Fellow veterans! If and when we're called
for help... - Rich
Day Seven (7)--Veterans
in Door County Wisconsin can stand-down but
Attention Wisconsin veterans! The gas explosions
in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin appear to be over and
the Incident Commander (Chris Hetch) indicated
he'll be releasing resources. Congratulations
Door County fire fighters, law enforcement, and
Emergency Government for a job well done. Thank
you Wisconsin veterans for the role you played
during this international incident. I've
received comments from around the world.
While it might be time to stand-down and
regroup, it's also time to remain vigilant and
prepare reinforcements incase we're hit by
another disaster (tornado, gas explosion, wild
fire, toxic spill, terrorist attack, etc.). Experience has taught us
that terrorists target already stressed
communities, using disasters to trigger attacks
where resources have been depleted. Their goal
is to spread panic, traumatize victims, and
benefit from an already in place global media
If the Ellison Bay incident had gone past 14
days, there had been more explosions or
escalation in "scope creep," we would have
automatically surveyed Wisconsin veterans and
created a data base of resources for the
Incident Commander. Remember, we're in the middle of our tourist season, our
first responders need a rest, and we're already
attracting international attention. I think it's prudent
at this time to
survey veterans, identify potential
reinforcements, and write
an incident action plan we can implement if the
tide turns back to a crisis situation requiring
Please click here and log in through our survey
of veteran resources. Note
you don't have to be a veteran or live in
Wisconsin to help.
Day Three (3)---Fellow
Door County veterans!
Our Door County fire fighters, law enforcement,
emergency government, Red Cross, hospitals,
EMTs, business associations, and citizens
continue to do an excellent job responding to
and recovering from the explosions in Ellison
Bay. We can be extremely proud of Fire Chief
Chris Hecht as he continues to take command and
control of this life threatening, community
wide, level two incident. A level two incident
is one that can be handled by professional first
responders, mutual aid agreements, and local
residents. In my opinion, this incident will
move to level three if there is another
explosion, if gas pockets are discovered outside
the current incident perimeter, or its duration
exceeds 14 days. At that time, the Incident
Commander may need to identify reinforcements to
support his Chief of Operations.
Door County veterans
represent a pool of trained military
professionals who've been tested under fire and
stand ready to respond through an established
chain of command. We need to designate our
Incident Commander and "unified" command
structure, become mission ready, and inventory
our potential response personnel and recovery
assets for the Ellison Bay Incident Commander.
role veterans play during this or any future
incidents must only be under the expressed
direction and control of the Incident Commander.
Unless otherwise told, the Incident Commander is
always the local Fire Chief.
The reason for this has to do with laws that
hold municipalities responsible for all response
and recovery efforts. Failing to respond under
the direction and control of the Incident
Commander can endanger recovery personnel,
frustrate the recovery process, and expose you
to personal liability for your actions.
For additional information, refer to my white
papers on Katrina best and worst practices and
Incident Command System tutorials.
Veteran' Incident Command Structure
- County Level: At the
county level the County Service
Officer (Scott McFarland/Jayne Buelow)
will be the Incident Commander. The
members of the Veterans Service
Commission (Kenny Wendt - Chairman,
Edson Stevens, and John Mahoney,
Jayne Buelow - Secretary) would serve
Command Staff. Members of the
Veteran's Service Council (Terry
MacDonald - Chairman) would
represent each veteran post in Door
Veteran' Incident Command Structure
- Post Level:
Considering the incident involves
Liberty Grove I'll us my VFW Post
#8337 as an example: The Post
Commander (Carl T. Carlson) is
automatically the Incident
Commander. Our "Safety Officer"
would handle Safety (John Mahoney),
Post News Chairman (Jeffery Budzis)
would handle Information, and
Adjutant (Lee Burnett) would be our
Liaison. The Incident Commander
would designate an Operations Chief
(Richard Woldt), Planning Chief
(John Mahoney), Logistics Chief
(Jeffery Budzis) and Finance Chief
(Lee Burnett). Operations Chief
would designate a Staging Area
Manager (Col. Richard Davis).
Preparing Troops to be
veteran's should receive Incident
Command System "Basic Training."
There are many excellent tutorials
on the web sites for emergency
government and homeland security.
I'll volunteer to brief all posts in
the county on Incident Command. I
recommend veterans, download and
read the instructions for Katrina'
Contingency Planners/Victims, and
Fighting Wild Fires. These were used
during Katrina and in western states
during the 2005 - 2006 wild fires.
Veteran' response personnel and
recovery assets: The goal
is to catalog
personnel and recovery assets by zip
so the Incident Commander can
mobilize resource as close to the
scene as possible.
This reduces response time
and costs. It also, allows the
commander to bring in temporary
relief for those needing downtime or
replacements for professional first
responders needed somewhere else.
Door County Veterans should all
complete the "Survey
of Veteran' Response and Recovery
Completing this survey does NOT
mean you are committed to respond.
It only provides the Incident
Commander with your contact
information and pre qualifies your
CLICK Here To
Complete the Survey!
Attention Veteran who plan to respond!
is important for you to monitor the
incident on an hourly basis. To
do this I recommend you place a hot
links to all local news media web sites
as well as web sites for Door County
Emergency Government and the Red Cross
on your desktop. Take time now to
familiarize yourself with each site so
you can quickly navigate sites when
you're called on to respond.
Here are some local news media links:
Also, download and study the
Instructions for First Responders.
These are general instructions so expect
them to be periodically updated by the
Incident Commander or Chief of
Operations. You are also welcome to use
my Risk Management R&D Library to learn
what to do and how to respond to other
natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or
pandemics. I encourage you also to read
our white papers on executive protection
and Katrina' best practices.
Click here for a
link to the R&D center: You are also
welcome to download any handouts I'm
using at the management schools in Texas
and at the WOCCU security conference in
Know that I'm using your response to the
explosions in Ellison Bay as a role
model for others to follow. Thank you
for making us all look so good!