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Friday, August 26, 2011

Disaster Preparedness begins at home...

It is clear from the current weather models and forecasts that Hurricane Irene has the potential to create significant havoc and devastation for the East Coast. Hopefully the cities, counties, and states affected have sufficient Major Incident Response Plans in place to deal with the real-time events that may be caused by the storm’s landfall. Additionally, after the storm, Disaster Response Plans will be required to direct and sustain the rescue and clean-up efforts should that be required.

This post is not about Incident Response or Disaster Recovery though. Instead it concerns our personal responsibility as individuals to plan and prepare for an event as significant as a hurricane prior to its arrival. An East Coast Storm of this magnitude is a very rare event. As such, most of the folks that will be affected have no prior experience or knowledge to guide them. If you are in the storm’s path please take this event seriously…it could save your life and the lives of your loved ones. (I say this as an individual who experienced Hurricane Andrew first hand as a member of the USAF stationed in Biloxi Mississippi).

If you are in the path of Irene check out these links for tips on Disaster Preparedness (thanks to Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit). Also for real-time updates on the storm's status and progress, visit weather blogger Brendon Loy's site, Weather Nerd.

UPDATE 8/29/11:  Silly me, I neglected to point you to BraunsBlog's official Disaster Preparedness Checklist, courtesy of Bruce F Webster.  Download a copy and keep it handy.  You'll never know when it might be needed, until it is.

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Braun Tacon

1:43 pm pdt 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Through the Looking Glass...

Up is down.  Left is right.  Black is White!

Perception is often not reality, although many of us humans believe that to be the case.  Just like Alice learned during her time in Wonderland, what we see or believe is not always the truth and often the real truth is as plain as the nose on our face if we would just take the time to question and understand.

Go here and see just what I mean.  Curiouser and curiouser.

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Braun Tacon

10:43 am pdt 

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About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon.  Husband, father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management.  Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).

Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!

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