Habits

It is fascinating how in so many ways habits and cultures permeates our lives.

A few questions…How would Emergency Managers deal with different cultures in their communities? What are the views of different cultures of emergency preparedness? How do you prepare your community by reaching the whole community not just one set or another? How do you as a participant within a group to help your group/culture assist emergency managers by preparing your group? So many more questions.

But, when you are culturally aware of what is around you not only between groups but between how people function in those groups you get a start to understand habits.

What is a Habit?

According to Dictionary.com a Habit is a Noun which is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary”. Think of River and Rocks. As the water flows across the rocks it forms a crevice. The habit is the water going over that rock and forming a crack then that water flowing over and over and over making the crack in the Rock grow steadier bigger and bigger.

Emergency Managers need to function the same way as dealing with cultural awareness in Communities. Getting out in your community understanding others in their setting is key. Emergency Management does not happen in a Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Yes, Do not get me wrong you need a EOC as the brains sort of a Disaster. Emergencies/Disasters happen outside to different groups. Being aware of who is in your communities is vital.

Think about it just the like the water of the crack in the rock so do Emergency Managers need to get out in the community and almost embed themselves constantly. If this embedding keeps happening it becomes a Habit. You have hence become accustomed to people understanding you and your job as a Emergency Managers have become accustomed to knowing their community in a different and unique way.

Habits are important in life and in emergency management. We slowly do the same thing over and over and over again and slowly still it becomes normal and if you stop it almost become strange. A Habit, when for the good, is a great addiction. Especially when it is for the growth of a Community.

So now what?

Get out in your Community become that person that forms the Habit of being more then just a talking head. Be the habit that people understand you and be the person people are not afraid to talk to.

What habits have you come accustomed to in your emergency management life? What lessons can be learned from the habits that you have developed?

PS…

A awesome book on habits that I read and highly recommend is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

National Hazards Center Resources Website

I want to add a really awesome set of resources I came across yesterday via the Natural Hazard Center. I am always looking for new websites and knowledge bases that will help me learn and grow. As a Anthropologist or anyone for that matter it is always good to develop skills in looking for resources, that will be a latter post.

Here is the link to those resources: https://hazards.colorado.edu/resources/web-resources

Let’s here from you. What resources have you developed, found, and/or grown to use on a daily bases to share for others. Let’s help each other learn, grow, and work together to build our own list of practical resources in Anthropology, Emergency Management, and or Disaster Sciences.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

June 2019 is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month

NOTE: I AM NOT A THERAPIST OR PSYCHIATRIST AND DO NOT PRETEND TO BE ONE.

I want to put the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in now. This is a huge service and if you need it here it is, I will repeat it again later:

1-800-273-8255

June is PTSD awareness month and know others with PTSD and know how important it is to get the help that is so needed.

Here are some statistics via the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD:

About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

I want to provide a small list of resources that might help someone. I cannot help everyone but if I touch one person I would have done my job.

Side note: I myself am suffering from mental illnesses and do understand what PTSD is first hand. I feel for those that have it and need the help. Know you are not alone! You are NOT alone!

Resources;

NAMI on PTSD

Psychology Today on PTSD

ADAA on PTSD

NIH regarding PTSD

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Environmental and Historical Issues in Emergency Management

Mason Mill Park, Atlanta, GA 05/2019 (Taken by Me)

So, I was taking a long walk, a long walk, meaning I did not know one Mason Mill Park pairs up with Medlock Park. Well lets just say I found that out the hard way.

Anyway, It did give me time to think about the environment and historical structures liked pictured above. I thought there are a lot of issues in Emergency Management (EM) and what the effects are on the environment.

In 1933 to 1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the New Deal into law and it became a staple of work during the Depression for much of society and structures we know today. Without that Deal I do not think we would have some vital things we take for granted today, i.e. the Interstate Highway System including some Bridges, the start of the saving of Historical Structures and Sites, etc.

Take a look at this article from The Balance to learn more about the New Deal.

I want to provide a few resources that might of interest to people that deals with the cross of environment issues and emergency management. One thing you will notice on this blog is I provide a huge amount of resources. I love to collect websites, research articles, etc. Hope this information helps!

EPA’s Role in Emergency Response

Emergency Response via the CDC

Environmental Emergencies

Environmental Health Services (EHS)

Here is a few course by FEMA Independent Study. These are great and valuable courses for any Emergency Manager or growing Emergency Managers or for others that just want to learn and grow in Disaster Sciences.

Last I also want to provide a great list of Training institutions, Agencies, and Organizations that FEMA has. Please take full advantage of these resources to learn and grow in all aspects of Emergency Management.

https://www.fema.gov/training

Small but Mighty

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978), American Cultural Anthropologist

I love this quote and think that it shows what could be. In society today we are surrounded by fantasies, theories, and a general sense of being unconformable about who we are and really what we are. I feel that this is were Anthropologist, Sociologists, Historians, Psychologists, etc. come in. We all can help people understand and grow comfortable with who we are and our surroundings. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be in life today, Happy. We are all conditioned in today’s society to question, sometimes too much, get confused, start arguments, sometimes the arguments get more physical, then calm down. I don’t think in society today people are happy. Do we really know what happiness is? That is gorilla in the room question.

Take a look at this Ted Talk about hppiness and what really makes people happy.

Would love to hear from you…

Are you happy? What makes you happy? What advice do you have about happiness and how to achieve it?