In fact over the last year I have seen some messages put out by local Emergency Management Offices around the country change this message to a week or a months worth of water. Though, I have written about this before as a Disaster Tip of the Week as, Is 72 Hours Enough To Prepare For Disaster this message of storing water for emergencies, has still become lost. Basically, the PR campaign for three days worth of water was so effective that people "hear" they only need three days of water and end up not storing any. If you live in a warmer climate, plan on being active, have medical or special needs, you are going to require an increased amount for drinking. While I took some downtime for my birthday major things were going on in the world that I missed. Though current reports still suggest that the current Ebola Virus is not airborne, it is highly contagious requiring close contact to infected persons, bodies and other objects that have been contaminated with another infected persons bodily fluids.
With this being the case – the current Ebola Virus Epidemic IS spreading out of control and unchecked in parts of West Africa.
With this situation remaining unchecked, it will only be a matter of time before he virus spreads to other parts of Africa, the Mid-East, and potentially to Europe and the U.S.
This lack of capacity makes standard containment measures, such as early detection and isolation of cases, contact tracing and monitoring, and rigorous procedures for infection control, difficult to implement.
The recent surge in the number of cases has stretched all capacities to the breaking point.
Diagnostic capacity is especially important as the early symptoms of Ebola virus disease mimic those of many other diseases commonly seen in this region, including malaria, typhoid fever, and Lassa fever.
Some treatment facilities are overflowing; all beds are occupied and patients are being turned away. If controls are not put in place soon (and it may be to late already) - the potential for a global crisis increases rapidly. The spread of the virus has grown "out of control" and this state will likely remain this way for the next few weeks.
Part of the reason why ebola virus has spread so far so quickly has more to do with the cultural customs and beliefs in the areas where the ebola virus has occurred. Another, as with the American citizen that travelled to Nigeria, after he became infected after his wife died of the disease, is a complete denial that they are infected. Lastly, and perhaps the biggest contributing factor is having infected people "break" quarantine efforts. Granted, these are not the ONLY factors in why the ebola virus is spreading, but do present unique challenges to stem the spread of the disease further.
As you probably know by now, this is the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history, and is also the first outbreak to occur in West Africa. I recently wrote another article about Ebola Virus Facts and Information on my corporate blog. Since then the CDC has also shared an Ebola Virus Infographic that is good to have a look at.
According to the study, Massachusetts is the safest State to live and New Hampshire comes in at number two. The study used the following safety factors to determine the relative overall safety of each state. This is a topic of great debate, and is the chicken or the egg question for contingency planners everywhere. Interestingly enough, I just had a conversation with a colleague, whom I respect, and that works for another large company that provides business continuity and disaster recovery services, on this very topic.
With the creation of the ISO 22301, which does not specifically address the order, but does mention BIA’s first, many businesses are now conducting the BIA first. I just want to mention here that there are many methods of scoring the actual measurement to achieve, or arrive at a final hazard score. I use a slightly modified version of the NFPA 1600 model that I developed over the years, but it is generally the same idea. This process allows us to have a high-level overview of what the greatest risks are to the business, and what the potential impact will be. Once we arrive here, it is time to take a deep dive into the impact the top threats will have on your business. During the deep dive into the Business Impact Analysis you will look at each individual process, individuals and applications that support each process, the interdependencies between departments and each process has upon each other, the financial impact to the business if this process is disrupted, additional financial impact of fines, penalties, SLA’s, and contractual agreements.
The Business Impact Analysis gets into such fine details of each business process and business unit that it can itself become a disruption. The Risk Assessment, being such a high-level overview can be done monthly, quarterly, or even yearly, with little to no disruption to the businesses normal operations. I hope with this you can see where I am coming from, and why a risk assessment should be done both first, and more frequently. The NFPA 1600 Section number 5.3 on Risk Assessments also provides an ordered list of steps that includes identifying hazards, Assess the vulnerability, Analyze the potential impact, and then lastly to conduct a Business Impact Analysis to determine business continuity and recovery strategies. I am a big believer in knowing your risks and conducting risk assessments on a regular basis.


Also, risk assessments should be tied into your enerprise risk management if you have one and should have controls established for reductions or prevention of risks when possible. Score a home-run for you and your family at Hurricane Preparedness Day with the Norfolk Tides!  Join five Hampton Roads localities and Ready Hampton Roads at Harbor Park on Saturday, June 1, 2013, the official start of hurricane season, for an evening of baseball, prizes and disaster preparedness. While the Tides tangle with the Buffalo Bison, emergency management professionals from Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Isle of Wight County, and Ready Hampton Roads will turn the concourse into a classroom for disaster preparation. Drawings will be held during the game for Go Kits, a backpack full of disaster supplies and other prizes. It is difficult to turn on the news and not see a report of some natural disaster or unexpected emergency. Preparing for a disaster is one of those things that is difficult to put at the top of the list of all the competing priorities that a church has. A disaster could be a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, flood or earthquake) an act of terrorism (think September 11) or an armed intruder (think Columbine). Each of these examples has its own unique set of challenges but they all share the same need – plan and prepare for the unexpected. Natural disasters and attacks on places of worship in recent years make this kind of planning essential.
A church emergency preparedness plan is a written document that answers the questions of who, what, where, when and how to get your ministry back up and running following an emergency or disaster.
Thinking through all the details of the what ifs in any given scenario helps to create the content for an emergency preparedness manual. For example, what if a tornado hit the church building or what if an armed intruder interrupted a church service or what if the church were flooded? Planning for an emergency or disaster requires a representative team of your senior leadership, facilities management, information technology and telephone systems. This team is charged with thinking through all given scenarios and determining the best course of action in each situation. An emergency preparedness manual can be as detailed as is comfortable or as simple as mapping out some logistical first steps. For example, identifying where a command center would be located ahead of time saves valuable hours or even days trying to locate a gathering place.
Church leaders need to imagine their ministry running without a functioning facility, computer system, communication system or even employee support for days, weeks or even months. Disasters and emergencies typically have three phases – first response, clean-up and recovery.
Ensuring the safety and security of the church facilities and providing help to possible victims is the first response phase.
This phase also requires responding to any media questions and having a prepared spokesperson to represent the organization. The clean-up phase may include clearing debris, cleaning the facility and preparing the building employees, volunteers or congregants to return. Depending on the type of disaster or emergency, having a plan for clean-up is essential to a normal return of church operations.
If the damage is extensive, the third and final recovery phase is rebuilding or repairing damage to the facility to get it back in order and ready for the public. If the recovery will be longer term, it is important to identify a location to temporarily have church services as well as a command center where a team can facilitate the recovery process. An emergency preparedness box should be kept in a separate location and should have contents to help get the church back up and running if the church building cannot be occupied.
Once the box is created, it is recommend to update it every six months or so to make sure contents are current. It is becoming more and more common for organizations to hold what is referred to as disaster drills to test their plans and try to identify holes that need to be improved.
I have worked with teams who have tested their plan by going through a drill and I cannot emphasize how much is learned and what a valuable experience it is.
Lastly, emergencies and disasters are unpredictable at best but investing the time and doing a little planning ahead of time can minimize the chaos of an emergency situation and turn it into a smooth running response process. Watch this incredible video from a church security camera as a tornado blew through its playground this spring.
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Thinking they can get by for three days or it is such a small amount they really do not need it.


One of these events surrounds some major developments regarding the containment of Ebloa or the lack there of. The most significant development that came to light on August 11, 2014 is that WHO Confirms that patients in fact ARE being turned away from overflowing and taxed medical facilities.
Though no vaccine and no proven curative treatment exist, implementation of these measures has successfully brought previous Ebola outbreaks under control. Global Government agencies such as the CDC and NGO's alike are responding to stem the spread of the ebola virus.
With an incubation period lasting as long as 21 days, some people are in denial they have become infected. As with many other places in the world, people have customs and rituals dealing with the treatment of the dead.
They either leave, or as in some cases have family members "break" them out of the facility. This may also be considered another potential contributing factor in that the ebola virus had not directly occurred in this region of Africa in the past.
Overall the entire North-East of the United States is pretty safe overall based on this study.
Financial Safety of the State, Driving Safety Rank, Workplace safety, Natural Disaster Rank, and finally, Home and Community Safety. Recently, I was asked to share an infographic that placed the Business Impact Analysis before the Risk Assessment.
I have a great many reasons for doing it in this way, but let me share just a snippet of why we do it this way.
For instance the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1600 utilizes a method of scoring of High (H), Medium (M), Low (L) for probability of occurrence and the same H, M, L for impact.
Once we look at all the potential known hazards we take the top 10, top 5, and top 3 hazards respectively to know which hazards are the biggest known threats to the business.
It also provides us a potential outline of events that are likely to cause major disruptions to the business. Also, as a big proponent of the NFPA 1600 standard, if you have the book, Implementing NFPA 1600 National Preparedness Standard, turning to page 12, and page 19 respectively provides an ordered list where the Risk Assessment comes before the Business Impact Analysis. Performing a BIA with just an overal organizational risk or operational risk falls short of a complete and proper risk assessment.
Well, not just disasters really, but to help people like you, owners, executives and managers of businesses prepare for disasters and emergencies.
Ready Hampton Roads is the region’s emergency awareness and preparedness program supported by the HRPDC. Local meteorologists from WAVY-TV 10 and WVEC-TV 13 will be available to answer your severe weather questions, and representatives from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic will also be on hand to provide additional disaster preparedness information specifically for Navy families. However, being prepared can save a church precious time when moments count and can lay the groundwork for a quick response to an emergency or disaster.
However, most disasters or emergencies don’t allow enough time to come up with a response plan.
This type of planning can also help the church be ready to respond and be back up and running quickly so it can continue to care for its congregation and support those affected by the disaster. The team then takes the information and organizes it into a book that can be used as a resource in the event of an emergency or disaster. The more detailed the plan becomes, the less thinking will need to be done during an emergency when there is typically a lot of chaos and many logistical challenges that need to be addressed. Once an emergency plan is in place, it should be tested by going through a fictitious what if scenario. Over the years however a massive campaign was launched to get ALL Americans to have At Least three days of water stored for emergencies.
The outbreak continues to outstrip diagnostic capacity, delaying the confirmation or exclusion of cases and impeding contact tracing. Though, several agencies are reporting that the current ebola virus is spreading beyond current efforts to contain it. In this case, some family members clean the body for burial without the use of proper protective clothing. These factors then provide an overall rating of each State giving us the safest and least safest States to live in based on the study.
This provides you with some system of measurement on how great the risk to your business the hazard will be.
This provides a score, such as, ML which would be equal to Medium probability of Occurrence with a Low impact. If I am not mistaken, it is also proper practice to burn everything, including the dead that are infected with ebola.



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