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Virtual Emergency Operations Centers Are Here to Stay. But what are considered best practice operations?

Posted by The Brain on Sep 15, 2020 4:47:48 PM

From tornadoes to floods to explosions, emergency agencies bring experts together in emergency operations centers (EOCs) to manage and coordinate operations. Before the pandemic, they did so largely in person. The risk (and reality) of infection, however, has forced EOCs to go virtual – out of necessity.  

Makeshift affairs, many of these virtual emergency operations centers (VEOC) are virtual in name only. How, then, to get the most out of your VEOC?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter

Availability Management Challenges in the Age of Increasing Threats

Posted by The Brain on Aug 18, 2020 2:48:28 PM

In this age of increasing emergency threats, informal volunteer emergency workers often provide critical first responder help, usually search and rescue, first aid, damage, and need assessment.

But because they tend to lack pre-established relationships with emergency managers, informal volunteers can also pose operational risks. Dispatchers, for one, can’t verify training or credentials, so they are unable to accurately match volunteer skills with service areas. And that’s not the only management challenge relief organisations face. What are they?


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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter, Emergency Operations

What to Do About Disaster Fatigue in Your Volunteer Ranks?

Posted by The Brain on Jul 14, 2020 12:11:05 PM

With the double-whammy of COVID-19 and a hyper-active weather season, volunteer disaster relief agencies already have enough on their plate. But the rapid increase in the number and severity of disasters is causing a worrying new phenomenon in volunteer management.

That trend is disaster fatigue. What is it, and how to plan for it this coming severe weather season?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter

How to Manage Interoperability in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on Jun 19, 2020 8:40:22 AM

Mere days into the hurricane season, the Atlantic basin is already experiencing its third named storm. Meanwhile, China, faced with flooding in its south and east, is upping flood defense emergency response to level III. Western Australia, for its part, is less than a month removed from a “once-in-a-decade storm,” so dubbed by the state’s acting commissioner of Fire and Emergency Services.

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Topics: Emergency Management, Interoperability, Emergency Management Newsletter

How to Plan for Severe Weather Events in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on May 18, 2020 2:06:43 PM

In the past, emergency management agencies and other organizations might have become accustomed to bleak forecasts of powerful hurricane seasons – like the one they received this year. They’ve never, however, had to prepare for an “above-normal” storm season while simultaneously fighting a “once-in-a-generation pathogen.” How can they beef up critical infrastructure resilience to respond to multiple events at once?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Management Newsletter

How to Use ICS to Bolster Your COVID-19 Response

Posted by The Brain on Apr 14, 2020 12:02:34 PM

 

The Incident Command System sprung out of a fire suppression event in the 1970s. But it didn’t take too long for non-fire organizations to begin using the system, as well.

The question is now as emergency response agencies mobilize against the COVID-19 pandemic, can ICS be relevant to their efforts?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Management Newsletter, Epidemic Response Module

How Virtual EOCs Can Give Agencies Instant Access to Critical Information

Posted by The Brain on Mar 19, 2020 2:58:38 AM

 

Physical EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers) have proliferated in recent years. And it’s easy to see why. Physical EOCs help teams, individual organizations, and multiple agencies working in concert mobilize people and equipment for incident responses lasting the entirety of an emergency.

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter, Emergency Operations

What Actions Should You Take to Respond Better to Public Health Crises

Posted by The Brain on Feb 20, 2020 5:08:06 AM

 

As of mid-February, over 64,000 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported, with wartime measures increasingly becoming the norm throughout mainland China. The reach of the coronavirus, however, is global. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared a public health emergency of international concern.

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Topics: Emergency Management, Crisis Management, Emergency Response, Crisis Planning, Emergency Management Newsletter

The Not-So-Secret Solution to Overcoming Volunteer Reliability Challenges

Posted by The Brain on Jan 23, 2020 3:22:43 AM

 

Disaster relief agencies might be heartened by the volunteer recruitment spikes they experience during moments of crisis, like the rolling bushfire disasters. But according to the data, those spikes are temporary. In other words, organizations relying on long-term resource gains from reliable volunteers will probably have to look elsewhere. Where to? The answer might surprise you. 

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter

Why a Longer Disaster Season Makes Integrated Resource Management More Important Than Ever

Posted by The Brain on Dec 19, 2019 3:36:39 AM

 

According to CNBC reporting, the average number of yearly billion-dollar disasters totalled 15 events from 2016 to 2018. The average yearly total for the previous 38 years: 6.2 events. And this year’s disaster season, with its deadly storms, heatwaves, and, of course, wildfires, is all but certainly trending in the wrong direction.

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Resource Management, Emergency Management Newsletter


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