Improving the preparedness of organizations to respond to disasters requires a systematic approach that involves planning, organization, equipment, training and exercises. While many organizations realize the critical importance of formally evaluating their preparedness efforts, traditionally After Action Reports (AARs) have taken place after the immediate response phase to the incident is over. Unfortunately, there is currently no end in sight for the current crisis we are facing with COVID-19. And, as time goes by key lessons learned and best practices that could dramatically improve future COVID-19 and other response efforts may be lost if they are not documented now in an Operational Assessment Report. We have extensive experience with completing After Action Reports and Operational Assessments for both exercises and real-world responses including COVID-19, and frequently receive client feedback such as the following: “one of the most complete, well-written after-action reports I have encountered...Your department contracted to have the company prep, conduct the exercise and the after-action report…money was very well-spent.” We are here to help if you are ready to take the next step in improving your preparedness efforts. Please contact us for more information.
To assist emergency managers in responding to incidents during the 2020 hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA released the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season in May to accomplish the following: Describe Challenges and Planning Considerations Highlight How FEMA is Adapting Operations Clarify Expectations Provide Guidance, Checklists and Resources We've posted an article that describes some of the planning considerations that organizations should address in their response and recovery efforts. For example, community shelters will need to operate at a much lower level of capacity than in the past to incorporate social distancing safety guidelines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, communities may need to train new shelter volunteers who are not from vulnerable populations. Addressing these recommendations will help organizations to prepare for a variety disasters.
There are numerous dashboards that have been developed over the past several months in response to the on-going COVID-19 crisis. This compilation of dashboards was posted on twitter by @FrancoB411. One of the dashboards is called "COVID-19 Exit Strategy". It highlights whether states have met the criteria established by the CDC to assess when a state should relax or increase its restrictions. The indicators are based on symptoms, cases, and hospitals.
I've been trained to respond to biological incidents, have actually responded to threats from these types of agents, have specifically studied diseases like Ebola, and have read books about previous outbreaks like Ebola. There's nothing about the transmission of the disease that is different than what the government is stating. You need direct contact with the following: 1. Body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, spit, other fluids) 2 Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment) 3 Infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat) For more information see the following link for a fact sheet from the CDC
Over 90% of Americans live in places at a moderate-to-high risk of a variety of hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, high-wind damage or terrorism). But, many individuals and organizations don't take some of the basic steps that they could to be better prepared. In a recent survey, 82 percent of Americans agreed “If someone could make it easy for me to be prepared, I’d do it.” We're about to make it easy. We need your support and input to help us improve our site. Keep the conversation going, and let us know your thoughts on preparedness. Please take our survey at this link.