Notice the repeated buzzwords used in self-promotion of amateur radio...no real depth. Pure volunteer operation with no honest management structure or control. Maybe useful under terms of Community Party Line but grossly oversold. Technology requires operators--who understand the total Emergency Managment concept. "Free resource" includes getting what you paid for. The unique asset of amateur radio is HF service ...more »
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In a number of disaster situations, I have asked victims what items they missed most or forgot to add to their 72 Hour Emergency Kits. The top 4 items listed were: 1) A rain cover for their kit. 2) NewSkin (liquid bandage) to protect blisters ...in a forced march situation. 3) A list of contents, to tell them what items they had put in their kits (but forgotten). 4) An extra water container (collapsible-type was ...more »
Given the high number of nuclear plants that could be damaged by a natural or man-made disaster, every 72 Hour Emergency Kit should include some potassium iodide tablets. If a terrorist group is successful in the detonation of a "dirty bomb," these tablets may soon be in short supply. (Potassium iodide tablets offer thyroid protection from nuclear radiation.)
Correct and acurate maps given to FEMA/CR when responding is essential. EMA's in the affected area must have the correct GPS locations for us to respond to. Some area during last years Hurricanes were not GPS available, which slows down response. Making sure Cities keep updating Mapping will help in Response.
How did we get so hooked on repeating stories about amateurs? We are not attached to CBers--who are much more widely distributed and more easily accessed...but limited in technology. Few if any jurisdictions have dedicated Civil Defense radio systems (seperate from Public Safety/responder channels)--which served the same purpose but would require a managed organization. Knee-jerk PR may have undermined true, honest ...more »
OK, I'm going to stick my neck out here, and be politically incorrect for a moment. A smartphone is a tool. It does not replace search and rescue teams, nor does it provide shelter, start IV's, transport the injured, cook meals, or remove debris. While it is nice to tap a touchscreen for information, the bottom line is that for 99.9% of disaster management, the knowledge to mitigate a problem is from long term learning, ...more »
The banking fiasco and foreclosure epidemic have created many empty structures in almost every city. At the same time, our crony capitalist economy has created many more homeless, unemployed, and/or under-employed citizens. These people, and available buildings, could be utilized in an urban farming initiative that would greatly increase community food security by having fresh, local, healthful foods immediately available. ...more »
Based on his U.S. Patent No. 5,402,021, Howard R. Johnson, an inventor from Blacksburg, Virginia, has been perfecting and testing a do-it-yourself electrical generator he says may be constructed for $100 (w/ parts from a hardware store). Said patent, dated 28 March 1995, has now expired, so the invention is available for public use. I suggest that FEMA work w/ Mr. Johnson to perfect and test his generator. If it does ...more »
CRUCIAL LESSONS HAVE BEEN LEARNED SINCE THE 9/11 TRAGEDY, BUT ELEVEN YEARS AFTER, AMERICA’S GENERAL POPULATION HAVE YET TO SEE A SET OF STANDARDIZED NATIONAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES PUT INTO PLACE. WHY THE LACK OF THIS VITAL INFORMATION IS UNCLEAR, BUT, THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS KEEP GROWING WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH FEMA’S INSTRUCTION. WITHIN ANY CITY, AND ON ANY GIVEN DAY, A TERRORIST ATTACK CAN OCCUR! IF A DIRTY BOMB OF ANTHRAX ...more »
Many youth groups have periodic scavenger hunts. If they were given lists of 72 Hour Emergency Kit items, these items could provide the basis of a good scavenger hunt. The idea would be to borrow or photograph as many kit items as possible from friends or families known to participants. A valid record of where kit items came from would be required. Buying items at a store would not be a valid means of acquiring a kit ...more »
Historically, the military has successfully used signal panels for effective battlefield communications. The VS-17 milspec fabric panel, 24 " x 70," is one example. Such panels are made to connect to other panels, with varied markings, to send messages and create so-called "conspicuity" (easy to see from the air). FEMA needs to develop an array of emergency panels to provide a way to send relief requests from the ground ...more »
Aircraft loud speakers, known as Loud Mouth air-to-ground audio systems, allow pilots (in the air) to broadcast and give instructions to refugees on the ground. With an aircraft at 800 to 1,000 ft. in the air, these sound systems allow a person on the ground to hear the broadcast message as if they were in a movie theater with "surround-sound." I have used Loud Mouth units overseas, in major rescue operations, and my ...more »