Rethinking Recovery

Rethinking Recovery

It’s cliche, but recovery starts at the moment that something bad happens. If you fall down and break your leg, nobody says “oh, just wait a bit before getting medical attention”; you get the help that you need when you most need it. In a disaster, there is almost unanimous agreement that recovery starts as soon as the incident happens. I fundamentally agree with this, and in a broad sense even response activities can be classified as ‘recovery’ interventions of some sort….

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Interoperability: out with the old

Interoperability: out with the old

This is the first in a series of blogs (three I think) in which I’m trying to organise my thoughts on Interoperability ahead of being a panel member at the 3rd UK Resilience Conference. That means it runs the risk of being a little bit word-vomity…sorry. “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think…

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30 Days 30 Ways – Day 5

30 Days 30 Ways – Day 5

Today’s challenges are going to take a bit of creativity given that I’m currently not at home, bear with me if I’ve taken a flexible approach to the rules! UK Challenge 5 – Smoke Alarms Save Lives  Two of my housemates routinely send panicky messages to our WhatsApp group about hair straighteners which may have been left on. Fortunately they never have been to date, but I completely understand why fire risk in private rented accommodation is above average! We’ve…

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30 Days 30 Ways: Day 4

30 Days 30 Ways: Day 4

I’m currently in Spain, so will be trying to inject a bit of Iberian flavour to the next couple of blogs. Here’s my responses to today’s challenges. UK Challenge 4 – Who you gonna call? The instructions or the fourth 30Days 30 Ways UK task state: Make sure that children and young people you know their address so that they can tell the emergency services. As a bonus, @NorthantsFCR who will be tweeting about real calls – your challenge is to identify…

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30 Days 30 Ways: Day 3

30 Days 30 Ways: Day 3

And I was like, I mean, this is exhausting, blogging every day! Thankfully, NorthantsEPTeam and CRESA have done all the hard work and I don’t have to actually think about coming up with ideas, just ordering my thoughts into something vaguely logical! Blogging professionally must be really difficult! UK Challenge 3 – Risk of Flooding?  Today’s challenge requires me to Check to see if your home is at risk from flooding by going to the NCC Floodtoolkit website. As a bonus, have…

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30 Days 30 Ways: Day 2

30 Days 30 Ways: Day 2

My self-imposed task to complete the UK and USA challenges continues… UK Challenge 2 – Talk to your children about road safety and share a road safety message on social media If you’ve experienced crossing a street with me you’ll know that I take road safety very seriously. Sadly my cautiousness hasn’t rubbed off on one of my friends, who has been hit by a car on four occasions (fortunately not seriously). I know the Green Cross Code is a thing…but if I’m…

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30 Days 30 Ways – UK vs USA

30 Days 30 Ways – UK vs USA

You may remember that I participated in the American initiative 30 Days 30 Ways last September. It’s a monthly series of daily challenges designed to be simple tasks to help improve emergency preparedness. This year, colleagues in Northamptonshire have also developed a UK version. Having a local version of the game is great. I found lots of the challenges last year rather difficult and the reason that I gave for this was down to different structures and practices. However, I drew this…

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