Event Emergency and Evacuation Planning

Lack of Evacuation/Emergency Planning in Indiana causes the stage collapse disaster

On August 13, 2011 at approximately 8:45 pm EDT, Indiana State Police said that a warning was issued to the crowd in the grandstand suggesting that they may have to take cover due to the incoming severe weather. However, witnesses reported that those in the direct path of the collapsing fly system did not evacuate per the announcement.[1]

Approximately 10 minutes later, strong winds caused the stage to collapse, killing 5 people and injuring 45 others.[1]

According to Fox News, the existing emergency plan for the Indiana State Fair and event staff was just one page long.  This is purely gross negligence on their part.  Any knowledgeable Emergency Manager knows the capability of severe weather on temporary structures.

A statistic comes to mind, “For every $1 spent on emergency planning, $4 is saved in recovery” – U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Indiana’s event staff had no excuse to avoid the expense of a comprehensive Event Emergency and Evacuation Plan.  Any reasonable planning expense is worth saving the lives of those killed in this tragic event.

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Homeland Advisory Group – Newest Contractor for County of Los Angeles

 

Homeland Advisory Group is now the official supplier of Emergency Communications Cases to the County of Los Angeles’s Health Department.  The cases, although confidential, will be self-contained turn key 2-way communication hubs for use in disaster/emergency deployments.  Homeland Advisory Group closely works with our engineering teams and the Pelican Products factory to develop the finest all-weather field deployment Emergency Communication Cases in the nation.

These same cases are now available to businesses and organizations who are ready to take their Emergency Communications capabilities to the same level of the finest emergency response agencies in the USA.

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Sourcing Your Company’s Emergency Management

Ashley Noel of Homeland Advisory Group

Ashley Noel of Homeland Advisory Group

Most large organizations are beginning to explore the options of expanding their Emergency/Risk Management programs.  There are 3 common structures in place today.

On Site Emergency Manager

Support Staff Outside Provider Price ($-$$)
Self-Contained/ Independent YES YES NO $$$
Semi Independent YES NO YES $$
Outside Vendor NO NO YES $

The above chart briefly describes the structure and pricing of the common programs in operation today.  There are certain benefits to each program that lend themselves to specific industries.

For example, chemical manufacturing is a high risk industry and those companies will always have self-contained Emergency Management departments because of the level of preparedness and mitigation that happens on a day to day routine.  They also have physical response needs that are more efficient when performed in-house.

Another example would be a large non-hazardous product manufacturer or corporate campus.  With minimal day to day mitigation they can simply have a single full or part-time Emergency Manager on staff and source exercises and plan writing to an outside vendor.  Using outside vendors can dramatically decrease your costs while at the same time increasing quality as long as you hire a company with a diverse planning background.  Contact us for more information.

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Prison Contraband Smart Phone Mitigation Planning

The number of smartphones is on the rise in our prison system

Homeland Advisory Group is now offering mitigation planning that addresses the increasing problem of Contraband Smart Phones in the US prison system.  Despite rules and regulations banning the use of wireless phones by inmates, they are reportedly purchasing and receiving these devices from staff, contractors, visitors, and a variety of other sources.

The National Counter-Terrorism Center reports smart phones now allow inmates to post on social networking sites, coordinate protests with inmates in other prisons, and potentially plan and coordinate illegal activities.

REMEMBER: The jamming of cell phone signals within custody and corrections facilities is prohibited by federal law!

Our new planning approach addresses the source of the contraband and provides management the detection training, protocol, and tools they need to eliminate this issue.

Contact us today for a detailed proposal.

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5.3 Quake Rocks Madrid – Predicted by Raffaele Bendani?

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Seven people were killed Wednesday when an earthquake struck southeastern Spain, the central government’s chief representative in the region told National Spanish Radio.

The 5.3-magnitude quake occurred at 4:47 p.m. (10:47 a.m. ET) and was centered about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Murcia, near the Mediterranean coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. That is about 350 kilometers (218 miles) south-southeast of Madrid.

The strange part? Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a “big one” would hit Rome on Wednesday.  Rome is around 770 miles away from the epicenter in Spain.  A coincidence? You decide

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Osama Bin Laden Is DEAD

Osama is DEAD

Osama is DEAD! May you burn in HELL!

Thank you to all the troops and their families that have sacrificed so much to make this possible.

Homeland Advisory Group is committed to protect and prepare the private industry from all natural and human threats, both foreign and domestic.

GOD Bless America!

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Tuscaloosa Alabama Tornado Damage Aerial Video

There isn’t much to say, these videos speak for themselves.  The damage is immense and the death toll is near the all time record.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all the friends and families of the victims of this unimaginable tornado season.

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Explained – The NEW National Terrorism Advisory System

The National Terrorism Advisory System - Homeland Advisory Group

The National Terrorism Advisory System Described - Homeland Advisory Group

The National Terrorism Advisory System
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the old color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

 

What are the new threat alert levels?

  1. Imminent Threat Alert: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.
  2. Elevated Threat Alert: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.

Where can I find the Alerts?

NTAS Alerts will be issued through state, local and tribal partners, the news media and directly to the public via the following channels:

  • Via the official DHS NTAS webpage – http://www.dhs.gov/alerts
  • Via email signup at – http://www.dhs.gov/alerts
  • Via social media
    • Facebook – http://facebook.com/NTASAlerts
    • Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/NTASAlerts
  • Via data feeds, web widgets and graphics
    • http://www.dhs.gov/alerts

The public can also expect to see alerts in places, both public and private, such as transit hubs, airports and government buildings.

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FDA Says Hand Sanitizers Have False Claims

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday that some hand sanitizers and antiseptic products come with claims that they can prevent infection from E. coli, Salmonella, the H1N1 flu virus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Don’t believe them. The statements are unproven and illegal, the FDA said in a news release.

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FDA said it is cracking down on companies that, without agency review or approval, promote their products as preventing these diseases. “Consumers are being misled if they think these products you can buy in a drug store or from other places will protect them from a potentially deadly infection,” said Deborah Autor, compliance director at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “FDA has not approved any products claiming to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 flu,” Autor added. “These products give consumers a false sense of protection.”
FDA said it issued warning letters on Wednesday to four companies that make or distribute the following over-the-counter products:
• Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel, by Tec Laboratories
• Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and Safe4Hours First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant, by JD Nelson and Associates
• Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic Gel, by Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co.
• Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, and Clean Well All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap, by Oh So Clean Inc., also known as CleanWell Company
If the companies do not correct the violations explained in the warning letters within 15 days, FDA said it may seize their products or take other legal action. FDA advises that, in general, one should wash hands often, especially before handling food, to help avoid getting sick. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds — about the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If you find products on the Internet that you believe make false or unproven claims, the FDA recommends that you report the claims by following instructions at Reporting Unlawful Sales on Internet.
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US Government Prepares The National Level Exercise 2011

Successful disaster preparedness is directly related to the quality of planning, training provided, and the testing that occurs before a disaster strikes. The National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11), which will simulate a disastrous earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), is an opportunity for the private sector and multiple government jurisdictions to evaluate response and recovery capabilities for a catastrophic event. Located in the center of the United States, NMSZ encompasses parts of an eight-state region including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Japan has been widely recognized as having the most robust disaster planning of any country in the world, particularly when it comes to earthquakes. In 2010, about 670,000 residents participated in preparedness drills as part of Japan’s Disaster Preparedness Day; held annually since the damaging earthquake of 1923, when tremors measuring 7.9 left Tokyo and its suburbs in ruins and killed 140,000 people, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper.

Time magazine describes just how devoted Japanese leadership and the general public are to disaster preparedness in an online article, How Japan Became a Leader in Disaster Preparation. The general public, including school-aged children, participate in annual mandatory evacuation drills. Japanese leadership has emphasized the importance of mutual aid. Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, has stated, “I would like to ensure that the government will prepare itself for disaster, together with the people, so that it can confi dently say that ‘providing is preventing.’ ” Hundreds of earthquake and tsunami shelters have also been built along the east coast of Japan to protect its people. CBS News describes Japan’s Disaster Preparedness Day as a collaborative endeavor, including the military, local police, firefighters, and the United States Navy; that incorporates mandatory evacuation drills, early warning and communication system testing, private sector collaboration, and emergency response activities.

Despite these preparedness drills, the 9.0 magnitude quake that hit northern Japan on March 11, 2011, resulted in widespread destruction and loss of life. As of April 4, the Japanese government reported an estimated 135,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged, the number of deaths is 12,087, the number of the injured is 2,876, and the number of missing is 15,552. The number of those evacuated is approximately 206,400. CNN has reported that approximately 6 million households in Japan (more than 10 percent) were without electricity. Multiple media outlets have stated that homes were washed away after a dam failure in Fukushima Prefecture, located on the island of Honshu. Fukushima Prefecture borders the hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture to the South and is also home to the damaged nuclear reactor. The reactor has now leaked radioactive material into the surrounding atmosphere, and radioactive water has filled nearby tunnels, which has spilled into the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese government estimates recovery costs could reach as much as $310 billion.

Japan’s experience is an important lesson for the United States because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned that an earthquake in NMSZ could result in “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States.” FEMA further estimates “widespread and catastrophic” destruction could occur across the eight states that make up the NMSZ. A 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures  affecting critical infrastructure. According to a FEMA report, Impact of Earthquakes in  Central USA, nearly 715,000 buildings could be damaged, 2.6 million households could lose electric power, and casualties could climb to almost 86,000 with 3,500 fatalities. The direct economic losses are predicted to be a staggering $300 billion across the eight-state region.

To prepare for a national catastrophic event of this magnitude, the U.S. government has  several overarching objectives for NLE 2011. The exercise is meant to test the ability of the United States to:

  • Offer mass care services (shelter and food) for the affected general populations.
  • Expand health-care resources to provide medical personnel and logistics.
  • Implement recovery processes after a catastrophic earthquake, including establishing recovery priorities, assessing the economic impact, and coordinating and implementing recovery and relief plans.
  • Maintain continuous information sharing for the duration of the response operation.
  • Implement an effective national media strategy in response to a catastrophic earthquake.
  • Ensure that affected populations are safely sheltered-in-place and/or evacuated to a safe refuge area, and are effectively and safely returned following the event.

The disaster in Japan serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of disaster planning and preparedness. In The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami and What They Mean for the  U.S., a document prepared for FEMA after Japan’s recent earthquake, experts  acknowledged that the earthquake damage in Japan was relatively contained in part  because the epicenter of the quake was 62 miles from shore, but mostly because Japanese building codes are so restrictive. Although older wood residential buildings suffered the most structural damage resulting in collapse, many of the buildings in Japan remained intact. According to the same FEMA report, nonstructural damage has caused greater dollar losses than actual structural damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates there is a 25 to 40 percent chance, in a 50-year time span, of a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake in the NMSZ. Private sector organizations falling within the NMSZ in the United States do not have the earthquake design standards that are as strict as those in Japan, which makes coordinated preparedness testing even more important. NLE 11 provides a perfect means for the private sector to test disaster recovery and business continuity plans, in addition to providing subject matter expertise in a coordinated response effort with multiple government jurisdictions.

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