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, […]
Basics of Fire Safety CERT Training
This week at my CERT training, I was able to learn more about fire safety. Specifically, I learned that fire can also be described as “an exothermic reaction process where rapid oxidation of a material produces light, heat, and other products of combustion”. I learned the answer to a $64,000 question: Is oxygen itself flammable? […]
Getting Started with C.E.R.T.
This last week, I had the opportunity to participate in my first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. I have to admit that I had been putting this off for quite some time, but am glad that I am finally getting involved now. The initial class was great. There are a few weeks remaining and […]
Featured: Dental Trauma, Knocked Out Tooth
The following article is used here with permission from our friends Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Enjoy! We have discussed the issue of trauma evaluation and treatment in various articles over the past year, but we have rarely brought up the issue of dental trauma. During the Vietnam war, medical personnel reported that there were […]
Lunch Ain’t Free!
For those of you fellow preppers out there, how many times have you heard this from your family, friends, or neighbors when they start talking about a disaster happening and they plan on living unprepared?: “I’ll just go to [insert your name here]’s house!” Chances are that even for those of us who live quietly, […]
Bear Suprises Texting Pedestrian
I don’t know about you all but this guy in the video has horrible situational-awareness…almost to his demise! It made me laugh pretty heartily just to see his immediate reaction after looking up past his phone. LOL Video: Why You Shouldn’t Text And Walk