Emergency Management Solutions Newsletter

Volume 8 No. 7                                                                                          July 2016

In This Issue
Featured Video
Blog Highlights
The Leadership Challenge
Consulting Transitions
Featured Article
Professional Development
Life Balance
From the Bookshelf
Speaker's Corner
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Featured Video
Top 10 Signs You Know Disaster Recovery Strategy Needs Updating
Top 10 Signs You Know Disaster Recovery Strategy Needs Updating

Kristy Dalton, known affectionately as GovGirl, is a video blogger and columnist for Government Technology magazine.She is a former city government web manager who "has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life." In this short clip, attendees at the Texas Digital Government Summit identify their top 10 indicators that your IT recovery plan is in serious trouble. It's a bit tongue in cheek but the point that reviewing strategy regularly is important to success is something on which we can all agree. You can find more videos at Kristy's YouTube channel or her website at  http://www.govtech.com/govgirl/
Blog Highlights

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The increasing inter-connectedness of the global economy can have an impact on local social vulnerability. It may be time to for EMs to think beyond just local hazards and immediate threats....»


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In a Journal of Emergency Management article titled The evolution of shortcomings in Incident Command System: Revisions have allowed critical management functions to atrophy, researchers Kimberly Stambler and Joseph Barbera make a strong argument that four decades of policy/procedure changes have reduced the effectiveness of  ...» 

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The Leadership Challenge
The Leadership Challenge Workshop
August 9th, 2016, 10:00 am PDT

Over 3 million people around the world have taken The Leadership Challenge Workshop - the most effective leadership development program available today.

This highly interactive, experiential program, along with The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI) 360-degree assessment, develops the skills needed to take leaders to the next level.

To learn more, join us for a complimentary 1/2 hour overview of the model on August 9th, 2016, 10:00 am PDT

Is The Leadership Challenge right for your organization? In this webinar we'll discuss:
  • The proven benefits of the model
  • Why a research-based program 
  • How it can be customized
  • How to get started, now

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The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
by James M. Kouzes  & Barry Posner 

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Consulting Transitions
Free Resource Guide for Solo Consultants

For solo consultants, true wealth is discretionary time. Don't waste yours on simple tasks that can be handled by technology. This free resource guide reveals the four essential online tools I use to manage my solo consulting practice and save hours of valuable time. And the best part is - they're free!

Interested in exploring the world of consulting? My new membership site might be just the resource you need to get started. You'll have access to blogs designed to answer very specific questions, a resource library of templates and articles, the opportunity to network with peers, and discounts on coaching and training programs. Download the free guide or click on the logo above to go straight to the site.

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Welcome to the July issue of Emergency Management Solutions.

There were two significant anniversaries in the Bay Area this month, each of which would have been worthy of a featured article. July 17 was the anniversary of the 1941 explosion at Port Chicago that contributed ultimately to desegregation in the US Navy. July 23 was the centennial of the 1916 bombing at the Preparedness Parade in San Francisco, an event similar in many ways to the Boston Marathon bombing. History is all around us and we have much to learn from the past.

This month's article deals with the future, however. A friend recently brought my attention to the proposed draft of the NIMS Refresh and it contains some truly disturbing changes that will generate considerable work and expense at the local level for little return. I hope you find it food for thought and make your feelings known to DHS and FEMA. The official comment period is over but this is of enough concern that you might want to take a position on this issue.


Lucien Canton  
Featured Article

Are We Overthinking ICS?
The proposed NIMS Refresh does more harm than good

In a recent article titled Hang On, Here We Go... Again my colleague and friend of many years, George Whitney, raises concerns about the latest proposed revision to the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Specifically, Whitney questions the need to create an entirely new system, the Center Management System, to manage operations within the emergency operations center (EOC). He suggests that this might be a task best left to local emergency managers.

I believe there is an even bigger question that we must ask. Are we overthinking the Incident Command System?


If you are having trouble viewing my featured article, try clicking on the link at the top of the page. You can always find my articles in the white paper section of my blog site, Canton on Emergency Management.

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Professional Development
New FEMA App

The latest version of the  FEMA mobile app has several features to support individuals before, during, and after a disaster. App features include:
  • Weather Alerts: Sign up for National Weather Service alerts for up to five different U.S. locations to stay updated on severe weather forecasts impacting family and friends.
  • Preparedness Information: Receive tips to survive natural disasters and customize your emergency checklist.
  • Safety Reminders: Set reminders that will alert you when it's time to change smoke alarm batteries, replenish emergency supplies kits, and practice your family's emergency communications plan.
  • Disaster Resources: If a disaster occurs, search for shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers in your area.
Professional Development Opportunities

Savannah, GA
October 14-19, 2016
The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advance the work of IAEM. 
Life Balance
It's Just Routine

The philosopher John Stuart Mill once said, "The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine." There is certainly some merit in what he says but routine, like bureaucracy, is not always a bad thing. Athletes use it to develop consistency and calmness under pressure. Martial artists use it as a way to focus before a match. Routines can be powerful.

The problem is we often don't recognize them in daily life. I never realized that I had developed a routine for calming myself at the end of the day when on disaster duty with FEMA until my family came to visit and disrupted it. It took some adjusting. I start my day with a walk or a run with my dog, something I've done for years. It took me a while to realize that I used that quiet time to plan out my day and to mentally begin drafting work projects. My day wasn't as productive when meetings or conference calls prevented those walks. Our walk ends at the dog park where contact with friends from varied backgrounds helps keep me from the isolation that can plague solo consultants.

Another routine I have is to share a pot of tea with my wife each Friday at our favorite Chinese restaurant. It's a time for us to get caught up on our busy week and to just focus on each other. We occasionally have to miss it because of work or social commitments but that doesn't diminish the importance of our routine.

Obviously, we can't be slaves to our routines, particularly in a profession dealing with unexpected crises. But it's good to recognize the importance of routines that serve to reduce stress or make us more productive and make use of them. By recognizing the good routines and eliminating any negative ones we are in a better position to achieving balance in our lives.
From the Bookshelf
Managing the Unexpected: Sustained Performance in a Complex World

by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

The saying "failure is not an option" is a bit cliched but there really are organizations where failure would produce catastrophic results. In this slim volume, researchers Weick and Sutcliffe distill their years of research into high reliability organizations such as nuclear power plants and aircraft carriers into a system they call "Mindful Organizing".

Mindful organizing is based on five principles that are present in successful high reliability organizations:
  1. Preoccupation with failure
  2. Reluctance to simplify
  3. Sensitivity to operations
  4. Commitment to resilience
  5. Deference to expertise
Understanding these principles goes a long way to heading of potential crises and substantial improves response. Although well documented, the book reads easily and uses examples from a variety of environments to make its points. This is one of the books I consider required reading for any emergency manager.


Interested in more books on emergency management and related topics?

Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs
by Lucien G. Canton

Speaker's Corner

Need a speaker for your next conference? I offer keynotes, seminars and workshops.
Why Should You Choose Me As Your Speaker?
Three Reasons Why I'm the Right Speaker for Your Conference 
You can find more details and sample videos on my website or on my SpeakerMatch page.  
Speaking Engagements 

It's the end of the world! What do we do now?  (keynote)
Powering Up Your Program: Basic concepts for success (Breakout)
Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers
Pequot Lakes, MN
September 18 - 21, 2017

The Situation Room: A Workshop on Crisis Management
The West Coast Law Firm Leadership Forum
San Francisco, CA
September 28, 2016

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