Catching up to a few friends in External Affairs because preparedness doesn’t stop! I knew Jana starting back in the day as we were (and still are) huge advocates for the Ready.Gov Program.
For more details behind the FEMA Ready.Gov program, check out www.ready.gov
And since we are talking about External Affairs, I got a chance to take a deep dive with FEMA External Affairs Director Jessica Nalepa.
Lots of discussion on the complexities of External Affairs and how our actions are so critical in a disaster and of course the public perception. Also lots of discussion on dedication to career and service.
Looking forward to having more discussion with her on how to improve our response and elevate External Affairs for FEMA and the nation.
Suit up because I’m reporting live from Washington DC….
People often ask what I read to supplement my profession. I read four books per year. (Hilariously, I also have the same amount of people who also ask me “HOW THE HELL DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO READ?!?!?”)
While I am sure I can read more, if I inundate my little brain with too much stuff, I would never implement the things I glean from reading.
As we close out 3Q, and since we are teaching the FEMA COOP Manager TtT course, I am finishing up Reading Raven Rock.
Interesting perspective to historical processes and def a fun government read esp when it comes to continuity operations.
As we start 4Q, I have opted to switch to a more specific book. Since I already follow Nada, I am looking forward to reading some of her thoughts on Targeters.
You know I love to hunt.
What are you reading this quarter?
(Gimme some ideas on what you are reading for my 1Q 2020 time.)
Not all emergencies or disasters happen in broad daylight…or even better yet, M-F 8A-5p. That’s why it’s imperative that your staff trains for situations that come up during weird hours.
Our staff attended the DuPage County Airport exercise that simulated an aircraft w/ mechanical issues then crashing.
Obviously a tough situation, but definitely plausible/realistic (few years ago).
We had many all-hazards providers from across the area to respond and are thankful for their participation in the full-scale exercise.
Now, interesting to hear that there were several real world calls that occurred during the exercise that decreased the response effort.
Lemme be straight: THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS IRL!
So as a planner or leader, don’t be discouraged with this variance because this is exactly why we train for these types of situation. Rarely, will we have a day that everyone is working wIth 100% capacity.
Look at it this way, being able to provide the same capability with decreased staffing Is a win for your department.
If you fudge your exercises to showcase you are perfect 100% of the time, real Emergency Managers now you are a fraud.
Be real. Make your training real and best serve your partners.