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Took a class on Emergency Preparedness
Disaster Planning
Recovering from failure
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Today I attended a virtual Emergency Preparedness class hosted by REI. For as long as I can remember I've been interested in planning for worst case scenarios and my senior quote in high school was: "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best".

Earlier this year I learned about the 5 Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework: Operational Excellence, Performance, Security, Cost Optimization and Reliability. At one point in my AWS class I had to choose one of the five pillars to research and I was drawn to the Reliability Pillar as it included Disaster Recovery (DR).

Perhaps it is because I have had to overcome two layoffs within my career, or having to deal with the sudden, unexpected, and at times tragic death of numerous loved ones at a young age, the idea of being able to recover quickly from failures and how to handle change appeals to me. For some reason I never considered that businesses would also have to prepare for worst case scenarios. In retrospect, I know it sounds foolish and naïve.

Anyhoo, bringing it back to the Emergency Preparedness Class I took today. The biggest takeaway that I enjoyed was learning that the key to survival essentially comes down to having a Positive Mental Attitude or PMA. I've included the notes that I took for reference. While they seem like common sense, in times of stress this advice is easy to forget and lose sight of. I can easily see these steps applied in everything from CTF competitions, business meetings or even just life in general.

Hope this might help someone else out there!
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