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How Training Like A Pilot Will Set You Up For Success In Crisis Management
When Southwest Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines exploded midflight and a fan blade punctured the cabin, causing a sudden drop in pressure, the heroic actions of Captain Tammie Jo Shults demonstrated a great lesson in leadership and crisis management.

One of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots, Captain Shults has been heavily praised for her heroic actions to navigate Flight 1380 first to an altitude where passengers could breathe and then safely land with one engine, avoiding what could have been an even bigger catastrophe. Captain Shults has been described as extraordinarily cool under pressure and impossible to rattle, with her recent actions only reiterating those claims.

Pilots engage in some of the most rigorous training of any profession. They constantly prepare for disastrous situations and practice maneuvers that are unlikely to occur, such as landing a plane with one engine.  While most of us will never face these situations, there is a core principle that pilots are taught for handling emergencies that we could all learn from: the ANC protocol.

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WashingtonianHow DC’s First Chief Resilience Officer Is Planning for Disaster
And why "Airplane!" is his favorite disaster movie.

Kevin Bush spends his days dreaming up the things that should keep you awake at night. Last summer, the onetime Housing and Urban Development official, who helped direct the department’s Hurricane Sandy response, was named DC’s first chief resilience officer. Part of his job is to envision the various catastrophes that might strike the District and to figure out what steps the city should take to mitigate harm. His two-year stint is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, which is designed to help urban centers around the world prepare for 21st-century challenges.

We met up with Bush at the Wilson Building to find out exactly what we should be freaking out about.

What do you mean when you talk about resiliency?
The clearest and most uniform definition I have is that it’s simply the immune system. Cities are complicated systems of systems; there’s road systems, there’s health systems, there’s housing systems. They all come together and interact in ways we don’t always recognize. We’re trying to step back a little from the day-to-day fire drills of governing a city of 700,000 people and say, “What are the different things that we need to be resilient to?”—whether that’s population and economic growth, technological change, climate change, you name it. How is our immune system weak and how is it strong? How can we build up immunities to things that we can expect coming on down the line?

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The Hill How Hawaii Is Building the Future Now

Though lava flows are capturing the headlines, Hawaii is facing other, longer-term threats to its idyllic landscape. In the past few years, record-breaking tides and rising sea levels have threatened the coveted island way of life and resort-based economy. Beaches have been washed out and beachfront entertainment cancelled; hotels have readied generators; property owners living near the coasts have prepared for flooding, and residents and visitors alike have photographed fish swimming down the streets. It may seem bizarre to visitors, but for residents and climate change experts, it’s not surprising, given the consistency of higher tides year after year.

All over the Hawaiian islands, residents have come to see rising tides as an ongoing, growing threat and a clear sign of things to come. Their observations accord with the current climate science. Scientists now believe Hawaii could experience a sea-level increase of three feet by the year 2100, a change which  is in line with global predictions and could substantially reshape the economy and way of life on the Islands.

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FBI FBI Releases Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters
In 2017 there were 30 separate active shootings in the United States, the largest number ever recorded by the FBI during a one-year period.  With so many attacks occurring, it can become easy to believe that nothing can stop an active shooter determined to commit violence. “The offender just snapped” and “There’s no way that
anyone could have seen this coming” are common reactions that can fuel a collective sense of a “new normal,” one punctuated by a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Faced with so many tragedies, society routinely
wrestles with a fundamental question: can anything be done to prevent attacks on our loved ones, our children, our schools, our churches, concerts, and communities?

There is cause for hope because there is something that can be done. In the weeks and months before an attack, many active shooters engage in behaviors that may signal impending violence. While some of these behaviors
are intentionally concealed, others are observable and — if recognized and reported — may lead to a disruption prior to an attack. Unfortunately, well-meaning bystanders (often friends and family members of the active
shooter) may struggle to appropriately categorize the observed behavior as malevolent. They may even resist taking action to report for fear of erroneously labeling a friend or family member as a potential killer. Once
reported to law enforcement, those in authority may also struggle to decide how best to assess and intervene, particularly if no crime has yet been committed.

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