This will be an advanced search and rescue exercise similar to the post office rescue we conducted in the summer. Cohorts are expected to set up a command post, use amateur radio to reach the ECC, rescue “victims”, and set up a medical triage area.
Participants signing up will receive an email later with more details. You will be outside and we will not cancel this exercise due to foul weather.
This is an off shoot of Ready.gov website. They set up the website so that people from all walks of life could help each other out. Here are a few of the elements they offer:
Regional Discussions: “Connect and collaborate with coalition members near you.”
Preparedness Discussions: “Learn from and share best practices with members from around the country.”
Find or add events: “Find events near you or add your events.”
Here are some of the members in the database:
There is a CERT forum on the site. People from all over the nation ask questions, give recommendations and look for people to connect with.
This site is highly recommended if you have a CERT team or are a professional emergency manager who is looking for some great insightful information. But if you don’t fall in those categories, don’t let that stop you from checking them out. There are still plenty of recourses that will help you on your path to becoming a more prepared person.
Today, let us welcome my friend and hazardous materiel expert, Bill. His official title is Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, where he’s responsible for hazardous material import/export, along with training individuals on proper handling of Hazmat. Bill was very entertaining to interview and he has a wealth of information to share. It may even save your life.
My normal Disclaimer applies to my guests as well.
A new public safety mobile application may soon help emergency response coordinators stay up-to-date on their volunteer teams and improve coordination with other public safety groups.
Called CERTify, the app enables Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinators to send messages and assignments to team members during an emergency situation. It also enables decision-makers to keep a closer eye on volunteers’ safety and rescue credentials, to ensure that their skills and certifications are current.
CERT training consists of instruction in first-aid, search-and-rescue, basic firefighting, and other basic emergency skills for citizens. The training curriculum takes about 30 hours to complete, and course materials are provided by the federal government. After training is complete, volunteers can form community teams and help first responders after a disaster. Continue reading →
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