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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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

RadioSTAT Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station

During public health and safety emergencies, take a RadioSTAT Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station into critical areas and speak directly to citizens via standard radio receivers.

RadioSTAT can be a lifesaver, allowing the broadcast of critical instructions and information regarding . . .




Medical Emergencies (hospital surge, points of distribution field information, quarantine isolation, decontamination).


Terrorist/Shooter Incidents.


HAZMAT and Traffic Information.


Critical Public Safety Instructions. Road Construction/Infrastructure Failures.


AMBER Alerts.

RadioSTAT is built for speed and portability. All electronics are housed in an easy-to-transport, high-impact, weather-resistant case. The quick-erect antenna system folds down for transportability. The entire system may be set up in 10 minutes by one person. For details, see planning steps and specifications, which follow.

RadioSTAT broadcasts may be received on standard vehicle radios over a 3-5 mile range (25-75 square miles). The stations are priced affordably so that multiple units can be deployed simultaneously at different locations during an emergency, if required. Each RadioSTAT station can broadcast a select series of messages from a prerecorded library. Or, as situations change, new messages may be recorded on the spot. Audio software is provided for message creation, editing, processing and archiving on a field laptop or desktop PC. Messages may be staged on flash drives for quick deployment. “Live” programming may be placed on the air immediately with the flip of a switch.

RadioSTAT is a FCC-licensed service. Operate one or more RadioSTAT units within a specified territory such as a city, county or state. The signal is typically announced to the public by FASTrack or other portable signs, positioned at the periphery of the coverage area.

During non-emergency times, it is recommended that RadioSTAT operators establish the broadcast on an ongoing basis at a “home location” using a (optional) fixed antenna. This will help promote the broadcast frequency, enhances its value for citizens and affords additional frequency protection for the service. If the home location ever requires evacuation, RadioSTAT’s portability becomes an instant asset, allowing reestablishment of the signal from the new location quickly.

RadioSTAT’s portability makes it especially useful at large public gatherings. Broadcast key information, such as: schedules, traffic, parking, safety and critical instructions for patrons approaching or exiting.

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