Strategy #7 - The Future Is Built On Today

NASAR has struggled with its priorities because there was no solid future vision for where it wanted to be 3 to 10 years from now.  The worst part was since there was no plan, no one could be held accountable for our future, ergo no future.  

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Strategy #6 - We Need To Be Here Forever

The existence of NASAR is important for many reasons.  For some teams, we are the only reason they can conduct training.  There are very few teams out there that can produce textbooks or other products that meet the ASTM standards all on their own (and do it within their current financial position).  We are one of very few SAR education/certification providers, the only one that uses ASTM, and the only one that is international.

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Strategy #5 - Every Dollar Counts

DEVELOP EFFICIENT VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE

 In order to keep prices down, we need to use our dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible.  We are an international organization, and the more money we save in expenses we get to invest in projects, education, advocacy and publishing to help you.

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Strategy #4 - Members Deserve The Best

SAR volunteer responders go out in the middle of the night, in the rain and the cold, and take calculated risks to assist those that cannot help themselves.  For that you deserve the best of what we can offer.  The best courses, certifications, instructors, evaluators, tools, textbooks, the best everything.

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Strategy #3 - This Is A Volunteer Career Not A Hobby


SAR is one of the few emergency services professions that are staffed almost completely by volunteers.  SAR is also a complex job that is made up of many perishable skills.  If you treat it like a hobby that you can pick up and drop at your whim, then you will eventually get burned (and take your team, the missing person and their families with you).  

 

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Strategy #2 - One Place For Everyone

NASAR wants to be the “go to” for SAR.  Not just nationally, but internationally as well.  In order to be the “go to” we have to provide you with some value for coming and a place for us to share.  We also need to reach out to you and make you knowledgeable about what we have to offer, and how that is of value to you.  

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Strategy #1 - Every SAR Responder A Member

Starting in 2014, the Executive Director and Board of Directors adopted a new process for strategy and budget setting.  During August and September the Executive Director developed a draft multi-year strategy and complimentary budget.  

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International Disaster Conference and Expo

This week I spent a few days at the IDCE conference.  I had a couple of missions while here.  First I was looking at meeting with international representatives to see if we could expand NASAR courses and examinations to their countries.  Second, I was meeting with vendors that are potential advertisers on our new website and in the newsletter.  These vendors might also be sponsors for conferences and other events coming up.  Third, I was looking to network with domestic emergency management and agency staff to introduce them to NASAR. 

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Welcome To The New NASAR Community

Welcome to the new NASAR Community.  This is more than just a website, it is a coordinated set of online tools that will allow members to receive and share information with other NASAR members.  It will include a number of tools you are already familiar with like a calendar for courses, but eventually you will be able to use that calendar to sign up for courses and evaluations. 

This web community is part of NASAR stepping into the next phase of its evolution.  NASAR is the portal for your SAR volunteer community and career.  To be a valuable portal we need to provide spectacular tools, sharing abilities like DropBox, real time chat for members, on line donation capability for supporters, broad email powers for distributing newsletters and announcements.  Most of all, a place for you to provide feedback and contribute to NASAR and the membership.

You will see from some of the dates on items, that this project was started in July of 2014, and has been a work in progress since then.  A lot of long hours went into making this a benefit for the NASAR membership and SAR as a whole.

I look forward to all your comments and suggestions on how to make this a set of tools you value and look forward to using.  Check here often for news, stories, probably some long winded advice, and what NASAR is up to.

Chris

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