Global’s Update – 06/29/10

The Global Guard: we are live

What happens to the best laid plans of consultants and men after they leave the planning office and must become a bulwark against calamity?

During the H1N1 outbreak in spring of 2009, we were frustrated with the huge volumes of hyperbole, misinformation and, frankly, non-information circulating in the broadcast and online media. Yes it was big news, yes it was worrying, but it wasn’t completely unprecedented. Aliens hadn’t landed on Parliament Hill. The health care community had been anticipating a flu pandemic for some time. Why were so few people consulting with the experts who had been studying this? Where was the analysis?

We envisioned a resource for accurate, level-headed insight and advice for those who were concerned about the flu. Our office was filled with medical and emergency preparedness professionals with years of clinical and field experience, so we started our own H1N1 Blog. As the pandemic tapered off, we realized we liked blogging, and the feedback we received told us it was a valuable tool for understanding. As a group we had much more to discuss than just the pandemic. We’ve provided thousands of lay-rescuers and healthcare professionals with life-saving, advanced cardiac support training and equipment. We’ve mounted preparations and responses to everything from floods and wildfires to plane crashes and suspected terrorist attacks.

Our focus is in preparing and planning for these emergencies. But plans on their own are hollow things. Without feet to carry them and hands to put them into action, they are only academic exercises. The blog here will focus on these things. Ours is a world of the unforeseen discovered and of threats faced; of people hoping to realize their potential as healers and rescuers. It is a world we find dynamic, vital, and endlessly fascinating.

We think you will too. We invite you to comment on any story you read here, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Welcome to the Global Guard.

Preparing for Summer

Flood waters cut Saskatchewan communities off from the Trans-Canada Highway (photo courtesy of the CBC)

After spending almost a week making repairs, highway crews in Alberta and Saskatchewan have managed to reopen the Trans-Canada Highway after large sections of it were washed out by flooding. In southern Ontario, Environment Canada has cancelled this past weekend’s tornado warnings though severe weather warnings are still in effect. As we head into the summer season, the warm weather will bring with it more news headlines of flash floods, storms and forest fire warnings. During these emergencies, it is inevitable that some Canadians will find themselves or their homes cut-off from the rest of their communities for a time. Any household should have supplies to sustain itself for 72 hours while waiting for aid or rescue. Preparing for this doesn’t have to be an exercise in stress or crisis management. You can pick up most of the things you need at the grocery store while stocking up for picnics or vacations. Many of them you probably already possess. For the communities where Global Consulting has prepared emergency response plans, we’ve recommended keeping a bag handy with these things packed so that you can take them with you if you need to evacuate. Visit our website for a quick reference guide to preparing your own Grab-&-Go Kit.

The WHO Pandemic Alert level remains at Phase 6

Influenza A(H1N1) cases and deaths reported by the World Health Organization as of June 20, 2010

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