Homeland Security Outlook hosts two maritime security conferences, one East and the other West.
The Maritime Security 2013 West Conference is being held 19-21 August in Long Beach, California. It will bring together public and private stakeholders from all levels to discuss, learn and collaborate on strategies and technology use in mitigating security threats posed to the maritime domain.
The panel sessions and presentations are designed to give all participants the actionable knowledge on how to better secure their maritime areas of responsibility by highlighting available resources and best practices. Each topic will be comprehensively addressed with the critical perspectives of those who have implemented successful strategies and cutting-edge technologies in their maritime security operations.
Maritime Security 2013 West will also host an exhibition of 30 companies that have highly relevant solutions and past performances in securing the maritime domain.
The sequestration has put a cramp in many events due the limited ability of Federal personnel to travel. There was supposed to be a FBI Headquarter's sponsored Maritime Critical Infrastructure event in Seattle later this Fall. It was cancelled due to budget issues. This Maritime Security West Conference is one of the few places I know that is still having an event away from the D.C. area.
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I have started doing a series of television interviews with people who work in the emergency management and disaster disciplines. These people may come from the public or private sectors. Watch for more interviews coming in the near future.
See the show below with the Director, King County Office of Emergency Management.
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Overall, I think we have, as a profession, crossed the great divide in what emergency managers think about social media. Almost everyone now recognizes that it is not a fad, it may have value, people are using it widely in disasters and perhaps we should be engaged somehow as an agency.
To understand the scope of the sea-change that is happening before our very eyes read every word on this infograph Social Media the New Face of Disaster Response They list a bunch of web links at the bottom that provide the references to where they got the information to put it together.
So what is our response? We may have achieved awareness about social media's impact yet people are still afraid to engage. Objections include:
- I don't have a smart phone (if you have a BlackBerry--I agree, you don't)
- I don't use social media
- Who will do this work?
- We don't have the staff to take care of this
- If we start using it the public will have an expectation we can't meet
- What about the legal issues?
- Buy your own personal smart phone--they are now inexpensive
- Start using social media so you understand the medium or retire and let someone who is take your place.
- You will do the work! Remember when we didn't have the Internet and email. Try not doing your job today and not use this technology. The "nature of work" is changing. Social media is not just a Public Information Officer (PIO) function. It has huge operational implications!
- Ah, have you heard of volunteers? There are plenty of social media activists who would be willing to be part of your team. New blood!
- Read the infograph--the public already has the expectation that you are using it.
- Other communities are using it. Find out how they have gotten over the lawyer hump.
I enjoy a good discussion and debate on what is the appropriate path for a community to take. Readers of this blog know I'm always very interested in maximizing the benefits of technology to advance our emergency management's capabilities to protect our communities.
One of those technologies now has to do with surveillance cameras and Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) which are sometimes called drones, which gives them a negative connotation.
Because of my May 1, 2013 Op-ed in the Seattle Times on the benefits of these new technologies I've been invited to speak at a Public Surveillance Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event in Seattle. I look forward to the discussions we'll have.
I strongly believe that people have the right to privacy. Government should not be spying into bedrooms or intruding into their private lives--when they are doing nothing but living their ordinary lives. Criminals and terrorists should not enjoy those same freedoms. We should use every bit of technology available to hopefully prevent, but when that is not possible, identify and then bring to justice culprits who violate the law and harm others.
I see public surveillance like the modern medical profession. Today and in the near future we will be able to do things never before thought possible. The ethics of using the medical technology will be the true challenge we will have to face as individuals and as a society.
And, as I've said before, it all boils down to trust. We live in a low trust environment and that taints governments actions in a very negative way. The solution to that is to act in a trustworthy manner--that means all of us.
School shootings and workplace violence probably led to the creation the concept of Bulletproof Whiteboards These can't be very cheap.
When I first read of the concept I was thinking of the roll-around type of whiteboard that is maybe 4X8 feet. That type of board could be wheeled in place at the entrance to the room as another level of protection in blocking entrance and keeping the shooter from shooting into the classroom.
As for the handheld type of board pictured--the clipboard is a little small! Perhaps better than nothing, but...
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I have only attended one of these World Conferences on Disaster Management about five years ago. They are always held in Toronto.
When I look at their agenda for the one coming up June 23-26 it really looks good. It is a combination of emergency management and business continuity. They attract attendees from around the world and that adds another dimension to their event. If you can ever attend one of these it will get you out of your United States of FEMA mindset and broaden your horizons a little bit.
The last thing I noticed is that their social media outreach is using every tool in the inventory that is available these days.
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“There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your [people]. Randall Jacobs Making the right decision isn’t as easy as it might seem from the outside. The key is always to have good information on which to make a decision. Even then, people can choose the wrong path.
I thought it interesting that in this quote the aspect of knowing yourself was included. I call it being “self-aware." If you don’t know who you are and what your capabilities are you will put yourself in poor situations.
Then there is knowing your business. I don’t know if you need to be an expert in all facets of what profession you are in, but being knowledgeable is important to not making the wrong choice. Isn’t the fear of making a mistake, the factor that freezes many people in place and keeps them from doing anything.
Lastly, he includes knowing your people. Do they know themselves, do they know their business and then if you are echelons above line people, do they know their people? It comes down to whom do you trust? When you know who to trust with your professional life it all becomes much simpler.
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Most organizations will have some form of after-action review following an event like a big storm that caused the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to be activated and responding to events.
This then is what evidently happened after Hurricane Sandy and one of the things that was discovered was that a "fix" was needed to be made for how the National Weather Service (NWS) tracks and then distributes information about storms as they dwindle from hurricanes to tropic storms and then on into severe weather events. See Sandy Criticism Prompts Change In Storm Warnings which describes how the National Hurricane Center will remain the lead as storms morph into smaller events--that can still pack a punch.
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Director, Emergency Management & Operational Continuity
Georgetown University seeks an energetic and thoughtful individual to become the Director of Emergency Management & Operational Continuity to oversee the University’s emergency management. An academic community dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge, Georgetown provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional education in the Jesuit tradition. The University has more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students who take classes at five locations: Main Campus, Medical Center, Law Center, GU-Northern Virginia and the university’s School of Foreign Service-Qatar. Georgetown has a large and diverse workforce that employs more than 5,000 faculty and staff members.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Risk Management, the Director of Emergency Management and Operational Continuity provides overall leadership and expert oversight for the development of policy and strategy across the areas of emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and operational continuity for Georgetown University and its various campus locations. The Director will develop, lead and conduct emergency/disaster drills/exercises, and assist departments in preparing plans. The Director will assess business continuity priorities and coordinate institutional community alerting and emergency notification protocols.
The most compelling candidates will possess a proven track record of partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop formal and thoughtful business continuity plans, as well as experience inspiring, motivating, and empowering team members. He or she must be a multi-dminensional thinker and have at least seven years of demonstrated experience in creating, implementing and coordinating emergency management, planning programs for a large diverse organization. Successful completion of emergency management industry certification programs is desired. Experience with private higher education and/or large non-profit organizations is highly preferred.
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While most emergency managers are focused on Emergency Management Program Accreditation (EMAP) standards and there is the new updated version of NFPA 1600 on the street, there is also the ISO 22301 standards to consider. If you want to learn more about ISO see the webinar offered below. And, as a teaser--watch for an upcoming interview I'll have with Don Schmidt on the new revised NFPA 1600 standard.
ISO 22301 - The New Business Continuity Standard for Best Practice
Thursday May 23 at 11:00 AM EDT, 16:00 BST
A recording will be available after the event.
ISO 22301 is the new international standard for Business Continuity Management best practice. It provides organizations with a framework to manage risk and ensure that they can continue operations in any type of event. The standard also gives stakeholders and customers absolute confidence in the organization’s resilience.
In this webinar, ISO 22301 expert John McGill will help you understand the ISO standard, why it’s important, how to plan for certification, and what building a Business Continuity Management System entails. With his guidance, you will see how implementing the standard can give your organization a competitive advantage. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.
John is the Managing Consultant at ISO 22301 Ltd., and was one of the first consultants to gain ISO 22301 certification for an international organization.
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