Lessons learned from recent incidents such as the explosion at the Tianjin port in China port, the Daesh attacks on critical infrastructure such as the Zaventem Airport in Brussels, and the Hajj stampede in Mina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reveal the need for continued professional development among emergency management officials and the need to implement best practices before, during and after incidents. Emergency management involves strategic-level thought leadership with broad perspectives on integrating the right solutions to mitigate and respond to hazards. Unmanned aerial systems, situational awareness tools and sensors are some emerging technologies available but these require a comprehensive implementation plan. Emergency managers responsible for critical infrastructure and mass gatherings must continually improve their strategies and capabilities with these new technologies to protect people, the environment, infrastructure and the reputation of governments and corporations. The world notices when things go wrong, not when incidents are averted.
Lessons learned from recent incidents such as the West Fertilizer Company (WFC) explosion and the Tianjin China port explosion reveal the need for more comprehensive pre-incident planning. While the 2015 NFPA 1620 Standard on Pre-incident Planning was updated after the WFC incident, it comes up short on details for how communities gather relevant data on hazards, conduct a risk analysis and inform the local community of the hazards pre-incident, as well as engage in crisis communications. The Chemical Safety Board investigation of the incident identified seven factors that contributed to the incident including a lack of pre-incident planning. So, how can communities learn from tragedies such as these? Here are six ways to improve pre-incident planning.
New York, NY (May 27, 2016) – Newport News, VA-based Alliance Solutions Group, Inc. listed to Inc.’s inaugural 50 Best Workplaces, the first such measurement of American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-of-the-art techniques to keep their staff happy and productive.
Working with employee engagement and culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.’s list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and keeping the best talent.
The Virginia Emergency Management Symposium of 2016 will bring together more than 300 members of the emergency management community to explore and enhance preparedness, response, mitigation, recovery, and prevention. Through the sponsorship of the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), participants in the symposium will gain valuable insight from workshops, presentations, and sessions to help prepare their communities.
Emergency managers know that successfully preparing and enhancing capabilities is more than buying equipment, training and meeting exercise requirements. Achieving effective preparedness for responders involves a continual assessment of threats, hazards, and risks, as well as a periodic capabilities assessment. But this is just the beginning.
Developing HazMat capabilities begins with a thorough gap analysis between the risk profile and existing capabilities. This results in the development of a strategic plan based on risk management principles. A solid strategic plan outlines future actions to achieve alignment with strategic plan priorities across the elements of the preparedness cycle – plans, organizational structure, equipment, training and exercises. This model has been the foundation for Alliance Solutions Group, Inc. in enhancing HazMat response capabilities for over 400 responders in 2015. This custom-designed service improved capabilities by 82% across 24 locations throughout the U.S. and Asia.