Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): #RandomThoughts

Please enjoy the following re:  Vision Zero and Traffic Safety courtesy CityLab:  Hindsight 2020:  Over the past several years, dozens of U.S. cities have committed to a new principle in road safety policy, Vision Zero, which sets the goal of completely eliminating deaths and serious injuries. The basic logic of the policy, which takes inspiration from a road safety platform in Sweden: All traffic collisions that result in death or injury—whether for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, or any other road user—are preventable through smarter engineering, education, and enforcement. Unfortunately, also over the past several years, pedestrian and cyclist deaths have been increasing nationally. Even cities that have adopted Vision Zero have struggled to budge the transportation status quo. A CityLab analysis of five early Vision Zero cities—Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City—found that, while some cities have bent their fatality curves more than others, non

#RandomThoughts On This #Thanksgiving2019

Our Esparanza Initiative continues its' planning process to launch during Q1 2019 next year.    Our Initiative is in line with the admonition from Ted Turner, the Founder of CNN.    We have been witness to fires, hurricanes and other calamities like never before which requires us to be educated.  Part of this is the advent of Smart Cities--we released guidance on it in the Daily Outsider Visions Property that we hereby present here as well. Happy Thanksgiving & Best Wishes to all!! Each week alone, an estimated 1.3 million people move into cities, driving urbanization on an unstoppable scale.  By 2040, about two-thirds of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban centers. Over the decades ahead, 90 percent of this urban population growth is predicted to flourish across Asia and Africa. Already, 1,000 smart city pilots are under construction or in their final urban planning stages across the globe, driving forward countless visions of the future.

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): ON FEMA

Please review and share comments with FEMA: Private Sector Advisory FEMA Releases Publication 1: We Are FEMA November 20, 2019 Today, FEMA  released the third edition of  Publication 1  (Pub 1) and invites the whole community, including individuals and organizations, to read the new publication to better understand our mission and role in emergency management. “Pub 1 is FEMA’s capstone doctrine, and explains the story of  who we are, why we are here, what we do, and how we do it,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor.  “ It unites us in our purpose because together, we are FEMA.” FEMA has a dynamic workforce comprised of different backgrounds and identities that strengthens our ability to help, relate, and support others during adversity. We face the unknown.  We have a distinct role shaped by unpredictable and ever-evolving threats and hazards. We are a team.  We unite to make a difference in the lives of others. We are leaders.  W

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): On the #CaliforniaFires

As we went to press, our home State of California was burning.   We decided to choose this courtesy of @TrevorNoah on the state of affairs as we pay homage to the First Respondents and keep all the victims in the line of fire in our thoughts and prayers.

On This #Halloween2019 Here in the United States....

On the Occasion of Halloween here in the United States, we hereby present the following thoughts we are pleased to featured on all our platforms courtesy of Jonathan Lockwood Huie and his team as we say    Happy Halloween: Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child, to whom all of life is a grand adventure. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. - Mark Twain Become more and more innocent, less knowledgeable and more childlike. Take life as fun - because that's precisely what it is! - Osho Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously. - Og Mandino

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On the #CaliforniaFires

We have been assessing the Fires in California as our work to get the new Esparanza Foundation off the ground is progressing.    We hope to be able to be supportive in whatever way we can--as we see some of the fires have been caused by Tree Branches falling on Power Lines both in Northern & Southern California. The need to think different is ever so important.

On Being Prepared: What @OCGOVCA is Up To....

As our on-going development continues, we wanted to report a sampling of what our community here in Orange County Does as we recently celebrated National Preparedness Month 2019. As previously reported in my newsletter, September is National Preparedness Month, and the 2019 theme is: Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. ReadyOC  and  AlertOC  collaborated on this year's  National Preparedness Month toolkit  for content specific to Orange County. The toolkit  provides photos and graphics, along with sample newsletter copy to use on social media, websites, print or digital newsletters and more to promote broader awareness about emergency preparedness and the importance of registering for  AlertOC . We hope that you can share this information on your organization's social and digital channels. Thank you for supporting these two vital campaigns and helping our great County to prepare!  Be Disaster Aware! Are You Prepared? Because September is National