/SPR)
Harris County, Texas has recently released their After Action Report (AAR) for Hurricane Harvey that devastated the area last year. I applaud any AAR released, especially one for an incident of this magnitude. It requires opening your doors to the world, showing some incredible transparency, and a willingness to discuss your mistakes. Not only can … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey AAR – Lessons for Us All
With my travel schedule, I missed the (late) release of the 2017 National Preparedness Report (NPR) in mid-October. Foundationally, the findings of the 2017 report show little change from the 2016 report. If you are interested in comparing, you can find my review of the 2016 NPR here. The 2017 NPR, on the positive side, … Continue reading 2017 National Preparedness Report – A Review
It’s so often that I hear people proclaim in response to a problem that NIMS will fix it. I’ve written in the past that many organizations reference the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in their plans, as they should, but it’s often a reference with no substance. The devil … Continue reading NIMS is Worthless, Unless You Put it into Action
A recent project I’ve been working on references ‘operational readiness’ as a key element of the training course. We all know what operational readiness is, right? We use the term all the time. Surely, we must be able to find it defined in some key doctrine of FEMA. Surprisingly not (and please, don’t call me … Continue reading Operational Readiness – What is It?