The recent major landslide is a reminder for those of us in the Pacific Northwest (and elsewhere) that disaster can strike without warning and we'll be fortunate to have help arrive quickly. I learned of the Oso slide while attending the Communications Academy, an event that focuses on emergency communication and emergency management. The news was a sharp reminder to the event attendees that this is serious business. In fact, some of the 1st responders at the event were immediately deployed to the disaster site.
In a future post I'll explore the Incident Command System (ICS), the disaster response management system used by 1st responders and undoubtedly use in Oso right now. I find some interesting common themes and strengths between ICS and project management that I'd like to examine.
This week though, I ask that you support the victims and emergency workers at Oso. I highly recommend a donation to the Red Cross, which is running shelters and other support efforts in the area now. Here's one link to get you started.