Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Guys At Homeland Security Watch

Have got me thinking again...

A recent post about government responses to the Colorado wildfires reminded me of something tangential to the original post.

How many wildfires have local, county, state, and federal emergency management agencies dealt with in the last ten years?  How many hurricanes, floods, landslides, tornadoes, heat waves, droughts, ice storms, blizzards, and bridge collapses have occurred in the decade since 2001?  How many Americans died or were injured?  How many Americans were displaced - temporarily or permanently? How many Americans were cared for by their neighbors, communities, and government agencies?

Now contrast that with the number of terror attacks - transnational or domestic - that have been perpetrated against Americans, in America, and that resulted in fatalities, injuries, or even property damage affecting Americans since 9/11?

Perhaps it's time to dispense with the nationalistic, inflammatory, and jingoistic title - Homeland Security – in favor of the original, more descriptive, and most sensible term Emergency Management? 

Think of it as the gift of freedom from fear, just in time for our Independence Day.

May each and every one of you enjoy a pleasant, contemplative, and memorable Independence Day with your family, friends, and community.

Hey, Look!

An article on workplace violence that is sensible and practical...


What most people think of as workplace violence is rare, but when it does occur prompt and skillful action is required of employers.  I'm known for taking the news media and some members of the security profession to task for overselling the risk of violence in the workplace, but when a death, injury, other fearful incident occurs the company must pull out all the stops to care for employees and their families until a sense of health and wholeness is restored.  In When Prevention Fails: Minimizing the Post-Incident Impact of Workplace Violence the actions needed to restore a workplace to comfort, confidence, and productivity after a violent event is addressed in a series of linked articles prepared by a team of skilled writers who understand the topic.  The writers understand the statistics and do not conflate them.  This Business Insurance Solution Arc delivers some very good content.  Follow every link.  Color me pleased.