Preparation is the best way to prevent panic.
Newmarket, NH (PRWEB) September 26, 2012
PHI Management Solutions Inc works with schools and consumers to develop and resource emergency plans, supplies, and training. Ralph Huber, The president of PHI Management Solutions along with the rest of the training team, just completed work with several early learning programs in New Hampshire. Once school was the Somersworth Early Learning Center in Somersworth NH. At the end of their planning and training sessions Dawn Collins, the School Director, said that "we could not have done this without them... their professionalism, skills, and experience were exactly what we needed. Plus they taught us how to integrate safety and preparedness into our school marketing plan." She went on to explain that the whole emergency planning process was "scary and seemed complicated. The PHI team however, simplified it, helped us develop our plan and then conduct the hands on training we needed to really understand it."
PHI Management Solutions emergency planning and training programs are rooted in real world experience. The partnership team of Ralph Huber, Gill Colon, and James Moody are all military veterans with over 90 years of service combined. Each have extensive experience in planning, operations, and command. In addition, they have extensive experience in coordinating disaster response. The PHI Management Solutions extended network also includes specialty services for communications, pets, medical information and more. They also supply all of their clients logistical needs in preparation for an emergency. They stock a complete line of U.S. Coast Guard approved, food and water, along with virtually anything else needed to shelter a few people up to hundreds. And, most recently they began retailing a citizen line of home emergency kits as well. Colon, Senior Vice President and the team's logistical expert, said that it was a natural extension of that we were already doing with our commercial clients.
Jim Moody, Vice President of Operations and Training, said that "after we reviewed the news articles and various commission reports following recent disasters we observed that the most common comments reflected that governments at all levels were slow to respond and were not fully prepared." For this reason, It is important that every town, community, and citizen have an understanding of what they need to do to prepare for emergencies and disasters. He went on to explain that this is not an indictment of government. In fact, he said, "we have the best planners and emergency response system in the world." But, it is important to acknowledge that no government agency can respond everywhere and immediately. It takes time to stage resources and build capability."
This is why PHI Management Solutions Inc formed in 2011. Their goal is to fill the void left by big government and large contractors. Huber said that “all disasters are local. Small towns and citizens are on the front lines of emergency response and that is where we focus our efforts”. Moody explained that in most cases, training starts out with “simply understanding the terms emergency, disaster, and catastrophe”. He explained, without getting into the complicated legal definitions outlined in the Stafford Act, emergencies are generally a local events that local responders are able to handle. A disaster exceeds local level capabilities, and a catastrophe quickly overwhelms all levels of response.
According to Colon, the key to training success is to simplify things into easy to learn information nuggets and then to make them practical and relative to the group you are working with. Then push them at least one step beyond what they planned to do. Collins, from Somesrworth Early Learning, said that the "a fire drill usually ended when we left the building. No one ever asked what will you do if the building is really on fire... these guys did and we realized that our plan needed work." In addition, she said, "we learned how to apply the Incident Command System and how to get more out of our required drills and training. We are now prepared to shelter in place, until help arrives, or evacuate the school if necessary."
Huber is fond of saying that "preparation prevents panic" and he emphasizes that the first step in becoming prepared is to get informed. Find out what the most likely hazards are. Most people tend to focus on the big headline grabbing disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and the zombie apocalypse. He stressed, however, it is equally important to prepare for smaller personally devastating emergencies like structural fires, automobile accidents, and other household events. Colon stressed that the most common reason a family has to evacuate their home is because of fire.
The best line of defense is to have an emergency plan and the appropriate safety equipment in both the home and car. At a minimum, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit are essential. And, based on past disasters, it is safe to assume that it could take several hours and maybe a few days for help to reach you. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that everyone have a Disaster Preparedness Kit in the house and a kit in the car as well.
Disaster Preparedness Kits are known by many different names such as Grab-n-Go Bags, Bugout Bags, 72-Hour kits, and the list goes on. They all have one thing in common though – they have the emergency equipment needed to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer shelter. It is also important to ensure that the kit is durable and has enough room in the container to add things like emergency medications and important documents to take to an evacuation shelter. Moody stressed that "a family also needs to include, a communication plan, a meeting location, and other important information which will be necessary in the event that evacuation is necessary." The bottom line, he said, is that it does not matter how big or small an emergency is. Everybody needs to be prepared to take the actions necessary to stay safe until help arrives.
PHI Management Solutions, Emergency Management Division, offers many different home and institutional products for emergency planning. They also have free downloads and information links designed to inform and assist individuals, families, organizations and businesses prepare for emergencies.Our team is composed primarily of veterans with over 90 years of combined service. Each member of the team has proven themselves through combat command and has extensive experience in disaster response and planning. Team members have commanded response forces and/or participated in several disaster responses to include the 2005 crash of a civilian airliner in Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina 2005, Southwest New Hampshire Flooding in 2005, New Hampshire Statewide flooding in 2006, Epsom NH tornado response in 2007, the 2008 New England Ice Storm, 2009 Anthrax Response in Durham, NH, the 2010 Wind Storm, Hurricane Irene in 2012, and the October 2011 Snow Storm.