June 27, 2020

Disaster Preparedness Part 1- Know your risks

Disaster Preparedness Part 1- Know your risks

In this 1st of 3 part solo series. I go over the know your risk portion of Disaster Preparedness. I recommend to do the exercise in the episode to have two sheets of paper and a pen.

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Those are the three main ones.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":48.0,"body":"If you go online, there's tons of different resources, tons of different ways to prepare for disasters or emergencies. And I'm in no way purporting to be some type of expert\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":60.0,"body":"I will talk a bit about my background. So I can justify, you know, what, what the hell do I know about this topic? I've been a volunteer with a world renowned disaster relief organization for over 10 years.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":75.0,"body":"I've responded to national level disasters, regional and local level disasters. I have no international deployments. So I can't speak on that really. And I've done these sort of things in a frontline and a managerial capacity. In the past, I've also done some presentations to different organizations on disaster preparedness. These presentations are about a couple hours long.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":101.0,"body":"And we'll see how long this runs for knowing your risks is probably going to be a little bit shorter than the planning part and then making a kit. Another key thing to note is I've also been involved in public safety for about eight years now.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":116.0,"body":"And I've responded to emergency incidents as well.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":120.0,"body":"Before that, I was also in the private sector security for a few years, I worked at college campus. And I also did some security work at private factories. Why this plays any type of key part is that whenever you're doing any type of physical security, guarding of any sort, you have to know the contingency plans, you have to know the plans for the building, things like that. And we'll get into that a little bit more later.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":148.0,"body":"I want to also say too, that with this podcast episode, I'm trying something a little bit different. I'm actually going to be going live with this episode on a app called periscope that's available on Twitter. I don't know if I'll have anyone listening that's currently sitting at zero, just trying out some different technology here. The other type of experience I have that gives a little bit of kind of credence to what I'm going to talk about is that I've also have some time in the armed forces, not in a combat related capacity.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":180.0,"body":"But there's a lot of risk management involved with that. And then finally, I have a bachelor's in Justice Studies.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":189.0,"body":"And I also have a diploma in law and Security Administration, college diploma. So a lot of these courses that were in there relate directly to risk management, planning, and having the right equipment as well.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":205.0,"body":"I will say that there is no substitute for real life experience. The classroom is great to get that baseline knowledge. But at the end of the day, it's just classroom.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":216.0,"body":"Reality is much, much different than the classroom, tabletop exercises. role plays.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":225.0,"body":"Reality is reality. But it's very key to work on those things, and we'll talk about that later on. So without out of the way, let's get started. This will be the first of the three part series\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":240.0,"body":"It's part one of three called knowing your risks. The majority of people believe that they're prepared.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":248.0,"body":"And in some ways they've done some risk management. Every single day we do risk management or risk risk evaluation. We do it every single time we get in the car and we put our seatbelt on. We do it every time we take a shower and we unplug the hairdryer. First.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":268.0,"body":"We take all sorts of steps to reduce risk on a daily basis.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":276.0,"body":"But before we can reduce those risks, we have to know about the risks first. And like I said, the majority of people think that they're prepared. You talk to people, yeah, I'm prepared. I'm ready for just about anything. But are they really statistics and the studies show a different picture than what people say to get started with this. I want you to\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":300.0,"body":"Get a piece of paper, I want you to put a line down the middle. So give you a quick second here to get a piece of paper, you're actually probably going to need a couple sheets of paper for this. So hopefully by now you've gotten a sheet of paper. This part's important because we're actually going to work through this together. And what we're going to do is we're going to put a line down the middle of that piece of paper, split it in half, one side, you're going to have one column at the top, I want you to put natural on the other side, I want you to put manmade.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":335.0,"body":"Now we're going to take a quick minute here, and I want you to write down as many as you can think, for each category. What's a natural disaster.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":345.0,"body":"So example could be a forest fire, earthquake, flooding, anything that's considered a natural disaster could be an animal attack.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":356.0,"body":"I really want you to think on it. Just\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":360.0,"body":"Put as much stuff down as you can. On the manmade side, it could be something as crazy as a nuclear meltdown.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":369.0,"body":"It could be something as simple as a robbery, you have to remember that the definition of a disaster is anything that's unexpected, that you wouldn't have had previous time necessarily to plan for. And when I say that, you come home from work, and your significant other tells you while we're getting a divorce, well, that's a disaster.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":395.0,"body":"That was not expected. It was not planned for and now you have to manage that risk, you have to manage that situation.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":404.0,"body":"So it's not simple enough to say that a disaster is just a forest fire. It's something extravagant, like a comet from space or something like along those lines.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":414.0,"body":"disasters happen every single day.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":418.0,"body":"So when you're\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":420.0,"body":"Making your list I really want you to think about these different things. So now I want you to write down\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":426.0,"body":"on a separate sheet of paper,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":429.0,"body":"the words probability of occurring underneath I want you to write the letter, sorry, the number one\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":438.0,"body":"and highly unlikely to occur, then the number two underneath that, unlikely to occur\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":446.0,"body":"underneath that, number three likely to occur. And then number four, very likely to occur.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":454.0,"body":"So write those things down. After you've written that down, underneath that write out severity of event. And then underneath that, number one, not severe. Number two, limited severity. Number three, severe and number four, very severe. Now for some people here that are involved in risk management, I businesses\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":480.0,"body":"This will be, you'll know where I'm going with this.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":484.0,"body":"Again, we're looking at the basics here. For some people, there's some very complicated models that are out there. I've seen a few of them,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":492.0,"body":"they can get very, very complicated, they can get very in depth.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":497.0,"body":"But for right now, we're going to stick to the basics.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":503.0,"body":"So I want you to go back to your list that you made. And on the side of natural,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":510.0,"body":"I like you to circle which you believe to be the top five from each category.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":520.0,"body":"Now, it's what you believe is the top five, your definition of high risk might be different than someone else's your location. There's so many factors at play. Okay, so hopefully you've circled your top five.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":537.0,"body":"What I want you to do is beside each one\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":540.0,"body":"I want you to put the letter P, leave a space, letter S and leave a little bit of a space. What I want you to do is I want you to look at the chart that you made on the second page. And for probability, I want you to score it on how likely you believe it is to occur for each one.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":561.0,"body":"And then after you've done that, think for a few minutes, how severe each one is, don't base it off necessarily the severity for everyone, base it off severity, for yourself, for your family, for the immediate people around you, how severe is that going to be?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":580.0,"body":"Because again, everyone's situation is different. So once you've done that, what you've done now is you've actually done a basic risk assessment. Now, what you should do from here on your own time, is you should actually develop your own\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":600.0,"body":"risk assessment for each and every item on that list, and more.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":606.0,"body":"That's the easy part. The difficult part comes next. And again, when it comes to disaster preparedness, this is the dry stuff.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":616.0,"body":"This is the stuff that people tend to find very dry, and tends to get less focus than the other areas.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":627.0,"body":"It's fun building a kit. It's a lot of fun. But you can make knowing your risks. Fun even for kids, done presentations for Girl Guides, they have to get their disaster preparedness badge. So you split them up into groups, you give them a piece of full scrap paper, one group will have man made and you'll give them a definition of that a simple definition, something that's caused by a person\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":656.0,"body":"and then you'll have the other group and\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":660.0,"body":"You'll see natural things caused by nature. And then you let them make their list. And they come up with some pretty wild examples that zombies under man made once.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":674.0,"body":"There's some pretty sad ones two, nuclear annihilation was mentioned the one time, that's a pretty scary thing for a child to be worrying about. But it's a possibility. Again, you can sit down with your family, and you can work on this. It shouldn't be one person, the household working on this.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":693.0,"body":"And people say, Well, I don't have time.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":696.0,"body":"You don't have time to ensure the safety of your family.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":701.0,"body":"I think you can probably find time for that. And it's not too difficult not anymore. 20 years ago, wouldn't have been that difficult either. 30 probably.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":714.0,"body":"But with the internet, it's not too difficult to know your risks. So the final part\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":720.0,"body":"This is to do your research. This is the most important part.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":727.0,"body":"Once you've identified the key risks, it's your job to do the research. I want to emphasize it's not the government's job.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":740.0,"body":"It's not a charities job.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":744.0,"body":"Being prepared for disasters is your responsibility. no one else's.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":751.0,"body":"The government can aid you.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":755.0,"body":"nonprofits can aid you charities can aid you, the church can provide you with aid.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":761.0,"body":"But at the end of the day, you are responsible\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":766.0,"body":"for your safety and for being prepared.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":772.0,"body":"So when you're doing your research, it's important that you look into the disaster.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":779.0,"body":"Look at it.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":780.0,"body":"Actual probability of occurring for your area, you may think tornadoes is a big deal. However, there might not be a tornado in your area for the last 20 years. So is it good to be prepared for it? Absolutely.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":793.0,"body":"You should it be at the top of your list? Well, that's up to you, I would suggest that you start with the highest probability items.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":804.0,"body":"And you do the research on those, and then work your way down to the lowest probability. And then to top that off as well, highest probability, highest severity, and then work your way down. And I think that is very key to making sure that you're getting the information that you need that's relevant to you. where I'm at. There's no nuclear power plants. I don't have to worry about that.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":832.0,"body":"We're outside the blast radius for Yellowstone National Park. Not a big risk for me. Now, there's\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":840.0,"body":"could be said that something like that happens. There's worldwide implications, sure, but the immediate risk of that disaster is not going to affect me.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":850.0,"body":"So those are things that are not high on my priority list. However, torrential rain, poor forest fires, there's railways that go through through here. So looking at things like crude oil, spillage, ammonia spillage, potentially, again, looking at the risks that are highest for your area and doing the research on them. It's very, very key.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":878.0,"body":"Now what I do is I keep a binder, I have a binder that's split off into a few different sections.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":885.0,"body":"One section is all risk management. I have information that I've gathered from the internet, from government, non government sources,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":894.0,"body":"on all the different risks that I'm most likely to face\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":899.0,"body":"and\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":900.0,"body":"With those risks, I've also looked into what you should do for precautions.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":905.0,"body":"I've looked into the the type of equipment you might need if those things happen, who's there to help if those things happen?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":916.0,"body":"Those are all things that you're responsible for knowing. Again, you can't rely on other people to save you\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":924.0,"body":"in the event of a disaster, but it's also good to not to just think about\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":930.0,"body":"a disaster in the context of just you personally. You also need to think about the disaster in the context of your workplace, school, your kids school, even your daily commute to work, and back. If you're going to go travel to another country, you should do a risk assessment before you go there. What are the hazards of that country?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":955.0,"body":"Now we'll talk in the next section about making a plan and what that looks like.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":961.0,"body":"But you should have done your research for all of it. Now, your company will have policies in place. However, while it's good to know your company's policies, you should do your own risk assessment because the company policy is overlooking the grand overarching management of a disaster. They're not looking specifically at your cubicle, in your office or your workstation or your factory, or your desk, your school, what type of risk assessment is there, they're looking at the overall grand picture. And you have a right to know all of that information. If you're at at your workplace, you have a right to know, your school, your children's school, you should ask. It's your responsibility to know this stuff. So you should ask what is the policy for this? What is the procedures for this?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1020.0,"body":"Okay, takes the bus to school, what are the what are what risk mitigation has been done? What's the risk assessment look like?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1029.0,"body":"But again,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1030.0,"body":"never substitute the organization's knowledge for your own knowledge. You have to know your stuff. And people might say, oh, you're paranoid. People might say, you know, family members, they're not as invested as you. So they're saying, Okay, well, you know, it's another, another side project. Well, you're looking at your safety and your health.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1054.0,"body":"You can't put a price on that. Would you rather do watch Netflix or work on something that could potentially save your life?\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1063.0,"body":"I would recommend getting a binder and keeping all the information and letting your kids know two kids fear what they don't know. However, they know they're more prepared to deal with it. And I think that's very key.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1080.0,"body":"I guess the last thing I'm going to talk about on this subject is just updating. If you move if things change in circumstance, you have to change with it. You can't just, I know have a case where there was an organization. Someone went there to help them work on some emergency planning. Thank goodness they they went to help them because they went in there and said, okay, where's your contingency plans, that sort of stuff. And they pulled out a old binder from the 1980s blew off the dust and cracked it open with that side paper with a with the holes in it like it was off a typewriter or an old fax machine? Oh, yeah, right here. Well, half those people that are listed in there as contacts don't even work there anymore. Or they've moved on to different positions or there's been new roadways built there's, there's so much has changed. Again, emergency and disaster preparedness can quite often be\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1140.0,"body":"Be an area that gets overlooked. It's not glamorous, it's tedious.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1147.0,"body":"Especially if you're an organization, if you're an organization listening to this, and\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1152.0,"body":"you have to get contracts in place. Yes, it's getting agreements done. It's tedious and it's not fun.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1160.0,"body":"But at the end of the day, it needs to be done. Because when you don't do it,\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1166.0,"body":"what's Murphy's Law? The thing you didn't prepare for is probably what's going to happen. that pretty much wraps up my first episode on this. And no, it's not the not the most fun topic. It's a little bit drier than the others. But this is how you build the foundation.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1185.0,"body":"So the next topic we'll be talking about next time is planning. Make a plan. This one is a good topic, a little bit less dry than this one. However, of course, it's not as fun as making a kick because everyone\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1200.0,"body":"Making the kit part. So if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message and email, I'll do the best that I can to answer them. I know for some people that are watching this on Periscope later on since all mine are going to be saved. Or if you're listening to the podcast and you understand this stuff, you might say, Okay, well this is a little bit simplistic. Yes, but keeping it simple is good. Because when you keep it simple, everyone understands and the complicated models that people produce. That's for big business. That's encompassing a whole variety of extra factors that everyday people don't necessarily need to consider at the time now for knowing your risks for a business, especially a big business. That's a very complicated subject and people go to school for many years to learn about because there's an campuses\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1260.0,"body":"Financial and confidentiality with personal records and all sorts of additional factors that the everyday person may not necessarily need to worry about as much.\r\n\r"},{"speaker":"Unknown Speaker ","startTime":1272.0,"body":"So with that, I'm off and thanks again for listening. I really appreciate it.\r\n\r\nTranscribed by https://otter.ai\r\n"}]}