Welcome to my journey of learning and growth as I make my way through this beast we call Emergency Management! I’m working in an Emergency Management role at the State/Province level in North America and trying to learn the ropes as I go. One of my big challenges is that I’m not formally educated in Emergency Management (I know that’s not necessarily a bad thing), but I’m the type of person who wants to know as much as I can.
So, that brings me to this blog…One of the ways that I have always learned best is to take something I’m wrestling with and try to reframe it and put it into my own words. This site will include my thoughts and musings on my personal studies, emergencies and disasters, and other relevant things as they come to mind. Some of the posts will be things that I’ve written before and published elsewhere (usually LinkedIn), but most will be new thoughts specifically for this blog.
So, hi! Take a look, see what you like, and drop me a line!
Oh…and this picture? WordPress dropped it in as a placeholder in the hopes that I would put another picture in its place, but I kind of like this one so I’m keeping it!
In a couple hours, I am heading out to a picnic with my family to celebrate labour day. As I do this, I’m acutely aware that it is only through the hard work of Unions and labour activists that I get to do so. I’m also acutely aware that there are millions of people who are hard at work and don’t get today as a holiday.
So, to all those who are:
- Patrolling the streets in a cruiser
- Tending to the sick and wounded in an ambulance
- Protecting their communities in a fire truck
- Coordinating the response to Hurricane Harvey
- Patrolling the flooded streets of Houston looking for people in distress
- Standing behind the counter of a restaurant or at a cash register (and likely making minimum wage doing so)
- Looking after those who are in hospitals, care facilities, psychiatric facilities, and other care settings
- Harvesting and tending the fields to keep us all fed
and everyone else who finds themselves working today, I can only say:
If you’ve been watching this space, you may have noticed an absence of posts in the last week or so. I have spent the last week deeply engaged with my regular job as we dealt with a larger-scale emergency (though not anywhere close to the size of Houston). For my family, this was the first real taste of life with an Emergency Management Professional (can I call myself a professional?). They pushed through my late nights and early mornings, and I was always greeted with a happy “DADDY’S HOME!” from my daughter whenever I made it home before she went to bed.
For those who take on additional responsibilities at home so that we can look after the people in our care, may we be forever thankful. Their strength and resiliency in the face of unexpected and lengthy absences makes our job a little bit easier.
This morning, my family and I are back in search of a faith community to call our own. We were part of a fantastic community before we moved, but life interfered and since moving we haven’t been able to find one to call our own. This, along with my previous experience with faith communities have led me to do lots of thinking about how to engage faith communities in emergency management functions. Continue reading
via Daily Prompt: Inhabit
I’ve been thinking a lot about the spaces we inhabit. Not just the physical structures (though those are very important), but the ground that we walk on and even the social constructs that we live in, shape, and are shaped by. As we start moving through a world where billion-dollar disasters are rapidly becoming the norm, how do our spaces need to change?
As anyone who has seen my desk can testify, I’m not always the best at keeping my desk neat and orderly…So, this week I spent a few hours sorting out the things on my desk and prioritizing my piles into something a little more usable. It often feels like the simple act of keeping things orderly on my desk and in my email inbox takes up as much time as actually doing the job!
Now, if only I could get my drawers sorted out!
The work of building a resilient society is a huge challenge, and not simply because it involves massive shifts in how we think about our needs. We have to consider how to build resilience and capacity in the following areas (and this list just barely scratches the surface):
So, what’s the point here? Why am I spending so much time focusing on the fact that bad things happen, and that sometimes those things are bad enough that we can’t cope with them? Because, now you’re thinking about it! You’re thinking about those times in your life where things happened that you weren’t able to cope with. If you’re fortunate enough to have never had anything bad happen to you, you are thinking about the ways that things might go wrong in the future. Continue reading