Today’s FEMA Daily Digest Bulletin announced the release of Core Capability Development Sheets which are intended to help jurisdictions build or sustain each capability by integrating: Available training courses Capability targets for the THIRA Nationally typed resources Partners to support development of capabilities Exercise support and guidance to validate capabilities Assistance from the FEMA National … Continue reading New Release: Core Capability Development Sheets
A recent class of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy published a paper titled Are We Prepared Yet? in the latest issue of the Domestic Preparedness Journal. It’s a solid read, and I encourage everyone to look it over. First off, I wasn’t aware of the scope of work conducted in the Executive Academy. I think … Continue reading Measuring Preparedness – An Executive Academy Perspective
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
We’ve long heard, albeit in small pockets, people proclaiming that emergency management and public safety need different systems for larger incidents vs smaller incidents. For years, the Incident Command System (ICS) fought that stigma, with many saying that ICS is only used for hazardous materials incidents (specifically because of OSHA requirements) or for large incidents … Continue reading Do We Need Different Systems for Catastrophic Incidents?
Yes, planning is part of preparedness, but organizations must also have a plan for preparedness. Why? Preparedness breaks down into five key elements – remember the POETE mnemonic – Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising. I’m also in favor of including assessment as a preparedness element. Needless to say, we do a lot when it … Continue reading Planning for Preparedness
Heritage.org recently published a piece outlining the top four homeland security priorities for the next administration, which can be found here. It’s a thought provoking article that certainly identifies some important issues. In the same spirit, I’d like to offer what I think are the emergency management priorities for the next administration. 1) Support an … Continue reading 7 Emergency Management Priorities for the Next Administration
Yesterday the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled Federal Emergency Management Agency: Strengthening Regional Coordination Could Enhance Preparedness Efforts. I’ve been waiting for a while for the release of this report as I am proud to have been interviewed for it as a subject matter expert. It’s the second GAO report on … Continue reading Failed Attempts to Measure NIMS Compliance – How can we get it right?
One of the great features of WordPress (my blogging platform) is that it identifies various statistics and sets of data for me. One of those bits of data is search terms used to find my blog. Yesterday there were three that caught my eye: Which of the 31 core capabilities are useless How many of … Continue reading Understanding and Using the Core Capabilities
A lot of money is spent within the emergency management and homeland security enterprise. Looking just at the last couple of years of annual Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) (this is the annual grant provided by the US Federal government to states and urban areas), $1.044 billion was allocated in FFY 2015 and $1.043 billion … Continue reading Measuring Return on Investment in Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Improving State Preparedness Reports
I came across this article yesterday about US Rep Michael McCaul from Texas (who happens to chair the House Homeland Security committee) penning a book titled “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland — and How to Thwart Them”. The book, set to be published in January, will apparently outline a variety of … Continue reading A book of worst-case scenarios