Uh…North Carolina, huh?

On April 30, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee

Perhaps we should send a CERT Care Package? Check this story…

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CERT Personal Equipment List

On April 25, 2011, in First Aid, National, Preparedness, Training, by Sean Brownlee

NOTE: The new CERT Order Form can be found here

What does a CERT First Responder want to have in a backpack for call-out?

FEMA suggests:

  • CERT Identification
  • Dark green helmet
  • Lime green vest with reflective stripes
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Leather gloves
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Pen & graphite pencil
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food (think Power Bars)
  • Wear sturdy shoes & Long pants.

Additional items that are recommended include:

  • Yellow Field Operations Guide (and/or 3×5 NERT cards)
  • Blank 3×5 cards (for messages via runners)
  • Notebook (ideally, water impermeable)
  • Lumber crayons
  • Markers-Sharpies
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Caution Tape
  • Triage Tape
  • Crowbar
  • Gas/water Wrench
  • Carabiner (D ring w/spring catch; use w/rope)
  • Knife/Medical scissors
  • Hardhat lamp
  • Light Stick
  • Personal first aid kit/supplies
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Antiseptic hand cleaner
  • Ear plugs
  • Poncho
  • Hat
  • Sun Block
  • Cell phone
  • CERT radio & battery, if you have one

If you don’t already have a backpack and are looking to buy one, there is a 16” backpack kit listed on the CERT Order Form that contains most of the items above..

 

(Courtesy Kevin Purdy, LifeHacker): If you’re camping, sailing, or otherwise distanced from medical attention, it’s good to know what to do when somebody gets hurt or sick. A UK government guide, written for ships at sea, provides a great overview of first aid, injury treatment, and many other kinds of make-do medicine.

Written in an explanatory style, and assuming you only have the most minimal of supplies, the Ships Captain’s Medical Guide can be a little off-putting to read at a glance. There are entire chapters on sexually transmitted diseases, childbirth, and the eloquently titled “The dying and the dead.” These are, of course, actual concerns for captains of larger vessels, but not entirely impossible to need help with when you’re on your own journeys. But the chapters on first aid, injuries, make-shift stitching, and other facets of emergency medicine.

Consider it the most useful lunchtime reading material you’ll come across today, and consider downloading it to your phone, because you never know. It’s a free PDF, split into 15 chapters, available here..

 

Great article from the New York Times by Steve Lohr, about potential of online mapping to transform humanitarian services via better coordination and communication between digital volunteers and official emergency management infrastructure.

Online Mapping Shows Potential to Transform Relief Efforts.

 

Open source software called Ushahidi allows people to add and update information to maps that anyone with an Internet connection can access. In Tokyo, a crew of volunteers is using the software to map everything — from health services to the location of emergency aid workers — in Japan’s hardest hit areas. Patrick Meier, director of the crisis mapping segment of Ushahidi, says that because of the robust Internet infrastructure in Japan and tech-savvy citizenry, online crisis mapping is being utilized to its fullest potential.

Listen to the March 28 NPR story from Melissa Block by clicking the link below:

Japanese Utilize Crisis Mapping

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