Friday, August 26, 2011
Disaster Preparedness begins at home...
1:43 pm pdt
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.
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
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
More to follow...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Through the Looking Glass...
10:43 am pdt
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.
More to follow...
musings on specific topics. The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.
That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.
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!
All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.