Lockdown? Shelter-in-place? Hold and Secure?

Pop quiz!

You are the Chief Emergency Warden of a workplace two blocks from an escalating protest. The crowd could become unruly and shift toward to your building. You decide to lock the exterior doors, close blinds, advise employees of the situation and ask them to remain indoors, away from exterior windows, until the protest has been resolved. You place signs in the main doors advising that your business is closed until further notice.

Now, from the list below, which procedure did you just perform?

  • Lockdown
  • Shelter-in-Place
  • Hold and Secure

Chances are, regardless of which you chose, a significant number of your peers will have chosen something else. Your answer was likely determined by some combination of your organization’s own terminology, when and where you were trained in emergency management, and your role within emergency management.Picture Blog May 2015

The inconsistency of emergency management terminology across industries, geography, and various schools of thought may create additional confusion or miscommunication during an emergency, thereby placing people and property at risk. We, as an industry, should strive for common terminology among roles and organizations to mitigate this risk.

Vanguard EMC’s presentation at the upcoming DRIE Ottawa’s 2015 Annual Conference will address this inconsistency and will appeal for a push toward standardization in terminology across the industry.

How do you define these terms? Which publications do you consider ‘authoritative’ on EM terminology? Have you witnessed inconsistent communication cause harm in your organization? Please comment below or join us June 3rd in Ottawa!

(My answer: Hold and Secure)

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The Multi Purpose Emergency Tool at DRIE Ottawa Conference

 

Thank-you to everyone who provided us with new idea’s for our multi purpose tool at DRIE Ottawa June 2014. Vanguard EMC Inc recommends including equipment within your emergency operations centre or recovery kit(s) that can be used for a variety of purposes.  This will often make your kit smaller, lighter and easier to store.  As part of our promotional items, Vanguard gives away a free multipurpose item. These six ideas were suggested to us today:

  • Rain Gauge: Place outside on the ground to collect rain.
  • Gopher hole cover: To keep the critters in.
  • Wheel for my little red wagon?
  • Automotive oil catcher: Drip, drip, drip…
  • Bright Bird Bath:
  • Flower pot dish:
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If you think of more uses for this item, please let us know below. To obtain your free multipurpose tool speak with us at the DRIE Ottawa annual conference in June or at any of the quarterly meetings.

The Many Uses of the Vanguard EMC Inc. Multi Purpose Emergency Tool

 

Vanguard EMC Inc recommends including equipment within your emergency operations centre or recovery kit(s) that can be used for a variety of purposes.  This will often make your kit smaller, lighter and easier to store.  As part of our promotional items, Vanguard gives away a free multipurpose item that can be used as a:

 

  • Plate
  • Water Dish: Place outside on the ground to collect rain.
  • Umbrella: Place inverted over head to protect from torrential downpours.
  • Communication accelerator: Print message, tape to disk and throw to intended recipient.
  • Communication deterrent: Aim at nose of speaker and throw hard.
  • Stress Alleviator: Keeps children, pets and Senior Management relaxed.
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If you think of more uses for this item, please let us know below. To obtain your free multipurpose tool speak with us at the DRIE Ottawa annual conference in June or at any of the quarterly meetings.

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