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October 2017 Blog Posts (53)

"Clinic in a Can"

https://efficientgov.com/blog/2017/10/30/disaster-response-shipping-containers-tiny-clinics/

We're getting back to basics and moving out of the swamp.

These portable / transportable small clinics meet or exceed emergency requirements.

If our colleague, Maj Margaret H.L. Houlihan RN, NC, of the 4077th MASH could work in a cotton tent, these modified shipping…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 31, 2017 at 5:10am — No Comments

FEMA's "Until Help Arrives" program

https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/Bleeding-Control/articles/349108048-What-your-community-needs-to-know-about-the-Until-Help-Arrives-program/

All these public programs show that we're on the right track - from the decades of neglect.

Viva Dave's comment at article's end.

The tourniquet does require…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 31, 2017 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The value of CERT requires market economics

http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Fall-2017-EM-CERT-Should-Be-Mandatory.html

Para 2 highlights our national problem. It transcends CERT, Neighborhood Watch, a volunteer Fire and Rescue squad, ... Note the para's "no obligation or requirement".

YET: The insurance rates are the same. The payroll is intact. Why do anything with a cost when a 911 call can be made ? Why buy…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 31, 2017 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Starting To Prepare.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/2017/10/27/after-so-many-disasters-this-year-how-prepared-are-you-for-the-big-one/

They're starting to prepare and the equipment acquisitions demonstrate they're doing it right.

From a fading memory;  For vulnerable populations eg nursing home residents, hospitals, - cruise ships - , the standard ratio was 3:5, 3…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 12:28pm — No Comments

An "after action" review

http://wreg.com/2017/10/29/full-recovery-from-california-wildfires-may-take-years/

A good article....a good theme..... - but I'm not here to glorify our calling - soon enough to be deemed a profession.

Thus:

"firefighters...refusing to take breaks";  The Incident Commander MUST ensure the Safety Officer forces the issue.  End of…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments

Sandy; Lessons Learned

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/nyregion/new-york-today-preparing-for-the-next-sandy.html

"evacuate before the storm"

"candles" No !, No !, No !

"children's emotional health"

"more beer"

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The floor IS ALREADY my filing system !  (Apology for using the word "system".)

~…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 6:27am — No Comments

An "E" for effort; good intent.

http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20171027/different-kind-of-bucket-brigade-in-brockton

The Emergency Management community is in an uncomfortable position presenting contrary views to the article.

An "E" for effort and good intent goes to the church and the affiliates. Now, the reality for us only. Only the skilled political class can properly present this in large public…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 4:05am — No Comments

Everything's an external problem to them.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/26/16553748/puerto-rico-nurses-fema

Everything's an external problem to the largest nurses union.

Puerto Rico was not, is not, a Haiti.  Plus, both Puerto Rico and Haiti are not in their difficult and dangerous situations because of hurricanes and earthquakes.  The natural catastrophes only aggravated the…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 3:33am — No Comments

What starts the beginning of the project ?

http://www.americanpress.com/news/local/salvation-army-gets-boost-from-lyondellbasell-volunteers/article_58adf510-bcc6-11e7-9708-b3559d6dd1dc.html

The adage "If you want to get something done, give it to someone's who's busy" is applicable here - and establishes our needed national model.

The Salvation…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 30, 2017 at 2:59am — No Comments

All of Georgia eligible for disaster assistance

https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/georgia-counties-eligible-for-disaster-assistance#.WfWNy1UrJD8

Georgia's public utilities didn't have insurance ? Does not the utility bill to the buyer eg a home, a commercial company, cover a portion of the utility's insurance ?  

The word "critical" has a clear meaning.  If a damaged…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 29, 2017 at 3:00am — No Comments

Is there an answer ? A model ?

http://www.khou.com/news/ceo-of-red-cross-texas-gulf-coast-region-resigns/486882660

Is there are correct or model answer to this ?

The Red Cross Gulf Coast, Texas rep resigned. The local disaster scene rep and the national decision-makers were not in sync.

I cannot provide an answer. We Americans use blended - and frequently changing channels for assignments,…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 29, 2017 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Fraudulent Disaster Claims

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7555861-181/fema-says-northern-california-fire?artslide=0

Much work required.   Much, much work required.  And even more work.

On a phone call, giving out one's Social Security number and also one's bank account number............What did Einstein say was the definition of insanity ?!

It's…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 29, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

We do not need relief models from Pakistan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/10/26/natural-disasters-damage-victims-goals-and-ambitions-which-is-why-disaster-relief-is-so-important/

If Pakistani flood victims receive ~ $213 per,....and there is another natural disaster in the same area, what did the ~ $639 do…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 29, 2017 at 2:17am — No Comments

SFO First Responder Drill

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/This-is-a-Drill-First-Responders-Simulate-Disaster-Response-in-SF-453948623.html

Good pictures.

Noteworthy is the "real world"  location of the color-coded triage tarps. All disaster scenes don't have plenty of real estate to conform to the basic training manuals. 

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Added by Robert Warren on October 29, 2017 at 1:48am — No Comments

Compass 82, NJ Turnpike

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/1027/For-Sandy-survivors-a-desire-to-help-Texans-avoid-their-mistakes

A good summary of some personal aspects involving disaster recovery in the above article.

Public schools and colleges teach many subjects but not "contractor fraud" and insurance administrative matters. I read at FRA yesterday the FBI article…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 28, 2017 at 12:47pm — No Comments

"the Fuel Team"

https://www.news-journal.com/news/2017/oct/27/staples-heroes-and-lessons-emerge-in-harveys-wake/

Note:  "continuously fine-tuned".

Note again:  "continuously fine-tuned".

We know about the waiver problem and it's being addressed.  I'm an extremist on this.  There are some specific technical areas requiring legislation but, here, too, it…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 28, 2017 at 2:46am — No Comments

Cheung Yeung Festival

https://qz.com/1113432/double-ninth-festival-chongyang-chung-yeung-%E9%87%8D%E9%98%B3%E8%8A%82-what-is-it-when-is-it-how-is-it-celebrated/

Note the legends' theme to move away from the lowlands.  Apparently "Drain The Swamp" is not a new idea.

Psychology and theology at work:  "ascending physically also…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 28, 2017 at 2:26am — No Comments

High-quality training arriving !

http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/gcsc-students-engage-in-mock-disaster-response-training/846014741

Finally, high-quality training is here.

Some key items from the above article:

"hands on experience"

"with all the different participants" [~ 600 !]

"a simulation of this size"

"great teamwork"

Compliments to Gulf Coast State College…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 28, 2017 at 1:59am — No Comments

Where's Noah's report ?

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/10/26/469522.htm

Hampton Roads - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, ..., the largest metro-area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, as safe as Denver. ROFL.

Note:  "crop insurance" and "flood insurance".

The 2 comments following this insurance article are funnier than "crop insurance" and "flood…

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Added by Robert Warren on October 27, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments

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