To the extent that this position represents crisis management orthodoxy, it casts the affected company in the position of victim not villain. Sadly, most crises cannot be resolved by sinking to such simple tactics, especially when real victims are left with little recourse but to lick their wounds and hope someone will come along to make them whole again sooner rather than later. Goodman and his experts wonder whether the problem is not what people could have done to avoid the problems they created, but whether the consequences of bad decisions are sometimes so riveting or revolting they make it impossible to change the subject. Once the crisis has unfolded the party will very seldom, usually never, be given the benefit of the doubt, will be savagely pilloried, and will be compared unfavorably to the spawn of Satan.
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SECTION 1: Any department or agency developing, implementing, or operating and federal domestic program, function or activity must disclose to the public the adverse impacts of those operations as early as possible in the development and implementation phase, any adverse impacts on public health and safety or human lives or property by that proposed or actual operation. These regulations may result in facts not disclosed in advance of an incident or event with adverse implications for public health and safety, or adverse impacts for human lives or property specifically or generally. SECTION 4: Violations of this statute may be pursued by private citizen attorney generals against any person or party unless the Department of Justice determines that the public interest in its health and safety requires such action to be controlled by the federal government. Phil and Bill, both your comments, as usual, have gone to the heart of the matter: the difference between crisis communication and crisis management. We have tended to draw some rather broad and vague inferences about where people might be (and tangentially who they might be) based on when they visit the site. The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is closely monitoring Erika.
The Business Recovery program is a public-private collaboration to ensure private sector emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The goal of this program is to minimize the number of businesses, especially small and medium sized, that fail to reopen due to a lack of accurate and actionable information, during and following an emergency or disaster event. Additionally, the exchange of timely information between the private and public sectors, as illustrated in the diagram below, will facilitate emergency management response and recovery and enable businesses to make appropriate decisions to sustain continuity of operations. This chart illustrates the type of information shared and how it flows between the public and private sectors during an emergency or disaster event. To effectively plan for a disaster, you must develop individualized response plans for those disasters most likely to affect your facility. All the preparation in the world will not matter if you do not also plan out the specific course of action you will take when a disaster strikes.
The following pages examine key distinctions between emergency management and ICS and the roles that each is designed to fulfill during a major medical incident.
Emergency management describes the science of managing complex systems and multidisciplinary personnel to address extreme events, across all hazards, and through the phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The activities of the EMP address the phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It is important to note that the procedures and systems used to conduct preparedness activities (committee structure and meetings, memo writing, regular email notification of meetings, etc.) are typically not adequate for use during emergency response.
Common terminology - use of similar terms and definitions for resource descriptions, organizational functions, and incident facilities across disciplines.
Many of these procedures increase the efficiency of preparedness activities, while essentially training participants on the procedures to be used during response and recovery.
Hospital staff and other healthcare personnel might equate emergency management activities to a hospital's Disaster Committee (hence the recommended name change to Emergency Management Committee). This point is often missed by organizations as they attempt to utilize emergency preparedness committees and their associated structures and processes to manage response to an event. Examples include the use of emergency notification procedures for disseminating preparedness information, the use of a management- by- objective approach when planning preparedness tasks, and using tightly managed meetings with detailed agendas.
The sum of all emergency management activities conducted by a response organization may be collectively referred to as an Emergency Management Program (EMP) for that entity.
The critical task in preparedness planning is to define the system (how assets are organized) and processes (actions and interactions that must occur) that will guide emergency response and recovery. An effective mitigation effort should begin with, and be based on, a valid HVA as this will help an organization prioritize issues during follow-on mitigation and preparedness planning.
Goodman looking for lessons in the ruins of the failed crisis management efforts of Toyota, BP and Goldman Sachs (among others).
This narrative suggests effective crisis managers do little more than help their clients or bosses face facts, accept responsibility and chart a clear and direct course to safe ground. Clearly, many who labor under this label have little more to recommend them than their experience spinning for others or keeping them out of courtrooms rather than actually taking responsibility. Crisis managers would do well to think in terms of awareness, ambiguity, adaptation and accountability.
As such, crisis managers can play important roles helping organizations design effective monitoring systems that anticipate problems, amplify weak signals, appreciate their salience and ask (or inquire) actively what can go wrong and what should be done to avoid or control it.
If that’s true in any way whatsoever, then those responsible for the decisions that led to these disasters should have considered such possibilities before things started going wrong. In hindsight, as Goodman and his experts note, it is all too clear that all these situations were both foreseeable and avoidable.
This involves being practically and demonstrably responsible for every aspect of the crisis, no matter how distant from any prior definition of responsibility (technical, legal, whatever). The only effective response is profound humility, generosity, and active engagement to contain the crisis as soon as possible. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget will be responsible for development of regulations applicable throughout all Executive Branch entities including the Executive Offices of the President organizations other that the immediate operations of the White House Staff of the President.
In the event such a regulatory gap is detected an immediate annoucement shall be made by the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs that such a gap exists and a procedure may be implemented on an emergency basis allowing such information to be conveyed to the public both as a warning or as a Protective Action Recommendation or Decision.
Such finding shall be made public with the basis for that finding contestable in civil actions utilizing standard Temporary and Permanent Restraining Orders or actions of a Prohibitory or Mandatory Injunction or actions as to the validity of that decision under the Declaratory Judgement Act.
As we have seen, those responsible for problems often lack the ability to put them right or cannot do that on their own. Cooperation in turn should help restore trust by reestablishing norms of reciprocity and consistency. Atonement involves not only an acceptance of responsibility but also demonstration of an ongoing commitment to learning and behavior change. We get reports about referring URLs, pingbacks or sites linking back to us, hits per day, search terms used, pages visited and links used.
More than half of the visitors visit the site when it’s AM on the east coast and it trails off steadily from there.
This will be accomplished through a partnership with the private sector to encourage, where necessary, private sector emergency preparedness and mitigation. The information is shared primarily through the Business Continuity Information Network (BCIN), an internet application developed by Florida International University, which provides a secure platform for the government and the private sector to communicate. You must take stock of your current situation, considering such factors as location, population, and available resources.
Each of these scenarios requires different considerations.Single facilityBecause you are only planning for one site, issues such as evacuations, supplies, staff management, and communication become less complex than if you were managing several sites at once.


Consolidated action plans - a single, formal documentation of incident goals, objectives, and strategies defined by unified incident command. The EOP defines effective process and procedures for the context of emergency response (emergency notification procedures, establishing an incident management team, processing of incident information, etc.).
With well-developed ICS and emergency management support, the incident response proactively addresses both types of demands and, in fact, reduces many response-generated demands to routine status. Real crisis managers though are closely related to risk managers and emergency managers, both of whom take a comprehensive approach to their fields, which requires them to consider ways of preventing and mitigating harm before things start to become unwound. Conventional crisis management as practiced by spinmeisters and pettifoggers focuses on the external side of the crisis management diagram. When problems emerge, effective crisis managers seek to promote and institutionalize organizational learning from the outset rather than rushing to deflect responsibility or avoid accountability. But they also require designers to protect a building from fire, which the occupants presumably can control. If the party publically identified as causing the crisis has any interest in surviving the crisis, it must demonstrate acute responsibility for every consequence of the crisis. Okay openly admit was once a federal lawyer and the feds no longer have much ability to gather statistical information or even the accurate facts about any incident or event.
Such regulations shall be promulgated through federal rulemaking procedures and in compliance with the Federal Register Act of 1934, as amended, and the Administrative Procedures Act of 1947, as amended. The entirety of this section is designed and should be implemented to protection of health and safety of the public. From where I sit, the jury’s still out on Toyota, BP and Goldman Sachs in this regard. The most effective way to combat these destructive elements is to have a clear, comprehensive, well-practiced response plan in place. It includes activities that establish, exercise, refine, and maintain systems used for emergency response and recovery. The management transition from response to recovery (both timing and methods) must be carefully planned and implemented to avoid problems. That’s right, we do not allow people to assume they will always be successful avoiding or controlling fire hazards. Also any contacts with this office by private entities will be disclosed periodically and any written materials furnished to that office will be considered part of the offical rulemaking document and disclosed. Impacts on private property rights should be a factor but only health and safety of the public should be the immediate concern of the Attorney General of the United States. Possible formats for these quick guides might include flash cards, pocket guides, and quick reference lists.
This evacuation involves leaving the affected area, in which alternate local facilities are no longer available, and retreating to a removed area, usually outside a 50- to 100-mile radius. The term program is used because it denotes activity that is continuously ongoing, whereas a plan is often considered a series of actions that occur only in response to defined circumstances. At the same time, we still require the same people to take reasonable precautions against the outbreak of fire so people can escape without injury and any fire can be controlled before spreading to the property of others. You think this is not pervasive but even the STATE and LOCAL governments have ensured that the ability of the feds to collect even barebones statistical information on federal grants is limited.
These quick guides should be included with the orientation materials you hand out.With transitional living youth, who can stay in residence for a year or more, you should conduct disaster training and drills. The likelihood of small-scale, facility-specific disasters (kitchen fires, basement floods, or power outages, for example) means that each site should have its own unique disaster plan in place.
Your staff must, as well.Taking stockJust as you took stock of the young people you serve and the attributes of your facility, it is important to take stock of your staff as well.
Each person should have access to a gallon of water a day (2 quarts for drinking, 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation). For example, if your facility can house 15 youth and, during peak hours, has 3 full-time staff working, you must be prepared to immediately evacuate 18 people—a number that exceeds the capacity of most large vans. So all are playing the game of keeping the feds ignorant generally and in a crisis totally.
By walking you through the process of preparing for disasters before they happen, it will help ensure that you have an effective response ready. For instance, if your facility has room for 10 youth and typically has 2 staff people on site, you should store 36 gallons of water (3 days x 12 people).
We recently witnessed three major events where there was almost a total breakdown of accurate information, Haiti, BP Catastrophe, and food chain info on safety.
Mark’s post demonstrates that EMERGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION needs to be integrated with other factors by whomever involved in crisis response. For example, during the day, when there are usually multiple staff on duty to respond to an emergency, one person might be tasked with calling 911, another with retrieving emergency supplies, and a third with overseeing the building evacuation. Ideally, though, these critical documents will be stored in both paper and electronic formats.
This map might be a store-bought local map that you cut out and highlight, or it might be something you draw from scratch. An evacuation plan must take into account transportation and livable space for young children or infants. By replacing your food and water supplies regularly, you ensure that what you have will be usable when you need it. This redundancy can help ensure that key documents survive any disaster scenario, including one in which the facility itself is destroyed, such as a fire or tornado. Often the departments and agencies through their operations collect key data that should be dessimnated but are not capable or legally authorized to do so.
It may, in the event of a blizzard or large-scale power outage, simply require that everyone should stay put and wait for the crisis to pass. Focus on keeping canned food, dry mixes, and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, or extensive preparation. In the event of an evacuation, you can use this list to take attendance at pit stops and ensure that nobody is accidentally left behind. It may also require aggressive action on the part of facility staff (for example, to put out a fire or resolve a medical emergency). In addition, duplicate paper documents as electronic files as soon as possible, both to increase their redundancy (and, therefore, security) and make them more easily transportable in the event of an evacuation.Electronic documentsElectronic documents have many advantages over paper documents, particularly when you consider the space required to store them and the ease involved in duplicating them for backup. If, for example, your facility houses young mothers and their infant children, you will need to stockpile infant formula.Date stored food and replace it every 6 months. Regular oil changes as well as inspections to check hoses, belts, brakes, tires, and fluid levels are critical. Be sure to consult with your local or regional government and inquire about existing plans.Now, grab a pencil and let’s get started!
This space is for breaking down, in as much detail as possible, the steps that you, your staff, and youth will take in response to the disaster at hand.


The answer to the big question, in this case, is to remain in place—the staff and youth will take shelter in the facility safe room.
If your State doesn’t require that all staff be trained in CPR and first aid, ensure that there is always at least one certified staff person on duty and that all other staff can easily reach that person by cell phone or pager.
Consider getting a NOAA (that’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with tone alert. Staff who might drive the vehicle should be trained to use it.If GPS devices are unfeasible, supply each vehicle with local and regional maps with evacuation destinations clearly marked (and the most direct route to each highlighted in an easy-to-see color). While the on-duty support staff take responsibility for moving youth there and handing out critical supplies, the director (or lead staff person) takes responsibility for turning off the gas, closing exterior doors and windows, and shutting off lights. Once the entire facility population is in the safe room, they use their battery-powered radio to listen for weather updates; when the all-clear is announced, they leave the safe room and check the facility for damage. Network file storage also allows you to access your files from anywhere by logging onto the network, which can be very useful in the event of an evacuation.In the best-case scenario, you should protect your electronic files by using both a storage device and network storage. Research various local options—churches and community centers are great places to start, and schools, local hotels, or even apartment buildings can provide other possibilities. If the facility is no longer habitable, the local or regional evacuation plan comes into play.Below the procedures area is a space to list the critical supplies and resources that the specific disaster scenario demands. The first aid kit, if not already in the safe room, would be brought there as well, in addition to extra flashlights and a battery-powered radio for listening to weather updates as they are broadcast.The area below the supplies and resources section is for listing emergency contact information that applies to the specific disaster scenario. Spell out clearly expectations regarding cost, duration of stay, notification requirements, and so forth. For example, a response plan for a medical emergency might list the local fire, rescue squad, and police emergency numbers. Carrying extra gas inside your vehicle is dangerous, and a full gas can should not be part of your emergency supplies. Since the only real response to a tornado involves sheltering and riding it out, there is no number listed here.The final area on the form is for detailing the recovery processes that will help return life to normal when the disaster is over.
You should also ensure that they are dual-sensor smoke detectors, which combine ionization alarms (which detect flaming, fast-moving fires) and photoelectric alarms (which detect smoldering, smoky fires) into one unit.Every smoke detector in your facility should be tested once a month. Keep a radio or television in a central area of your facility, and ensure that, during a regional disaster, it remains tuned to a local news station so that your staff can remain abreast of developing situations as they occur.If your facility has a voicemail system, consider creating a special extension on which you can record an emergency message.
Plastic sheeting and duct tape can be used to secure cracks in or around windows, while towels are excellent for stuffing into the space beneath doors. Review everything you’ve done so far and consider your facility, your resources, and your staff. In the event of a large-scale emergency, off-duty staff can call in and receive critical information and instructions (such as when and where to bring vehicles). There is room for common sense here—if, for example, your evacuation site has agreed to provide food for your population, there is little reason to bring your stockpile of food and water. Track this regular maintenance in the log in Appendix B.If your facility has pull-handle fire alarms, make sure youth and staff know where they are located. This includes stocking vehicles with supplies, ensuring there is communication between vehicles, using vehicle logs (Appendix D), especially for the purpose of tracking occupants, and so forth.Third-party transportationThird-party transportation includes buses, taxis, rental cars, and trains. A good starting point is to consider what connections you or other members of your staff have to areas far outside your local community—perhaps some members of your staff have friends or relatives who live far away and could provide ideas about possible evacuation sites.
No one plan can account for every possible nuance of every disaster—the best you can hope for is that, by taking the time to anticipate your response, you will be prepared to handle any situation when it arises. Schedule a regular check (at least once every 3 months) of the first aid kit to ensure that it is complete and ready to use. All evacuation plans should assume that your facility is full to capacity, with a maximum number of youth and staff present. Work from the contacts you and your staff have to choose a good evacuation area, then visit that area and research sites with which you could form partnerships.When you find an evacuation site, create an evacuation site agreement to put your arrangement in writing (Appendix G). But take a few moments now to walk through the fire response plan above.Obviously, the answer to the big question here is evacuation.
The first step requires the person responding to the fire to pull the fire alarm, which is the facility’s signal for an immediate building evacuation, the plan for which is referenced in the procedures. Water will spread these fires!Class C: Fires involving electrical equipment (wiring, outlets, appliances). This plan, already designed, specifies who is responsible for gathering needed supplies, what the procedures are for getting to the rally point, and so on.Next, the responder must evaluate the situation.
Water can cause electrical shock!There should be at least one easily accessible fire extinguisher in your facility’s kitchen, as well as in any other area where open fires take place.
Depending on the extent of the fire, he or she would either attempt to extinguish it using a portable fire extinguisher (step 3) or seal off the affected area to help prevent the fire’s spread to other parts of the facility (step 4).
At least once a year, each extinguisher should undergo a more complete maintenance check, which may require you to contract with a fire safety company or the local fire department.
Also place copies of the list with your emergency supplies and inside each facility vehicle. Go-Bags allow individuals, both youth and staff, to carry with them important records and other personal supplies. Ideally, every sleeping room will also have its own means of emergency exit—typically, a window fire escape. When one youth leaves your facility, empty his or her Go-Bag and reassign it to the next youth who arrives.Go-Bag for StaffYou only need to have one Go-Bag for your staff. Each floor plan should show people where they are in the building and give them two possible ways to get outside. Look for a room that doesn’t have windows and can be closed off from the rest of the facility. Shutting off the gas in the event of disasters like tornados and fires can prevent explosions. Your shut-off valves and the circuit breaker box should be clearly labeled and easily accessible to all staff. While keeping an emergency generator on site is probably an unnecessary expense (and a potential safety risk as well), having a good supply of battery-powered or hand-crank flashlights is a simple and cost-effective way to provide emergency lighting.
Ideally, there will be at least one flashlight in every sleeping room, common room, and office. Minor maintenance problems can lead to larger, more expensive, and potentially more dangerous issues down the road.
Take stock of what repairs and general maintenance your facility requires, and then prioritize. Revisit this list regularly, and set a specific timetable for completing each item.Check your facility regularly, at least once every season.




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