Posts from — April 2010

Training: The Critical Link Between Being Prepared…and Knowing The Plan!

During the cold war, baby-boomers remember seeking cover under their desks at school, in training for the possibility of a nuclear attack. Many of us clearly remember Civil Defense placards and our neighbors building bomb shelters [contemporary storm shelters] in their back yards or basements. Being prepared did not cause undue fear as the general public tucked the procedures required away in the back of their minds and then went about their daily lives.

But what that training did was help make the public prepared for a disaster.

These days, disaster can come in the form of natural disasters like floods, fires, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, volcanoes, man-made disasters like an active shooter, power failures and structural collapses or war related terrorist attacks. Today, sadly, many are still not prepared or trained to deal with the reality of a disaster.

Are you prepared? Are you Trained?

Ashbury International Group’s ICE PACK™ Training Programs, Workshops, Seminars and Independent Study programs are all about being prepared and trained. Training is “the” critical link between being prepared and knowing the plan. Your ability to be resilient, and taking personal responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family is based on being trained and knowing what to do during an emergency or disaster. Emergency preparedness and disaster response training for corporations, commercial activities and industrial operations can reduce liability, and improve safety in the workplace. The following is an interesting position paper on the legalities of corporate preparedness (PDF) and the concept of “reasonable care“.


April 20, 2010   3 Comments

First Responders: Equipping Disaster Response Personnel, and SAR Teams for Urban and Rural Rescue Operations

When disaster strikes the first question that crosses the minds of those in need of rescue is: “When?” The answer to that question may very well depend on the availability of rescue equipment.

Most people assume they will be rescued. With television and radio broadcasting news of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s deployment to Haiti in response to the devastating February earthquake, and of the Rhode Island National Guard’s being deployed last week in response to the Pawtuxet River flood conditions, hope turns to reason. In the back of their minds, many know that rescue is often a joint operation between government organizations (GOs) and non-government (NGOs). Just as many likely know that public safety professionals, specially trained and highly motivated volunteers from Search and Rescue (SAR), Civilian Response Teams (CERT), the Red Cross and faith-based disaster relief organizations come together under a unified command to help with rescue, comfort and relief services.

But when will rescue come?

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April 5, 2010   2 Comments