Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

An answer to the challenge of dynamic and daring leadership in Emergency Management I asked earlier if dynamic and daring leadership could be found in a risk-averse culture like Emergency Management. I spoke of the challenges involved with the Incident Command System, but left the challenge of making change unanswered. I did, however promise you … Continue reading Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

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Daring and Dynamic Leadership

Can it exist in a risk-averse culture? I've been spending a lot of time considering how we manage emergencies and disasters, particularly on a large scale. As an Emergency Manager, and someone who aspires to be on the leading edge of information and practices, this is of particular concern to me. As the nature of … Continue reading Daring and Dynamic Leadership

No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

So, you are a leader in an organization, congratulations! Whether it is a business, a community group, a school, or any other organization, leadership is something to be celebrated. As part of your participation in this organization, have you been a part of a formal risk assessment? Have you led a formal risk assessment? What's … Continue reading No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

In Praise of the Obvious

How many times do you sit down and read a book, or some piece of research only to find yourself saying "Oh, well that's obvious" as you come upon some information that makes complete sense to you, though you'd never actually made the connection yourself. It happens all the time, no matter how much we … Continue reading In Praise of the Obvious

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 15

It has been a busy couple of weeks! We had our holiday weekend up here in Canada, followed by some sudden energy into another project I'm working on. As a result, it turns out to have been 10 days since I posted here! Later on, I'll be posting about some resiliency-building work we've been doing … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 15

Building Resiliency

Photo by Min An on Pexels.com If you've ever studied building construction, bridge construction, or just about anything else that is manufactured today you will be familiar with the concept of trusses. These are building components that consist of interconnected parts that work together to form one cohesive part of the building. Most commonly you … Continue reading Building Resiliency

Disasters and Technology

This post has been adapted from one provided free of charge by the Government of Canada and Public Safety Canada via GetPrepared.ca Using Technology During a Disaster Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. … Continue reading Disasters and Technology

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14

We have just passed the ninth anniversary of the world's worst peacetime oil spill and the effects are still being felt. When the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion in April of 2010, it devastated an area that was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina two years before. Peter … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14

3 Emergency Management Awareness Points during Monumental Fires

Photo by the Associated Press The world watched in sorrow as the historic and beautiful Notre Dame-de-Paris cathedral went up in flames on Monday. I had the opportunity to visit 20 years ago while on an exchange with a number of high school classmates. A highlight of that trip will always be my classmates singing … Continue reading 3 Emergency Management Awareness Points during Monumental Fires