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Planning for Disaster

June 27, 2011

Emergency Managers spend the better part of their day – every day – planning for disasters. Unfortunately, some of us who carry the EM title, also carry a few other titles. Fire chief and EMS director being two that “yours truly” happens to carry. But, that doesn’t mean that us who are busy with other roles can ignore the potential shark lurking behind us.

I spent two days this past week in Wichita training on disaster preparation. The training was geared towards EMS. Representatives from the State talked with the class, sharing vital information. An EMS director from SE Kansas also visited with the class about his recent involvement in Joplin helping them with their devastating tornado. The training wrapped up with a panel discussion.

The class was unanimous in their belief that the most important part of the two day’s training was the opportunity to meet face-to-face with fellow directors from the SE region. You don’t want it to be the first time you meet your helpers – when they show up to help with the giant shark.

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