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Triple Threats of Hurricanes & Hurricane Bug-Out-Bag


For those of us who don’t live in a danger zone for hurricanes, the most significant threats posed by a hurricane include the following: High Waves & Storm Surge High Winds Heavy Rain & Flash Floods Waves & Surge- The most fatal mistake often made with regard to response by residents during a hurricane threat, is […]

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CERT: Search & Rescue (SAR) Part 2b/3: Physical Search

CERT: Search & Rescue (SAR) Part 2b/3: Physical Search

Search & Rescue (SAR) Part 2b/3: Physical Search   Now that you’ve created the checklist, complete with initial assessments, plans, and resources, you are ready to begin the Search aspect of SAR.   It will be imperative to recall that Search can be broken down into two processes:   Search techniques adapted to the scene […]

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CERT: Search & Rescue (SAR) Part 2a/3: Physical Search

Search & Rescue Size-up Checklist Gather Facts The following are common questions that many CERT field handbooks suggest as you consider your SAR deployment: How will the time of day/day of the week/weather affect your SAR efforts? Do you know the type of structure(s) you are dealing with & their construction? Determine if the structures […]

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CERT Training: Search & Rescue (SAR) Intro Part 1/3

This week’s CERT training gave me some experience in the fundamentals of Search-And-Rescue or SAR. In learning the fundamentals of searching for the victims of a disastrous or catastrophic event, the principle of personal safety first must be exercised! Personal safety is an on-going process, not a static event. Such considerations must be implemented before, […]

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