Haiti Earthquake January 2010

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Basic RM principles for responding to a major earthquake, hurricane, or natural disaster that  requires mass housing-in-place and/or evacuations.


There are three (3) Operational Periods. During the first 72 hours focus on physiological needs such as rescuing victims, housing-in-place, evacuations, etc. During the second (first weeks) focus on rebuilding critical infrastructures and belongingness needs. During the third Operational Period (first months) focus on rebuilding economy in the region to include meaningfull job creation.  Rich Woldt CEO The Risk Management Learning Center

     Rich Woldt   CEO-The Risk Management Learning Center

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When responding to victims after a disaster, first focus on their "Physiological" needs for medical attention, food, and shelter. Than reconnect them to their family, neighbors, church, veteran's organizations, business associations, social clubs, etc. Help them regain their "sense of belonging to to a stable, secure, and structured environment! Finally, help them rebuild a bright and promising future! For more information call... Rich Woldt 608-712-7880


The Road to Recovery

Finally - Point to the Future

Next -Reconnect Victims with Their Past!

First - Rebuild The  Economy


Our Pyramide "Road to Recovery" is built on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs! First banks, credit unions, insurance companies, and the business community focus on cleaning up and rebuiling the economic infrastructure, than groups and associations reconnect victims whith their past, and finally schools and universities recreate a promising future for the victims and their extended families throughout the region! For more information call... Rich Woldt 608-712-7880


Our "Road to Recovery" is built on Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow's theory contends that when disasters strike, victims first focus on their "physiological" need for food, shelter, safety, and a stable economy on which to rebuild their future . Next, they look for a place to belong or reconnect with their past. Finally, they need to have a bright and promising future. Our "Pyramid - Road to Recovery" uses the Incident Command System (ICS) as a template and The National Incident Management Sytem (NIMS) as an emergency response performance standard to systematically address each level of needs. A major benefit of of this approach is it can be used sequentially (Physiological needs first, than Belongingness, and finally Self Esteem/Self Actualiztion) or sequentially. You will note that front-line Incident Commanders will manage the incident sequentially while Operation's Chiefs will deploy assets from the staging area either sequentially when in strike mode or simultaniously when conducting a mission.
Step #1: When disaster strikes, financial institutions (banks, credit unions, investment specialists) the insurance industry, and the business community focus on clean up, reclamation, and stabilizing the economic infra crews to stabilize the environment, followed by reconstruction crews to build shelters and food services to feed the refugees. Banks, credit unions, insurance companies, trade unions, and the business community focus on indemnifying victims and rebuilding the economy.
Step #2: The incident command at the belongingness level reconnects victims with their past and focuses on recreating a sense of social well-being. At this level, social groups, business associations, leagues, chapters, churches, organizations, affiliations, clubs, and societies known to have played an instrumental role in the victim's past put their arms around the victims to let them know they belong. Our road to recovery model uses the US military, specifically veteran's organizations such as the Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) and business associations such as the American Society of Industrial Security International (ASIS International) as the model for the incident command responding to needs at this level. 
Step #3: Finally, schools, colleges, universities, trade schools and all forms of continuing education programs focus on the victim's self esteem and the need to reach that level of self actualization that defines success within the victim's country and culture.    

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