Disaster and Disability Consultants, LLC

About Us

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Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC began in 2006 as Disaster and Disability Consultants LLP and in 2013 the name was changed to Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC.

I am Nick Sicora, CEO and Lead Consultant for Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC. Welcome to my company website.

Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC was established by me to help small to medium sized businesses, community organizations (non-profits), and government agencies to be better prepared for crisis and emergency events that could have an impact on them. We are a full service firm and offer a variety of services to help you protect your business from any crisis, emergency or disaster that may impact your business enterprise.

As you can tell from our company name, we specialize in working with companies that either employ people living with disabilities; market to people living with disabilities; or serve people living with disabilities.  Throughout my career, I found that people living with disabilities needs were not being properly addressed in the community and workplace when it came to disaster, emergency and crisis response. As a person living with a disability, who has been involved with some of the most devastating crisis and emergency response efforts in the US over the past 20 years, I felt there was a need for an organization to specialize in helping people living with disabilities who are active in the workplace and community.

Hopefully by the work we do here at Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC, there will be an increase of participation of people living with disabilities in both the community and workplace settings because now more companies will have the necessary tools, policies and knowledge to allow people living with disabilities to feel safer in getting involved in these environments.

We do work with ANY business however, no matter the size or scope of the work. When you think about things like safety, security, emergency preparedness, business continuity, emergency management, crisis management, the first name you should think of is Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC. At Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC you get the experience of a large organization, at the cost of a smaller firm that feels more like a family than a business.

This website was created to give you a familiarity with the organization, the work we do, and the projects and topics we are involved with. Come back often to see what we are doing, where we are speaking, and what impact we are having on businesses all over the world!

To reach Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC,

Phone: 732-297-9050
Mobile: 919-667-7334
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Disaster-and-Disability-Consultants-LLC/195206203837958
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Email: disaster@disasterndisability.com

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    In other words your business would be like trying filling the bucket with water with a
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    all I need to do is review where the success was achieved and amplify this to achieve more success.

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    1. Disaster Post author

      Alfonso Bidencope, you are correct to some extent. The best way to describe what I do is that it is a form of risk management. I help companies identify things that pose a risk to their safe operations and then we work together to come up with systems to first mitigate those risks as much as possible and then come up with response and recovery programs to deal with the risks to the business. Some of the most common things I deal with are natural disasters that could negatively impact a businesses ability to continue operations.

      If you have a fire at your manufacturing plant, you can no longer produce your product and that takes you out of business for at a minimum extended period of time while you either repair your facility or look for a new facility location. This results in a loss of business and can also have a negative impact on the reputation of your company, which nobody wants negative publicity for their organization. While you are looking for a new facility or doing repairs on your current facility, your customers will need to find alternate ways to get the products you were supplying them with. However, if you had a system in place where you had an alternate facility already established that was available to immediately start producing your products in an event like this, you would have minimal down time for your company. You might not be able to support another facility but perhaps you can come to a contractual agreement with another organization to produce your products for you while you engage in looking for another facility. What my organization also does in a case like this is conduct inspections when we are contracted with, on your safety programs currently in operation. We look at whether or not you have fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems that are required by your local laws and we make sure that they are operational. We then look at the plans you have to evacuate your facility in the event of a fire and also conduct employee accountability to make sure that everyone has gotten out and all of your employees both onsite and offsite are accounted for. Some other things we have helped our clients with is contracting with reputable disaster recovery firms who come in and do the repairs to your facility to bring them back to both operational status and current code. My organization additionally provided assistance in the form of counseling to employees of your organization who may be having a tough time dealing with the events that took place. We want our clients to know that all of the employees are ready to return to work and are able to be productive. We want our clients to insure that their employees have all of the tools at hand to help them deal with the traumatic impact an emergency, disaster, or crisis event can have on them.

      The last thing a small business or non-profit needs is to not be able to serve its customer base, some of our non-profit clients are in the business of helping our nation’s most vulnerable populations navigate through life’s challenges and when these agencies are not operational, the impact to their clients can be catastrophic. We work to do everything we can so that our clients can continue to serve their clients and customers and not lose a source of income.

      I used the example of a fire because it is what most people think of when they think of something that could negatively impact their business causing it to cease operations for a short period of time, if not forever.

      I hope that gives you a better understanding of some of the things we do here at Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC. If you would like more information, please feel free to let me know. We are based in the United States but have worked with organizations throughout the world and will continue to do so if there is a need.

  2. Disaster Post author

    Clayton,

    I believe part of your comments got cut off, so I am going to respond to the parts that did come out. Yes if you have a large family you need to consider room in whatever vehicle you are using to evacuate when planning what to take with you. The things you should take with you are things that you cannot be without and those things that are most difficult to acquire such as medications, a change or a few changes of clothing, first aid kid, flashlights, and specialty items that might be related to a disability or special need that would be difficult to reacquire quickly.

    Having an idea of where you are relocating to in order to ride out the event causing you to evacuate is always a good idea. If you know that area and know how impacted by the event you are evacuating from will also help you determine how easily it will be to get the necessary items you need for temporary relocation. Sometimes it is difficult to plan ahead where you are going to evacuate to ahead of time, because it can be difficult to anticipate what is going to be impacted by an event that is continuing to develop. Cities and states have numerous facilities that they have available to them in an emergency, disaster, or crisis event and they open up facilities based on areas far enough outside the zone of impact.

    The basic key that I suggest to everyone when planning what to put in the disaster supply kit is to think about things they need for their daily lives that would be difficult to acquire during a disaster. Such things include; nebulizers, medication, wheelchair parts and supplies, canes, specialized communication equipment, hearing aids as examples. You know what you find most difficult to acquire when under normal circumstances and so it’s reasonable to assume that it would be even more difficult to acquire during an emergency situation.

    If you do go to either a neighbor, friend or relative’s house or one of the government set up emergency shelters they should have the basic things you need like soap, water, lighting, bedding, towels so those are not things you will need to bring with you. I always suggest if possible to stay with friends or relatives in a neighboring community outside the area impacted by the emergency, disaster, or crisis event. Staying with friends or family also provides you with the emotional support you need to begin the recovery phase from an emergency. Having people that know you and know of your specific needs, can help speed up the recovery and help you to take care of things you might otherwise forget to.

    Thank you for your comments. I hope I have provided you with some good ideas. While my current company deals more with business emergency preparedness, response and recovery; as a part of the services I offer, I do provide individual preparedness seminars and materials to my clients so that they can share them with their employees.

    Enjoy a safe and healthy, holiday season.

    Nick Sicora
    Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC

  3. Russell Ruggiero

    Excellent content about a serious subject.

    For example, the disruption to utilities, the disruption to the hospital system, and the disruption to communication from Sandy. The question is what technologies do we put into place to save lives, while reducing injury and property damage?

    Working with protocols already in place makes a sense as does augmenting these technologies with new open, machine readable ones.

    It will take time and effort, but it is better to tie the technology pieces together at the federal, state, and local levels to form a more cohesive ecosystem

  4. Jeanne

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    1. Disaster Post author

      Jeanne,

      I agree with you that in some cases a smoker or charcoal grill is something that is good to use during an emergency or disaster event to cook food. You need to be cautious though when doing this and make sure you do this outside and in a safe environment to light a fire so that you do not cause more harm than good. There are certain situations where you do not want to use fire to heat foods and that is why I always suggest packing foods in your disaster supplies kit that does not need to be heated to be eaten. When you have items that need a heat source to cook, you also need to make sure that they are non perishable items that you are using.

      Thank you for your comments. They are indeed solid suggestions for individual preparedness. As a company you may not have a grill or smoker available to heat food. Many workplaces do not have kitchens nor do they want to take on the extra hazards that come with using gas or charcoal fires. It all depends on your risk adversity.

  5. Disaster Post author

    Thank you for the compliment. I am always glad to hear when someone appreciates the work we do at Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC.
    Stay tuned as we continue to develop and grow the website.

  6. Disaster Post author

    These are some great tips, planning ahead is always a good idea. Thinking about the challenges you may face on your journey and the most likely threats to disrupt your travels is always a good idea. I also always suggest having supplies on hand to deal with the most common emergencies you may encounter during your journey.

    At Disaster and Disability Consultants LLC., we work with many companies to help build travel programs to keep their employees safe while they are traveling to do business. We can customize a program for your business needs whether you travel locally to your area or internationally. It is always important to be aware of what is going on in the area you are traveling to and to find things that could be a disruption to your business.

    Thank you for the great comments. If we can be of further assistance, please email us or give us a call. We stand ready to help you build your business much stronger/

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