Take a Break see some Art; Self-care

I am no way a psychologist or therapist just wanted to be vulnerable a moment and I hope it helps others.

So I took a break for a while on some social media platforms. I was pretty close to getting addicted to social media specifically Facebook. I deactivated my account to help me.

I want to share a insight about a lesson I learned that will hopefully help you. Take a break from social media!

I was so social media heavy that I was not exploring and learning about me. It was actually starting to effect me in different ways. Lesson leaned take care of #1!

Do not be afraid to learn and explore. I learned that and it is so helping me. I look at art virtually now because of COVID. I write how it makes me feel.

Also, I was on social media so much that I was not training in my professional life or exploring what my hobby interests might be. Volunteering is awesome! Helping others and it really does brings a smile to your face! It is a real feeling.

I say all this because I want to explain that health and wellness for me is now a top priority. In my opinion self-care should a top priority for everyone.

Here is a list of 6 websites and articles that list free virtual museums.

Hope you take a break and enjoy!

Have fun!

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours

https://www.google.com/amp/s/worldofwanderlust.com/virtual-museums-10-museums-you-can-visit-online/amp/

https://artsandculture.google.com/

https://www.theactivetimes.com/virtual-tour-landmark

https://www.google.com/amp/s/blog.cheapism.com/historic-sites-virtual-tours/amp/

https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park

Love you all!

CDC Geo-Spatial Data

I have been looking up databases with free and open source information. I came across this site for various kinds of public health professionals and wanted to share. It has a plethora of information and links that are very cool and valuable.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Geo-Spatial Data Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/gisx/resources/geo-spatial-data.html

Have fun exploring! Know I am!

Hurricane Season

Guess it is Hurricane Season now and its time to start to really watch the Tropics. We have already had at least 2 named storms even before June 1st this year, 2020.

Some statistics… [1]

North Carolina

Tropical Cyclones between 1851 – 2019 there were a total of 382 storms that affected North Carolina with a average of 2.26 storms per year.

In Florida

There were about 500 storms that affected Florida between 1851 and 2019 with a average of 2.96 storms per year.

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Here are some resources and articles to continue to prepare for 2020 Hurricane Season…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hurricane Season Information

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html

Ready

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

American Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/preparedness.html

Insurance Information Institute

https://www.iii.org/article/preparing-hurricane

National Hurricane Season

https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

AccuWeather

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to Be More Active Than Usual, NOAA Says

https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/2020-05-21-atlantic-hurricane-season-april-outlook-noaa-the-weather-company

What’s in store for hurricane season 2020? Forecasters expect ‘above average’ storm activity.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/02/hurricane-forecast-2020-eight-hurricanes-predicted-form/5110828002/

Hurricane Names – How Are Hurricanes Named?

https://geology.com/hurricanes/hurricane-names.shtml

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[1] Hurricanes: Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2020, from https://climate.ncsu.edu/climate/hurricanes/statistics

Emergency Operations Center Foundations and Culture

I believe in the basics and building a foundation. A teacher of mine said that if you have a house fine you have a house. But, What foundation is that house built on? What is the question then how do we rebuild a house if it is on a shaky foundation already. You don’t remove the house, if possible. The key is stabilization of the house.

Same goes with a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) what is the culture within your house? How can you as the Director or Deputy Director build a firmer foundation that may already exist?

Two specific areas I think are most valuable in this effort…

  • Feedback
  • Continuous Improvement

What feedback can you get from those already in your house and how do you apply that feedback? With that feedback how can you do continuous improvement and what does that look like? I, in my own opinion, would say that the human interaction and team building is the most important thing to build. The courses and training will come because of the job. It is that human culture within the EOC that I see as the key to success during a disaster situation.

That saying team work makes dream work speaks volumes to me.

Statistics…

  • Employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work.
  • Disengaged employees cost U.S. companies up to $550 billion a year.

Couple of other things…

I recently took this course and thought it was really well done and something to help build that foundation. Nothing like the basics:

IS-2200: Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions
https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-2200

Know a lot of use work remotely or in the field and we are always looking for ways to come together within the field and with in our own organizations. Saw this article on Hubspot and wanted to share.

Working Remotely? Try These 35 Tools for Better Communication, Collaboration, and Organization
https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/remote-work-tools

Sources:

Hubspot, https://www.hubspot.com/
Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/
Emergency Management Intitute, https://training.fema.gov/emi.aspx

What are your thoughts on this? What do you think are keys to building that foundation in a EOC? How do you build your foundation in your organization?

GIS Applications and Uses

Wanted to get this out real quick. Something I found that is really useful, educational, and helpful on so many other levels.

It is a page that has 1000 GIS applications and uses. I have been going through this list and have found it facilitating. So cool this was done! I had no idea about some of this and the skill and knowledge transfer is limitless.

Great job GISGeography.com!!!!

Link:

1000 GIS Applications & Uses – How GIS Is Changing the World

Children and COVID-19

I want to post a couple of things about children and the COVID-19 pandemic. How to talk to kids and questions that kids might have. Its scary right now for anyone but especially for kids and kids with disabilities. These are all in the form of resources that I hope will in some small way help you, your family and especially your children about these times.

General Awareness

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) on COVID-19

Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know via Yale School of Medical

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis via Child Mind Institute

Supporting Children and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Kids and Disabilities

OCD/COVID-19: Resources for Kids, Teens, and Families

Advice for caregivers of children with disabilities in the era of COVID-19 via American Psychological Association

‘I hate COVID-19’: Kids with disabilities struggle to adjust as schools close

National Center for Learning Disabilities on resources for COVID19

Are Special Education Services Required in the Time of COVID-19? via American Bar Association

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Short list of Pandemics in History

Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’.

– Swami Sivananda

Without an adequate response, an epidemic can develop into a pandemic, which generally means it has spread to more than one continent.

Alan Huffman

I want to share some information on the history of pandemics. I know that COVID-19 is happening currently which got me thinking about other pandemics that happened throughout history.

First, What is the definition of a pandemic?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) speaking about the Flu it is a “worldwide spread of a new disease“. I am sure there is a lot more to it then that. I am in no way a Doctor nor do I pretend to be one. I would love to learn what others say is the definition of a Pandemic?

After some searching i came across a pretty interesting list of the worst pandemics in history, I know we can add more to this list. Here they are [1]:

HIV/AIDS Pandemic (at its peak, 2005-2012)
Flu Pandemic (1968)
Asian Flu (1956-1958)
Flu Pandemic (1918)
Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911)
Flu Pandemic (1889-1890)
Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860)
The Black Death (1346-1353)
Plague of Justinian (541-542)
Antonine Plague (165 AD)

Lets keep in mind that every pandemic is bad and that no pandemic is good. I wanted to just list a few of the historic pandemics that might give pause to what has happened in the past.

Here are a few more articles about pandemics that might shed some light on their history:

https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/pandemics-timeline

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/worst-pandemics-in-history

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-02-10-a-short-history-recent-pandemics

What pandemics do you see as significant pandemics in history? What is your definition of Pandemic?

Looking forward to hearing from you!


[1] Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History | MPH Online. (2012). MPH Online. https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/

Weather Radar Resources

via National Weather Service in Jacksonville, FL

Wanted to share a couple of awesome weather radar links I found and one of air qualifty. See below for the links to get directly toward the maps.

What weather radar resources do you use?

Radar Data Map from NOAA

NWS Geographic Information Services (GIS) via Esri

Air VIsual

disastersrus Website of Resources

Just found this website and wanted to share. It is a awersome set of resources of all kinds that deal with disaster and emergency management specifically. Many of the topics I have found on the site I did not know about.

Here is the website:

http://www.disastersrus.org/

What valuable resource have you found that would benefit other emergency managers? Would love to see them and others could benefit as well.

Have a great day!

Definition of Disability

What is the definition of a “Disabiltiy”?

I sometimes wonder this based on what others perceive and what I ask myself. I have a number of issues but do not consider them disabilities but challenges. Why should something that sounds like something hard and almost negative stop anyone. From my perspective it should not.

So, What is the definition of a disability?

According to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 signed into law by George H. W. Bush which falls under Title 42 Chapter 126 Sec. 12102. The definition of a disability is as follows:

a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual

Title 42 Chapter 126 Sec. 12102

But, I had many question on definitions of other words that deal with challenges and disabilities. The ADA National Network has a great list of definitions and very well done.

Here is a great video, although done in 2010, still has great information.

What are your questions regarding the ADA? What resources do you use do have that would help others? What is your thoughts about the ADA in 2019?

Here is the video I mentioned: