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
In an age when the sum of the world's knowledge is at our fingertips (literally), and everybody with a keyboard is capable of adding to that knowledge - for better or worse - one of the biggest challenges Emergency Managers have is in figuring out how to handle the sheer amount of information that flows … Continue reading Data, Intelligence, and Truth
How to have a civil debate online! Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com I am a member and administrator in a Facebook group, and one of the members was kind enough to give me a shout out for my article on Medium.com (which is also on this site). As is somewhat inevitable when you talk about … Continue reading The Importance of Civility and Professionalism
Like many people, I'm participating in Earth Hour tonight. I'm sitting in the dark as I write this, doing my token bit to chip in. And, I really do mean token bit. There are no grand gestures here. The device that I'm writing this on will still consume just as much energy when I plug … Continue reading Earth…Hour?
An awesome thing happened this past Saturday night, for the first time in history an NHL game was broadcast in an aboriginal language. The National Hockey League teamed up with aboriginal broadcaster APTN to deliver both play-by-play and colour commentary in Plains Cree. While I am a male of European heritage, I live in Treaty … Continue reading Inclusive Languages
It would be really easy for me to only post the really good stuff on here. I could rave about work that I'm doing, upcoming events, plans, programs, and all sorts of stuff. But that wouldn't be honest. And that's not the way I do things. When I started in emergency services years ago, I … Continue reading Sunday Night Life
There will be a time in which we, as consultants, will be able to talk about our services and products, and where the shootings in Christchurch will be just another sad case study. Today is not that day. Today is a day for mourning, introspection, and care for each other. Today is not the day … Continue reading Not Today, Please
When each day is a struggle to merely do the basics required of us as people, there is no capacity to take on the challenges posed by a disaster or major emergency.
It's the paradox of inclusion, if we are going to be truly inclusive then we have to actively exclude people with certain beliefs.
If you are an Emergency Manager and you cannot, with all your heart, believe that each and every person is as valuable as any other, then please reconsider your vocation.