Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)

BOLDplanning Facilitates EOP Exercise For DeKalb County, GA

This week, longtime client DeKalb County, GA welcomed BOLDplanning to facilitate a Table Top Exercise (TTX) designed to test and validate the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which is developed in the BOLDplanning.com platform. BOLDplanning CEO Fulton J. Wold led the exercise along with Master Exercise Practitioner Cathleen Atchison. The full day exercise was well attended and included not only DeKalb County planners, but also staff from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the city of Decatur, GA.

BOLDplanning and DeKalb County, GA, Paving the Way to a more Prepared Georgia

DeKalb County, GA Emergency Management Agency partnered with BOLDplanning to develop a Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs). BOLDplanning Vice President of Global Solutions Ed Wolff and Global Solution project manager Cathleen Atchison led workshops this week designed to further update their EOP.

Thank you DeKalb County EMA for the continued confidence in our planning system and our methodology!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week: A Reminder to All to Plan for Mother Nature’s Fury

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week. And even though it will draw to a close on May 12th, FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are encouraging everyone—individuals, families, businesses and communities—to ready themselves for for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It officially starts on June 1st and runs all the way through November.

Like FEMA and NOAA, BOLDplanning knows that hurricanes don’t just affect coastal areas. Torrential rain, high winds and deadly tornadoes can take a devastating toll as storms move inland. Who can forget Hurricane Harvey? This record-setting storm dumped copious amounts of rain (anywhere from 40 to 61 inches) in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. It also triggered widespread flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

As a proven leader in emergency, continuity and mitigation planning who’s headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, BOLDplanning knows a thing or two about extreme weather and the need for preparation. This month marks the eight-year anniversary of the historic Nashville flood, during which over 13 ½ inches of rain fell in just 36 hours, and devastated our city.

With the images from this unprecedented weather event forever etched in our minds, the BOLDplanning team looks for every opportunity to encourage severe weather preparedness. Hurricane Preparedness Week is one of those times.

So, whether your organization is located along the Atlantic coast or 500 miles away, use this time to plan ahead for all that Mother Nature can, and inevitably will, dish out. And don’t stop there. Strive to create a culture of preparedness that extends the whole year through. That’s our number one goal at BOLDplanning, and we want to make it a reality for your public or private sector organization.

Visit us online or call 615.469.5558 to schedule a no-obligation discussion about your organization’s emergency and continuity planning needs. Or, if you are attending the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, next week, stop by and see us in Booth #330.

Also visit ready.gov for severe weather preparedness tips, and download FEMA’s 2018 Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit. If the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is anything like last year, you’ll be glad you did.

Sevierville, TN Chooses BOLDplanning for Emergency Operations Planning

The area around Sevierville, TN, in the Great Smoky Mountains, is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the United States, and one of the busiest tourist destinations in the southeast. Sevierville chose BOLDplanning to help them make sure they are prepared for the next disaster or disruption.

This week, BOLDplanning CEO Fulton J. Wold and BOLDplanning Vice President for Global Solutions Ed Wolff were on hand to take the next step in creating an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the city.

 

We are proud to be a part of such an important initiative.

Hays County, TX migrates Emergency Operations Plans to cloud based technology

Hays County, TX took a big first step toward strengthening the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Recently, BOLDplanning Global Solutions team member Matt Eyer held a kickoff meeting in San Marcos ahead of detailing roles and responsibilities for Emergency Support Functions (ESF) in our cloud-based planning system. Soon, work will begin on the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) phase of the project, with the cooperation of Emergency Management Coordinator, Kharley Bagley Smith. We are proud to be doing great work in the state of Texas!

 

BOLDplanning hosts Hazards and Risk Assessment Webinar

BOLDplanning Operations Manager Will Minkoff hosted virtual guests for a free 30 minute Hazards and Risk Assessment webinar. These webinars are an opportunity for our subject matter experts to discuss current and important topics for all those that are interested. Interested in joining the next one? Sign up for our mailing list below to receive information about upcoming webinars.

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Senior Home Fire in West Chester, PA: Harsh Reminder of Importance for Emergency Preparedness

The pictures from last week’s massive fire at a senior citizen complex in West Chester, Pennsylvania, tell a terrifying, yet amazing story. The blaze, which all but destroyed parts of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community just outside Pittsburgh, did not claim a single human life. And, according to the latest reports, only about 30 of the complex’ 160 residents even sustained injuries.

These numbers are especially impressive given the size of the fire, along with the age and physical/mental condition of most evacuees.

Clearly, quick action by the complex’s staff and well over 200 local first responders made a huge difference in the outcome. (Things really could have been so much worse.) For that, the BOLDplanning team, like so many others across the country, is very grateful.

BOLDplanning  is a firm believer in the power of emergency preparedness. This is especially true for facilities like the one in Pennsylvania, which must safeguard the sick and the elderly from potential hazards. As such, the company is actively helping healthcare organizations across the country, specifically those receiving Medicare and/or Medicaid funding, to comply with the Congress-approved CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness.

The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule requires certain types of healthcare facilities meet certain basic requirements for Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications, and Training and Testing. Ironically, the ruling just took effect on November 15, 2017, roughly 24 hours before the Pennsylvania fire broke out.

Whether your organization must comply with the CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness, or not, BOLDplanning’s solutions can dramatically improve its readiness to respond to fires, natural disasters or other critical events.

Learn more about BOLDplanning’s Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs), Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) and Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) now. Also, if applicable, download the company’s latest White Paper, CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule:  10 Reasons Why You Need Online Planning Software for Better Compliance now.

At BOLDplanning, our thoughts and prayers remain with those impacted by the senior home fire in West Chester, Pennsylvania. May you all find the strength, courage and care needed in the days ahead.

 

AHEPP 2017: A Word from the Floor

It might be cold and rainy in Dallas, Texas today, but it’s hot inside the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas! Here, hundreds of hospital administrators, emergency preparedness coordinators, RNs and other healthcare professionals are attending AHEPP 2017, an annual event sponsored by the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals.

As expected, everyone (presenters, attendees and vendors alike) are talking about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, which takes effect next week – November 15, 2017. A number of conference sessions are aimed at helping healthcare organizations receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding meet the ruling’s four basic requirements for Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications, and Training and Testing.

Among these sessions is today’s keynote presentation (4-5 pm CDT, Salon D,E,F) to be given by Caecilia Blondioux of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and sponsored by BOLDplanning, a leader in online planning software, including Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs). BOLDplanning is also exhibiting on the conference floor and holding a drawing for a personal drone.

Aside from connecting with peers, everyone looks to be enjoying (and learning from) the many activities, including the tabletop exercises, that are currently underway.

Folks are also being urged to “tweet up a storm,” by following @AHEPP1 and using the hashtag AHEPP2017, as prizes will be awarded to conference attendees with the most tweets. (Who says social media is all bad?)

That’s the word from the floor at AHEPP 2017.

 

2017 IAEM Conference and EMEX Just Around the Corner

With less than two weeks to go, emergency managers participating in the 65th Annual IAEM Conference and EMEX, are clearing their desks (and their heads) for their upcoming trip to Long Beach, California.

Here, from November 10-15, 2017, hundreds of like-minded professionals from around the globe will gain valuable insight into real-life events, best practices, technologies, and developing trends in emergency management.

Among the many presenters scheduled to appear are Gerald Shamburg, Manager, Training and Exercises, Walt Disney Company; Patrick Meyers, Senior Project Manager, Emergency Management, Greater New York Hospital Association; and William B. “Brock” Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

IAEM, the International Association of Emergency Managers, which has more than 6,000 members worldwide, is the preeminent international non-profit organization of emergency management professionals. IAEM is dedicated to promoting the “Principles of Emergency Management” and representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

BOLDplanning, an industry leader in Emergency Operations Planning (EOP), Continuity of Operations Planning/Continuity of Government Planning (COOP/COG) and Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP), will occupy booth #418 during the annual event.

Visitors to the BOLDplanning booth will have the opportunity to meet company founder and CEO, Fulton Wold, CBCP. Other BOLDplanning team members will also be on hand, as will several clients who are more than happy to share their own experiences and offer expert guidance.

Stop by BOLDplanning booth #418 when time allows. Or, schedule some one-on-one time ahead of the conference by emailing info@boldplanning.com today. It will be time well spent!

 

NIMS Third Edition: Hot Off the Presses

Hear ye! Hear ye! On October 10, 2017, FEMA released the third edition of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which serves as the framework of emergency management and incident response for public and private sector organizations across the U.S. So, what does this mean to you?

It means that you now have access to the very latest processes, protocols and procedures to effectively manage “a full spectrum of potential hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity,” as explained by FEMA. And, that you should take the necessary steps to review, understand, and comply with NIMS in order to remain eligible for federal preparedness assistance.

NIMS Third Edition includes pertinent information, including recommendations and best practices, pertaining to three key areas. These are:

  1. Resource Management
  2. Command and Coordination
  3. Communication and Information Management

So, why the update, and why now? FEMA knows all too well that the landscape has changed (and changed drastically) since the original release of NIMS in 2004, and the publishing of its second edition in 2008. Besides, the Agency is charged with “managing and maintaining it in accordance with the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act.”

Per Brock Long, Administrator for FEMA, “…our Nation has made great strides in working together before, during, and after emergencies and planned events.” NIMS Third Edition incorporates these advancements, along with various other best practices and recommendations, to provide relevant, expert guidance to any organization with an active role in emergency management and incident response.

FEMA started the revision process in May 2006. Stakeholder input was obtained through working groups representing over 100 entities from Federal, state, tribal and local governments, the private sector and non-government organizations. Furthermore, stakeholders represented a broad spectrum of emergency management and incident response disciplines.

As stated in NIMS Third Edition, “Three national comment periods were used to gather widespread and diverse stakeholder input for the NIMS document. During the comment periods, more than 280 individuals and organizations provided approximately 6,000 comments. This process allowed the NIC (National Integration Center) to receive and incorporate a wide range of feedback from stakeholders, while maintaining the core concepts of NIMS.”

BOLDplanning Makes NIMS Recommendations

Among those offering recommendations for the refreshed NIMS was BOLDplanning, an industry leader in online planning software for Emergency Operations Planning (EOP), Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Planning (COOP/COG), and Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP). These recommendations pertained to the interpretation of ESF (Emergency Support Function) roles inside the ICS (Incident Command System) model. And, they were adopted!

Want to learn more about NIMS Third Edition? You’re in luck. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars with stakeholders to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to it. All webinars are open to the whole community. For webinar dates, times, and registration information, visit: https://www.fema.gov/latest-news-updates.

Want to learn more about BOLDplanning and its NIMS-compliant online planning solutions, email info@BOLDplanning.com.

And, remember (as the NIC puts so eloquently), “NIMS is about unifying how we respond. In time of crisis, our communities and country count on us to be able to work together as a team. We all must commit to a common way of doing business. And, that way of doing business is NIMS.”