What Was That Noise?

Is it Wednesday, April 10 at 1 pm? If you are hearing a siren, it could be a special test of the Outdoor Warning System here in Oakland County.  The week of April 7-13 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  In 2012 there were 119 storm related warnings issued and 4 recorded tornadoes–6 is the average.  […]

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Google expands emergency alerts to millions of people

Now here is really good news.  I frequently use Google when I travel in an unfamiliar area and I like the local nature of NIXLE so now I can get the best of both worlds. Google expands emergency alerts to millions of people.

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Social Media and Emergency Management

Originally posted on idisaster 2.0:
Post by: Kim Stephens Fairfax County, VA’s Office of Public Affairs published their Social Media “Metrics Report” which provides a quantitative assessment of how well their social media presence was received during Hurricane Sandy (October 26-31 specifically). One of the more interesting components is the comparison to their social media numbers during…

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Practice Makes Perfect (or at least pretty close)

One of the responsibilities of our Emergency Services department is emergency management.  We are tasked with leading our city’s efforts to prepare for disasters and emergencies.  We must make sure that the city has an up-to-date emergency management plan that supports the Oakland County Emergency Management Plan; that all personnel are properly trained to perform their […]

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Fascinating!!!

Ok, so I admit being an emergency management geek. I am fascinated with how the authorities are handling Hurricane Sandy as it comes ashore on the east coast.  One of the most interesting aspects is this idea of how social media relates to emergency managment.  Fairfax County, Virginia has elected to crowd source their emergency […]

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Social Media and Emergency Management

Originally posted on idisaster 2.0:
Post by: Kim Stephens The storms in Joplin, MO serve as yet one more reminder of the important roles social media play in a crisis. It seems after every event social media serve these same 5 or 6 functions: 1. Documentation of the event. Photos and videos are usually the first…

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Run, Hide, Fight

Something I never thought I’d have to do was to advise people in the United States of America how to protect themselves against domestic terror/workplace violence.  It seems all too commonplace now.  We are frequently asked what we advise people to do if they should be caught in a situation where there is an active […]

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Sorry I Was Gone So Long

Actually I wasn’t really gone most of the time–just gone from blogging.  It has been pretty busy around here. And a lot has happened since I last blogged–the events in Colorado jump to mind in particular.  Clearly it is a terrible, horrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the victims and the first responders.  We’ve […]

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Being Prepared

Earlier today I had an opportunity to be an observer at the very first Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium’s small squad tactics practice exercise held at the CREST center.  This was the culmination of a year’s worth of training–700 officers in total –in Mobile Field Force tactics which is essentially readiness for a violent civil […]

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