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An emergency manager trying to make a difference.

The name of the blog comes from a conversation with my daughter, where she told me that I was always looking to help people be prepared for the inevitable emergencies in life.

I started this blog as a place to assemble all the information that I was getting every day and to share my thoughts and ideas on emergency management.

I had no idea how much of the blog would wind up being what's in the news. While it does not take a lot to add a blog entry, I just did not realize how much of my day was involved with simply keeping up with what's going on. All of the posts, whether what's in the news or comments or just a piece of information, have a purpose; to get us thinking, to get us talking, and to make things better - in other words, to make a difference.

Hopefully this blog will save you some time and energy, or help you in some other way. If you would like to see something, please let me know.

Posting an article does not imply that I agree with the comments in the article. In fact, in many case, I do not agree, but feel that the comments should be part of the discussion. All opinions are welcome. I only ask that you remain considerate and professional of other opinions.


Favorite Quotes for the Emergency Manager

  • “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Failing to plan is planning to fail”
  • “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” Denis Waitley
  • "Station 51, KMG365."
  • “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” Arnold H. Glasgow
  • “An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster”
  • “The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.” Douglas MacArthur
  • “My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted.” Buckminster Fuller
  • “Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”
  • "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, ..." Rudyard Kipling
  • "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

Sunday, March 22, 2009

MUNICIPAL SOLUTIONS: Is your Security Consultant an Expert?

The security industry has always had an unfortunate public image of being an industry that is a law unto itself and is made up of large numbers of rogues with criminal records. This may indeed be true of some but the majority work hard to maintain a professional product within a professional industry. The purpose of the SIA is to legislate and organize this largely fragmented industry, a task rather like that of swimming uphill in a pool of sticky toffee.

1 comment:

  1. Depending on the laws in your respective states but certainly before legislation or any formal attempt at organizing a process, prospective clients can avoid embarrassment by using contractual agreements that authorizises a criminal history check.

    If a prospective employer does not have the resources or policies in place for such a necesssary scrutiny, may I suggest that you search the website of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants before making your final determination on the consultant. By visiting the IAPSC at you can expect top notch professionals who standards are managed by the organization.

    If you desire to hire your consultant simply stipulate a preliminary criminal history check as part of the contract or work to be performed. I am trying to make the process as simple as possible but certainly emphasizing the importance of due dilegence. Does this make any sense?

    Felix P. Nater, CSC
    Nater Associates, Ltd.