Whenever disaster strikes a city or community, its devastating effects dominate the news. Footage and images of properties damaged, distress of victims fills TV screens and airwaves. Sometimes the emergency can remain in the news for more than one or two weeks, which means a long-term coverage.
Evolution of emergency response and disaster recovery
Here is the history of preparing for and responding to natural or human-made disasters in the United States. It dates back to the time when the US was born as a nation, but the process started taking organizational shape in the 20th Century. Prior to this time, cases of disasters were handled “case by case,”. This is mostly backed by the Congressional Act providing different compensation to the victims who suffered from disasters. Examples of disasters that saw government emergency response were Portsmouth, NH Christmas Fire of 1808 and the very devastating Galveston Hurricane and Flood of 1990.
Pres. Jimmy Carter
After a series of government efforts to respond to the disasters, they saw the formation of different agencies. From the 1940s to 1970s, President Carter signed an executive order that merges all Federal Agencies. Those dealing with disaster preparedness and response issues were placed into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1979.
From that time till date, all disaster issues and emergency response are handled by FEMA.
Phases of Disaster Recovery and Emergency Response
Each disaster that happens is a unique occurrence that demands careful assessment. Bearing in mind that response and recovery may take time, it is critical to creating a strategic plan. These responses are aimed at identifying and helping the most vulnerable and severely affected people.
Although the stages of recovery don’t always follow a precise cut-out procedure, below are several phases that unfold. This is as affected communities start to rebuild their lives after disasters.
Critical Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue is always the first disaster recovery phase that takes place after a disaster has struck. It usually requires a fast response which can last into hours or even days to save lives in imminent danger. After a few days, this phase traditionally elapsed to pave the way for providing support for survivors. An example is the search and rescue mission undertaken by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
Prompt Emergency Relief
The second phase of the emergency response and disaster recovery is the provision of emergency relief. It begins immediately after the disaster has occurred and when search and rescue operations have come to a close. The emergency relief phase brings foods, water, clothing, medicine and shelter to surviving victims of the disaster. It gives prompt and serious medical attention to people with severe injuries.
Emergency relief can go on for a long time or may end abruptly. It depends on the nature and scope of damage caused by the disaster.
Quick or Early Recovery
When it comes to recovery, the population that is affected is in a better and stable condition. They have access to food and water and temporary shelter where they can cope with wind and rain. People start going about their daily activities. Children start going to school again, although classes may be held in tents or churches, etc. While the entire affected population may not have completely recovered, they have started adapting to a new way of living.
Astrodome in Houston 2005. Housed 15,000 people
The early recovery phase can last for weeks, months or even some few years. This depends on the initial communities vulnerability, resources available and sense of adaptability.
Medium to long-term disaster recovery
This phase involves the construction of permanent physical structures that will replace tents, plywood shelters, and trailers. This is to mirror what used to be as they try to get back to normal. With the commencement of building permanent structures, the social foundation of community is being reinforced and strengthened. Adults now have the opportunity to improve their means of living and restore their family’s economies. Children can return to schools with permanent buildings as they build. The society is now beginning to feel stable and safe once again.
We are all first responders
Back in 2017, FEMA showed us that we are all first responders. “FEMA has a central role in both response and recovery efforts as the federal government’s coordinator of emergency management operations. But that role is often misunderstood, with FEMA being viewed as a first responder rather than an extension of state and local capabilities.” Don’t forget that as a community and individuals we can do our part.
Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, 8(a) Minority, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.
DynaGrace Enterprises Accepting Patriot Partner Award
DynaGrace Enterprises – an 8(a), WOSB, Information Technology and Technical Writing Company, has been recognized as a Utah Patriot Partner.
The program is pioneered by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to encourages Utah businesses to hire Veterans as a first choice to unlock job creation for our country’s veterans.
DynaGrace Enterprises is one of the most recent beneficiaries of the Utah Patriot Partnership. DynaGrace Enterprises’s President and CEO, Linda Rawson and Vice President, Jennifer Remund accepted the award from Eden Johnson, a hardworking, professional Veterans’ representative and Workforce Development Specialist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Eden helped DynaGrace Enterprises with some recent job openings. DynaGrace Enterprises contacted her to utilize job programs in which they could hire veterans first. Linda Rawson is committed to providing Veterans with a way forward after serving our country. Job seeking Veterans can be found by accessing Utah’s online Job Connection service. Eden helped with the wording, publishing, and distribution of the job announcement.
DynaGrace Enterprises accepted the challenge from Governor Herbert to pledge their support for returning heroes and not only considered but wanted Utah Veterans for the recent job openings. DynaGrace Enterprises joined other Utah businesses to hire and support Veterans returning from the world’s battlefields.
“It is a great privilege to be recognized in the Utah Patriot Partnership Program,” stated Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises. “DynaGrace Enterprises has been heavily involved in Department of Defense work and is moving full forward in a growth opportunity. The Utah Department of Workforce services is providing the mechanism, additional insight, and resources needed to acquire employees who are veterans. Veterans have been taught discipline and structure. They show up on time and do their job. This is a win-win for both the employee and the company.”
DynaGrace Enterprises Patriot Partner Award
Programs, like the Utah Patriot Partnership, are making a difference. In a July 2017 report published by the Department of Labor, the Veteran unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent last July, and the lowest July rate since 2001 (not seasonally adjusted, 20 years and over). In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for July 2017 was 4.2 percent.
Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 888-676-0058.
The official Press Release is here -> DynaGrace Enterprises Recognized as Utah Patriot Partner
GSA STARS II GWAC
DynaGrace Enterprises, Inc. (8a, WOSB, SDB), a trusted partner with the Federal Government, has been awarded the 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).
The 8(a) STARS II GWAC is a competitive multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) set-aside contract vehicle for small businesses that participate in the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program. The efficient, flexible way to order Information Technology services and solutions worldwide, while accruing 8(a) socioeconomic credit, provides Federal agencies a simpler method for procurement of services. Because DynaGrace Enterprises is also a 100% Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), the agencies get credit in multiple areas.
The 8(a) STARS II GWAC program has a five-year base with one five-year option. It has a $10 billion program ceiling and facilitates sole-source, also known as directed award, task orders up to $4 million each.
DynaGrace Enterprises has been selected under Functional Area NAICS codes; (FA1) NAICS 541511 – Custom Computer Programming Services, (FA2) NAICS 541512 – Computer Systems Design Services, and (FA4) NAICS 541519 – Other Computer Related Services. DynaGrace Enterprises was selected based on cost and non-cost factors including the Contract Administration Plan (CAP), Marketing Action Plan (MAP), Past Performance, Price, and Responsibility.
Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises said, “We have been anticipating this award for over two years. We have heard and read many success stories about companies that have prospered by using this GWAC effectively. DynaGrace Enterprises is ready to capitalize on this contracting vehicle and to leverage the streamlined procurement path to serve our federal customers better. We really appreciate the General Services Administration (GSA) for creating contract vehicles like the 8(a) STARS II GWAC to assure small business continues to lead innovation in meeting government technology challenges.”
DynaGrace Enterprises is an advanced IT services company delivering high-quality, high-value solutions to the Federal Government in the areas of Information Technology, System Integration, Cybersecurity and Writing services. DynaGrace Enterprises has the vision to provide pristine service while making the contracting process simple. The company was founded on the belief that in service to the Federal Government and Commercial clients, we have a critical obligation to the American people, to perform at the highest level for the good of the country.
Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 800-676-0058.
The official press release is here -> http://www.pr.com/press-release/720563
Writing a good case study
If done right, your marketing can enjoy a great deal of benefit from writing a good case study.
Although they cost a great deal of effort and time to create, case studies can be used to pull new customers into your business. Case studies are a great way of telling the world how awesome and valuable your products and/or services are. They are not mere testimonials; case studies include real-life examples of how your services or goods were able to help your customers achieve their aim. With impeccable case studies, you’ll be able to convert a potential client into a real client as you’ll be highlighting your success in a way that will make them become convinced that you and your business are the real deal.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not know how to go about writing a case study, much less, a great one. If you find yourself in this category of people, this guide is here to help you create case studies that will change the face of your business. Below are some fantastic tips that will ensure that your case studies become significant resources to the success of your business.
TIP #1 – ENSURE THAT YOUR TOPIC IS RELATIVE TO YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER
First, you need to determine who your ideal customers are, only then can you create a case study they can relate to. Your case study needs to convince your ideal customers that you are conversant with their industry, the needs of that industry, and how to offer the industry the desired solution to that need. Case studies are not general posts that everyone can relate to. On the contrary, a case study should be for a specific set of people in a particular industry. For instance, if your ideal customer is someone in the automobile industry, you need to create a case study that surrounds the automobile industry; it can be about auto accessories or parts manufacturers. Let your topic be something your ideal client can relate to; something they will feel is specifically created for them.
TIP #2 – MAKE YOUR STORY COMPELLING, JUMP NO PART
When writing a case study, you need to ensure that your story omits no part. Tell your story from the beginning down to the end. Most people enjoy reading great stories. You need to let your ideal customers (readers) know who your case study customer really is. Anyone reading your story should be able to identify
- Who your sample clients are and what they do
- What the customers’ goals were
- What the needs of the customers’ were
- How you were able to help your customers, satisfy their needs, and have their goals met.
In other to make this more compelling, you can always go back to your case study and provide more updates on how your customer is doing with your services/products. This will make your ideal customers/readers see that your aim is to provide them with long term satisfaction to their needs. The update can be done every two months or so.
TIP #3 – CREATE AN EASY TO READ FORMAT
Don’t just create a huge chunk of text and call it a case study; give it some good formatting. The thing is, no matter how interesting or informative your story is, if it looks cluttered, no one will be willing to go through it. So make it look readable like you would with a blog or article. Include images, headers, bullet points, italics, etc.
TIP #4 – DIFFERENT LEARNING FORMATS FOR DIFFERENT LEARNERS
Not everyone likes reading. Some prefer watching while others prefer listening. This means that you must create different learning formats of your case studies. Make them into video and audio formats, including podcasts, YouTube videos, infographics, etc.
TIP #5 – INCLUDE REAL NUMBERS
Including real numbers will make your case study clear and precise. Instead of saying you were able to double your traffic over the course of some months, leaving your clients to wonder what the “doubling” range was and how many months, you can tell them your traffic doubled from 1,000 visits to 2,000 visits over the course of 2 months. Real numbers give your ideal customers the scope of how and when you began, and when you achieved the end result. Real numbers serve as proof as to how your products or services work. You can also make use of pictures in order to make your proof clearer.
DynaGrace Enterprises Completes Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
April 20th, 2017
Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises – a 8(a), WOSB, Information Technology and System Integration Company, has completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. The program is a $500 million commitment by Goldman Sachs and The Goldman Sachs Foundation to unlock the job creation potential of small businesses across the United States.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses
DynaGrace Enterprises is one of the most recent beneficiaries of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. DynaGrace Enterprises’s President and CEO, Linda Rawson completed the 100-hour, four-month curriculum as part of her commitment to strengthening DynaGrace Enterprises’s operations.
The Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small Businesses program, is a $500 million initiative developed to help small businesses in the United States by providing entrepreneurs with an integrated program of practical business and management education, access to capital, and business support services.
“It is a great privilege to be one of the latest beneficiaries of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program,” stated Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises. “DynaGrace Enterprises has been heavily involved in Department of Defense work and is moving full forward in a growth opportunity identified during the Goldman Sachs program. The Goldman Sachs program has provided the additional insight and resources needed to enhance this growth opportunity while staying true to our core of providing exceptional personalized service to each of our valued clients.”
In a report published by Babson College, six months after completing the program, 47.9% of participants reported adding new jobs. This number increased to 55.7% at 18 months and to 60.9% at 30 months after the program Revenues of the participating businesses also grew steadily after program completion, with 68.7%, 73.9% and 81.9% of participants reporting increased revenues six months, 18 months and 30 months, respectively, after program completion. Many participants also report launching new products or services, discontinuing ineffective ones and expanding into new markets. They also report changes in the way they attract, manage and retain employees.
The completion of the Goldman Sachs program follows shortly after another significant milestone from DynaGrace Enterprises — the development of strategic partnerships in the area of Human Machine Interface (HMI). DynaGrace Enterprises hopes to lead the field in integrating Virtual Reality into System Integration of Automation Solutions. This integration further supports DynaGrace Enterprises’s path of continued growth, maintaining itself as a provider of Information Technology services.
Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 888-676-0058.
The official press release is located here -> http://www.pr.com/press-release/713467