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September 2008 Blog Posts (27)


A tragedy struck the Maryland State Police and Local EMS early this morning just after 12 Midnight. A Maryland State Police Medivac Trooper 2 went down in PG County.

A total of 4 people were kiled ranging from MSP Officers and Paramedics, one EMT that was assisting, and one patient from an accident they were transporting from. There is one survivor who is in Critical Condition.

Keep them all in your thoughts and… Continue

Added by William king on September 28, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Simple Tips to Reduce High Wind, Flood Damage

As September's designation as "National Preparedness Month" comes to close, recovery officials remind Floridians that disaster readiness is a year-round job. Taking precautions long before storm clouds start to form is the best answer for minimizing damage from foul or extreme weather such as windstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Many recommended risk-reduction measures require a minimal amount of time and money to accomplish and can dramatically lessen the costs in dollars… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on September 27, 2008 at 7:53am — No Comments

Exam Correction

After Medics class today I found out there were a few mistakes on the exam. The mistakes were very helpful to my score as it increased it from an 83% to a 87%. The instructor had 2 questions that were keyed in wrong on the scantron and 2 questions that he felt we did not cover and thought it only fair not to count it against us.

Added by John on September 26, 2008 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

Exam 1 Results

First exam results are in and I got an 83% on it as a whole the entire class did well. A good start for me and hopefully I can keep up with the good scores. more to come later.

Added by John on September 25, 2008 at 9:10am — 2 Comments

Medics class

Hi all Sorry I have not been on in a while Having started medics class this fall and then having the remnantsof Ike blow through it has been very busy. I will try to stop by and post some updates as to how the class is going,and where I am at grade wise LOL. Take care all and BE SAFE.


Added by John on September 23, 2008 at 7:56am — 1 Comment


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Added by Capt. D Lewis on September 20, 2008 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

National Preparedness Month 2008

As of September 19, 2008,, along with more than 3,198 organizations across the country have signed up to partner with the Ready Campaign for National Preparedness Month 2008 to help educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness.

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Recommended Items to…


Added by Capt. D Lewis on September 19, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 11

I responded to a multi-vehicle accident earlier tonight. Two people were transported to the hospital. The worst of the two had a broken leg. Our department responded with a command car,an ambulance, and one of our engines. Officers from three different departments showed up to assist with traffic control, do the accident investigation etc. I bring this up because it reminds us that even in the midst of the historically bad disaster that Ike is, the smaller day to day emergencies still take… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 18, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

We saw this while driving on 6-7-08

We took a drive to Lancaster the back way thru Mountville, PA. And saw this accident. My instincts wanted to get out of the car and help out but they had it pretty well covered and they were trying to get the traffic moving. So, instead of being in the way. We just took the picture and moved on.

Thought you would enjoy this… Continue

Added by Larry W on September 18, 2008 at 9:27pm — 1 Comment

Home Exploded Jan 5, 2008

Home explodes; no major injuries By KARA EBERLE Daily Record/Sunday News

Article Launched: 01/05/2008 06:13:03 AM EST

As David Bardo approached the home on East Prospect Road, he heard a loud hissing sound.

The Yorkana fire chief knew natural gas was leaking.

A car had crashed into the house.

Everyone was out of the house and the car.

We need to move, he thought.

As Bardo, several other firefighters, fire… Continue

Added by Larry W on September 18, 2008 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Houston Texas Firefighter Mayday

One of the most bone chilling close call videos ever. Houston, Texas fire Captain trapped in high rise fire. More about that call here:

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on September 18, 2008 at 6:01am — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 10

60% of Southeast Texas is without power ! The good news 9,500 utility crews from throughout the U.S. and Canada have arrived to turn the lights on ! The local YMCA is allowing non members to use its facilities to take showers, and charge cell phones. One feeding location in Baytown to our east has served over 1,500 meals today. My hat is off for the Red Cross and North Carolina Baptist Men for that one. Bolivar Peninsula is accessible only by boat or helicopter.

Several local… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 17, 2008 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 9

66% of electricity customers in southeast Texas are still without power. Supplies such as gasoline, diesel (for generators etc.) food water and ice are becoming scarce even in the few stores able to pen. Frustration is building all around. Whole communities such as Galveston, and Bolliver Peninsula have been declared unfit for human habitation. Over 1,500 historical buildings in Galveston alone have been damaged. Several people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and dozens more injured… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 16, 2008 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

Texas rescuers describe scenes of devastation

GALVESTON, Texas — Rescuers flew into a hard-to-reach area of the swamped Gulf Coast Monday and uncovered a devastated landscape: Hurricane Ike had swamped entire subdivisons, and emergency crews feared they would find more victims than survivors. It was the first time anyone had gotten a look at the damaged resort barrier island of Bolivar Peninusla, just east of hard-hit Galveston. Homes were splintered or completely washed away in the beachfront…


Added by Capt. D Lewis on September 16, 2008 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 8

Channel 11 the CBS affiliate in Houston was knocked off the air for a bit last night. They had already lost electrical power, and then their back up generator failed. They are very near our central business district, and even nearer two of our larger bayous. Both bayous were near bank full at the time. So much for journalists not becoming part of the story. LOL

Due to this morning's rain I was a little over three hours late for work at my other job. Still I got there, and we are back… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 14, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Hurrican Ike:Sitrep 7

We just received over two and a half inches of rain in a two hour period here at my place. That makes our two day total about 7 inches. Today's rain come snot from Ike directly but from a cool front moving through our area. This is very unusual. Normally weather immediately after a hurricane is usually clear, hot and humid. Obviously those still without power will welcome the relief from the heat. Unfortunately several mor einches of rain will make a bad situation worse for those experiencing… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 14, 2008 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike:Sitrep 6

Vast areas to the southeast of me are flooded. Nothing near that bad around here. The biggest remaining problem around me is most people are still without power. I told my wife earlier we must be truly blessed. The last 24 hours have been as if Hell opened up around us, and yet we are fine.

I have family of one sort or the other in several parts of town. So you can see things through the eyes of at least one family here's the run down of where we stand.

My daughter and… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 13, 2008 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike Sitrep 5

Its just before 7pm now. Winds have increased to 32mph here with gusts to 39. So the gusts are already over tropical storm force. They're blowing the trees around pretty good already.

Greens Bayou in Eastern Harris County is out of banks already do to storm surge + rising tides. I grew up near there and know the area well. A motel near the bayou has already have to move guests to their second floor. If Allison in 2001 is any indication that may not be good enough. A block or so down… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 12, 2008 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 4

Its almost 5pm here in Katy. The wind speed is about the same as last time, although that won't hold for much longer. The clouds are thickening. The outer bands of Ike are at or near the coast so things are just now barely beginning. the weather is expected to rapidly deteriorate over the next hour or two. Flooding along the coast has already begun to occur. The entire town of Surfside Beach is reported to be under water. Exxon-Mobil's Baytown refinery ( our contry's largest refiner of… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 12, 2008 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike Sitrep 3

At 10am this morning 50% of the coastal town of Surfside Beach was already under water. Bear in mind that landfall of Ike is not expected until between 1am & 4am tomorrow. Roads all up and down the coast are becoming impassible. Galveston County to my south east is expecting to experience 10-12 hours of hurricane force winds once Ike has made landfall. The storm surge at Galveston may well be the highest in history, and the city's seawall is already in danger of being topped.

Its… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 12, 2008 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

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