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It’s All About APPEARANCE. Never Forget It.

Cops vs. firefighters strikes again. Dave Statter (@Statter911) recently posted a citizen video of a police officer “assisting” a citizen out of his overturned vehicle. The video, shown here, APPEARS to show a vehicle on its side underneath a presumably compromised overhang struck by said vehicle.

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Syncing Command and Collaboration

Commander or collaborator? In the realm of managing emergency incidents both functions have to happen to make emergency incidents safely go away. Yet, we always assign an “incident commander”, someone responsible – organizationally and legally – for the emergency response. ...

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Mike Tyson Is Right

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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson. I saw this quote while scanning an excellent article in the Harvard Business Journal about the changing dynamics of business command and control, often referred to ...

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Get Going

Government agencies don’t hold a candle to big companies selling products. Case in point, this article. Today, large corporations are spending millions on social media advertising strategies. But, with this expenditure comes a price…time. As the article notes, it can ...

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The Buck Stops With Them

The response to the tragic Oso Mudslide continues, and rescue efforts are transitioning to recovery.  Continued heavy rains are only making the situation worse for the search and recovery teams post holing in the dangerous muck. It has now clear ...

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And That’s The Way It Is

I recently sat in on a business webinar on crisis communications. The word “control” was used a lot. The presenters, experienced and well spoken media professionals, accurately described the light speed evolution of how news is being reported, driven by ...

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Drones, Hoaxes and Skeptics Oh My

Two fascinating social media and technology news stories broke over the Thanksgiving holiday making for a target rich blogging environment. Amazon drones Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, is a pretty shrewd showman by taking the opportunity on 60 Minutes to introduce ...

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Yippee Ki-Yay!

“Factors obstructing the adoption of crowdsourcing, social media, and digital volunteerism approaches often include uncertainty about accuracy, fear of liability, inability to translate research into operational decision-making, and policy limitations on gathering and managing data. Prior to the workshop, many ...

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Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

Just after 7 p.m. Thursday I got a text from my daughter; “What do you know about the Skagit River bridge collapse?”  Whoah! Flipping on the TV my worst commuter fears were confirmed.  My thoughts immediately turned to friends and ...

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