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Title: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Oniwaban on November 16, 2012, 08:22:47 AM
Requesting suggestions from the community for things you would like to see for the TSP-DRT.
More Brainstorming. Any and all ideas welcome.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: rustyknife on November 16, 2012, 03:12:59 PM
here's a few for your review;

For the victims;
small teddy bears for small children
warm gloves and knitted hats for everybody
comfort foods easy to distribute
doggy treats, biscuts, chew bones etc
some personal hygiene stuff in travel size, maybe a "kit"
disposable diapers in various sizes
blankets from small child size to adult size
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Koldsteel on November 16, 2012, 04:51:05 PM
To be in the zones that Jack described, I think the responders should all be trained in basic first aid and CPR. Regardless of the mission, if the DRT is one front line serving those small areas not served by the large groups, then I think first aid ability would be very good.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Thom on November 16, 2012, 06:05:03 PM
4x4 vehicles with chains & tow straps.  Those come in handy when you have to move a tree or other heavy debris off the road.
chain saws
inverters & deep cycle batteries for charging cell phones, laptops, etc.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: CharlesH on November 17, 2012, 07:52:34 AM
It would be useful to develop a relationship with an established organization, or at least gain access to their in depth analysis of the area you are heading into.  Specificially, what is the current state of law enforcement in the specific community being approached (not just an overview of the entire disastor area)?  Other things to key on in the analysis would be: the attitude of the local population (are they desperate to the point of being dangerous?), other groups in the area, services already being supplied, status of utility infrastructure in that area and anticipated times for restoring services, etc.
 
While the up front analysis will certainly help tailor the type of response you send, the more important reason for doing it in my opinion will be the safety of your team.
 
 Charles
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Koldsteel on November 17, 2012, 09:02:19 AM
I couldn't agree more with Charles.

During Katrina, Wildlife and Fisheries came from all over the state with boats to rescue people. They were stopped by either the State Police or National Guard in Baton Rouge. I see a potential problem being prevented from accessing areas in need. A state agency having trouble with access makes me think it would be more so with a private entity.

Experience from an established agency would be very helpful.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on November 17, 2012, 09:29:45 AM
All good ideas, please keep them coming!

Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: FromScratchWoman on November 17, 2012, 09:32:38 AM
This my sound funny but give me a chance  ;) I live in a very small town with only four ways out the main two are off of an unheard of highway that is not top priority to be tended to in the winter however in a get out of dodge situation it would be the first place the folks from our nearest big city would think to go and soon would be packed if it is winter well even us locals really have to think long and hard about heading to "town" the other two well one goes up a nasty pass summit level and the other goes down a very dangerous switchback into the woods all are closed off often in the winter.. so if it hit the fan in towns like mine in the winter i can tell you you wont be able to drive a rig in or a motorcycle or a four wheeler your two options are snow machines, horses or snowshoes and in an ice storm I would be on a horse before i got on a snow machine.. but those might be two things needed for winter season disaster for towns like mine that are not on any FEMA list to be helped in any way..
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nutcase on November 18, 2012, 10:19:30 PM
Even though I hate them, SOP's are vital to any operation. It will take a lot to get them organized in a way they are usefull. Their value lies in the structure they provide. If we were to respond to a certain operation, then we would know what is to be expected and from whom. Then other responders in the group and outside the group responders would know what we are doing, or going to do.

For instance if it is a wind event than Sawyers would respond with a certain number of saws, and others would come in the capacity of swampers(labor.) As each event is encountered we would firm up what would be needed, and what is not needed.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Hootie on November 20, 2012, 09:39:32 AM
Here in Wisconsin, snow is the biggest mother nature issue. Might good to think of snow storm issues.

4 wheel drive vehicle (so you can get groceries for others)
heat source and blankets, hats, gloves
snow plow or snow blower
hot chocolate....
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Cedar on November 20, 2012, 10:23:51 AM
During Katrina, Wildlife and Fisheries came from all over the state with boats to rescue people. They were stopped by either the State Police or National Guard in Baton Rouge. I see a potential problem being prevented from accessing areas in need. A state agency having trouble with access makes me think it would be more so with a private entity.


That will give you a few more ideas if I got the idea of this thread right.
Cedar


Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Firewheelz on November 20, 2012, 10:58:40 AM
I believe that ICS classes would be extremely beneficial to people that are going to be in these teams.
I have two years in wildland fire service and a total of about 6-7 years in volunteer fire departments. I had taken several ICS classes and did not comprehend exactly how much it was needed until last year when i got down to the wallow fire in New Mexico. It really helped having my knowledge of the command system when going into an environment that had it in place. the nice thing is that many of these classes are available for FREE on the FEMA website http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all (http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all) the classes i have include IS-00200 IS-00100 IS-00700. I suggest at the very least to have IS-00100 (ICS 100) intro to Incident Command System.

I know I would love to be apart of a team I really hope this gets up and going ASAP.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: FrugalFannie on November 21, 2012, 06:31:57 PM
In watching the news about Superstorm Sandy and how the 'officials' were telling people to check online for updates when most people didn't have electricity, never mind internet access I think a really valuable service would be to have the ability to print information for services for any area we go in to help out, from all agencies. So if the American Red Cross has a shelter set up and food service at 123 Main St and there is water at someother location and which gas stations have gas or what have you, if all this was printed out we could hand this information out. Maybe include phone numbers and such for assistance.

Another idea is if we can identify people in an area who really need medical assistance (meds, oxygen, etc) and pass that info on to the appropriate persons. There are still places in NY without power. (all info from people would be voluntary and only so we could help pass it on to those who can provide assistance)
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nelson96 on November 21, 2012, 08:02:33 PM
Have backup batteries. Oh yeah.. have back up batteries. Did I mention backup batteries?

If it's winter time and you're in an area that has freezing weather, batteries don't last long and will often not even offer a full charge out-of-the-box. . . .  Have backup batteries.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: microdevil45 on November 22, 2012, 10:47:32 AM
I know it's basic but how about map reading and navigational skills outside of the common gps?  A lot of people converging on one spot for relief need to know how to get there.  Just a thought.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Recycler4570 on November 22, 2012, 06:41:47 PM
Jack mentioned having people meet and possibly do practice drills etc. i think a good way to do that might be to attach it to an existing gathering where multiple listeners already go like the Hoodlum EOTW or Dirttime or similar  events.
This might or may not be workable, but it could be a good way to at least get to know each other.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: paprepper on November 23, 2012, 08:09:22 AM
The TSPN moderators and contributors we're in close contact with me here in PA and a young person in NY furniture storm. The DRT team could use us on Zello as outside eyes, or to place phone calls as needed. They could also have their own private ops channel for team members on the ground. Note: Verizon was the most reliable during Sandy.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 23, 2012, 08:25:46 AM
As much as they may not want outside help, I do think it makes sense to attempt to coordinate with local aid groups and ask what is already being done in certain areas.  If nothing else, it avoids waste due to duplicate resources, missing some resouces, or resources that don't make sense in certain situations.

A list of member skills (even odd ones that may not seem important) would be important.  If a lady won't leave her flooded house until someone catches her cat... well, you could either leave her there or catch the cat.  Maybe someone worked with animals and can do that.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Larosa on November 24, 2012, 06:54:30 AM
I found this article very interesting
 http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Local-Mormons-lend-a-hand-to-hardest-hit-victims-4058551.php

L.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: bamarebl on December 15, 2012, 07:29:08 PM
I believe that ICS classes would be extremely beneficial to people that are going to be in these teams.
I have two years in wildland fire service and a total of about 6-7 years in volunteer fire departments. I had taken several ICS classes and did not comprehend exactly how much it was needed until last year when i got down to the wallow fire in New Mexico. It really helped having my knowledge of the command system when going into an environment that had it in place. the nice thing is that many of these classes are available for FREE on the FEMA website http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all (http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all) the classes i have include IS-00200 IS-00100 IS-00700. I suggest at the very least to have IS-00100 (ICS 100) intro to Incident Command System.

I know I would love to be apart of a team I really hope this gets up and going ASAP.

I agree with Firewheelz on this part. In fact, to plug into the Incident Command System at the disaster scene, each member of the group should have IS100 and IS700 at a minimum. Leaders should take IS200 and IS800. I think that the independent study courses from FEMA are very good for those that would be responders. I would suggest, in addition to the "required" courses I listed, that members take any and all IS courses they are interested in. They are free and you take them at your leisure on a computer. http://training.fema.gov/IS/ (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com//training.fema.gov/IS/)

I also recommend affiliating with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). They are a like a "group of groups", that meet with the agencies and organizations to make sure that needs are met, redundancy is minimized (the bad type of redundancy), and all the agencies know each other's strengths and weaknesses. http://www.nvoad.org/ (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com//www.nvoad.org/) The group can affiliate at the local level, such as a county or regional VOAD, because the National VOAD is supported by the smaller organizations and dues are paid by those smaller VOADs to the National Group. small organization=small dues.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Hootie on December 16, 2012, 09:43:48 AM
While in know for my Ham Races group, that it is a bad pass news we have access to. I feel that people the DRT help, would want some news. So what do you do.

Just have a FM radio playing to update people near your car?
Only tell people what has been publicly put out by the media?

Just trying to think beyond the '3 hot meals and a cot to sleep in' mentality.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: endurance on December 16, 2012, 09:49:22 AM
Pumps and hoses.  A good quality 1.5"-3" trash pump could be useful in both wildland fire suppression and pumping out flooded basements.

I'd certainly offer up my pumps in a time of need.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on December 16, 2012, 11:59:02 AM
Hey everybody,
 
                       Please keep all the ideas and experiences comming.  While we aren't replying to each and every one of them, please be assured that we are taking note and studying all of them .

Keep up the good work and keep the ideas flowing.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: endurance on December 16, 2012, 03:00:19 PM
Not sure where to put this, but ultimately, what is the desired capabilities and contributions out of DRT?  Is the focus to aid in rescue, providing shelter, helping homeowners minimize damage before a storm, helping homeowners rebuild, helping people cut through red tape to get food/water/shelter, to provide food/water/shelter for individuals after the storm?

So far I haven't seen a cohesive mission statement that defines what the purpose is, which is leading to a lot of random contributions.  If the goal is rescue assistance, better add airbags, cribbing, K12 saw, Jaws... if the goal is helping provide shelter, better add things like tents, blankets, cots, and heat sources... 

If I'm missing the mission statement somewhere, please point me toward it.  If not, perhaps that should be something to define and stick in a sticky thread.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: decay on December 25, 2012, 08:07:39 PM
I have been a team leader for a NET(CERT) team in Portland,OR. I moved to the county and join a CERT team.

I used to be a EMT in NYC and CO. I think all DRT should Get wilderness CFR training. basic FEMA CERT training is not enough
medical training to get around in a disaster.

thanks
from rainy Xmas day!
in OR!
decay
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Cedar on December 26, 2012, 01:26:38 PM
If it's winter time and you're in an area that has freezing weather, batteries don't last long and will often not even offer a full charge out-of-the-box. . . .  Have backup batteries.

I had keep them in my sleeping bag or bra out on the sled dog events or the batteries would die pretty quickly.

Cedar
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Big_Al on January 20, 2013, 08:52:53 AM
If the teams are designed for regionally aligned teams then plan for a 12 person team that has expertise in 2 of the 7 main survival skills, and are competent in the other 5.  The 7 main survival skills are food, water, shelter, energy, security, health/sanitation, and communications.   For instance one team member can be an expert at food and water, another shelter and energy, etc...  The teams can have multiple overlap of expertise based on their region and scenario.

In other words, develop a task organization and chain of leadership, then tell the team member what expertise you want, based on experience. It's not about what a person brings, it's about what gaps exists on a team, and the member being humble enough to adapt to the need, and train for it.

In the mechanized infantry world we use the McDonald land drive thru
concept. We set up a logistics point where everything is on trailers or big trucks. Every mid morning and evening we pull up to the log guys in their trucks that are staged.
Truck 1-we pull up and get our Bradley's fueled off, smile, and wave
Truck 2 we pull up and get fed meals already cooked
Truck 3 we receive ammo and things that go boom
Truck 4 we get medical and health/welfare items
We never left the Bradley, and just pulled through to the next station.

The trick is to set up a command center with the trucks/trailers, then send out the a
12 person team from that.

In sum task organize for region, for most likely events, have a main team that interacts with people, and a support staff to assist using the McDonald land concept.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: juggaloprepper on February 11, 2013, 02:34:20 AM
            My idea is more to help people who want to help, like me. Where I work it is very hard to get excused time off, unexcused time off hurts you. I would need the DRT to be legit enough to show my supervisor and tell them " This is what I am going to do." and have them excuse me.
             I know this is more of a problem with them, but I think a lot of people could be in the same situation.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: idelphic on February 12, 2013, 08:40:51 AM
            My idea is more to help people who want to help, like me. Where I work it is very hard to get excused time off, unexcused time off hurts you. I would need the DRT to be legit enough to show my supervisor and tell them " This is what I am going to do." and have them excuse me.
             I know this is more of a problem with them, but I think a lot of people could be in the same situation.
I think that this is going to be the hardest thing to accomplish.  It will always be the employers choice to accept or deny the validity of a organization.  I hear cases from time to time where someone in the reserves is called to duty and upon their return finds that their job was filled and they now don't have one.  If this is happening to our service personal, how is that going to affect Plumber Joe?

In 2003 there was a ice storm in Central Kentucky where I am now.  I've heard horror stories from several people in the Amateur Radio field of events in the Command Center.  I heard that a ham told the Mayor to hush, he was on the radio....  Things like that don't win many points.  A single day call up was dragged out to five days because they wanted faux bragging rights of being there and helpful... and the buffet of food. Several now call ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) Always Ready to Eat Something... 

From the little I have heard, most services were back up in just over 24 hours,..  but they kept hanging around for days.  Years later when we had some tornadoes come through, several 'appointed' hams tried to get into the damaged area,.. police and fire refused them because of the abuse in past years.

Don't get me wrong...  I wished I had a 26' box truck and my CDL ...  but I don't have either...  I want to help..  but just don't know what I would be able to do,.. or what my employer would allow...  and I still have bills to pay.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: rikkrack on February 12, 2013, 09:35:37 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on February 12, 2013, 08:24:23 PM
First, please allow me to introduce myself.  I have been chosen to be the Executive Director of Citizens Assisting Citizens, Inc. (formerly known as the TSP DRT).   Basically that means that I am running the day to day operations of the Corp., but I am not a member of the Board of Directors.  We are incorporated officially as a not for profit corporation and we are currently awaiting our exempt status from the IRS.

Juggaloprepper, we will have all the paperwork to be legit and it falls on me to ensure that our responses to emergencies will show us to be legit.  The BOD and I are working very hard to ensure that from our first response on we will be the most professional and best team on the scene.

Idelphic, our job will be to serve the needs of the "victims" affected by the disaster and also the needs of the responders.  When, in the opinion of OUR incident commander we are no longer serving our purpose, we are gone.  We are all volunteers and have other lives.  And while we all have a strong desire to serve and assist our fellow man in need we will not be abused.

Rikkrack, ya got extra butter?

Thanks for the posts

nitehawg
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: rikkrack on February 13, 2013, 04:25:07 AM
Jut wanted to stay update as things progress. Noting noteworthy to post at this time. I am glad to see thing are pro geeing behind the scenes and thanks for the update. I was realty charged up when I first learned about DRT now CAC.

Keep the updates coming!

Rick
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on February 13, 2013, 08:06:31 AM
Probably should offer my apologies.  We were very busy working hard trying to get the "legal" parts done during the holiday season, and unfortunately ignored the Forums a little too much.  We were reading the thoughts and ideas posted but not replying.  Thank the Lord for lawyers and accountants making sure that the i's are dotted and the T's crossed.  In the same breath dang those lawyers and accountants for not letting us move forward until things were right.  We still got a little to go on the "legal" end but now we are beginning to develop our operations plan which is where I hope the Forum members will be a big help.  Things like training, communications, deployment plans all need to be developed and implemented.  It's a long journey and while we aren't reinventing the wheel we are making sure that we implement plans that are right and tailored to us.

Thanks

nitehawg
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: rikkrack on February 13, 2013, 08:25:26 AM
Something I found beneficial and I am sure in the notes or boards to consider but the way the ANTS group would allow partial transporting or gathering supplies but not directly going to disaster area.

Summary. Person A has a box of food or some water/supplies to donate and lets say is in small city Po-dunk. Meet Person B at local McDonalds along highway. Person B is from another small town and is on way to larger city Metropolis. Person B picks up supplies from Person A and drives to Metropolis and drops off at meeting location for The Team who are in route to disaster area, City C. Person A, and B don't go directly to disaster site, but aid to others in need. The Team get supplies without having as many people at the site, or having to transport all on their own. Big logistics and networking resource, but if planned out could work out well. 

http://www.americansnetworkingtosurvive.org/ (http://www.americansnetworkingtosurvive.org/)
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on February 13, 2013, 06:40:04 PM
Now there's an interesting idea rikkrack.  And while it may have logistic and networking issues up front, it also solves a couple of other issues.  As you mentioned it keeps the scene from getting overpopulated plus it affords an opportunity for those who can't deploy for a period of time to assist.  This could work out to be really great.

Thanks

nitehawg
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: idelphic on February 14, 2013, 07:55:06 AM
First, please allow me to introduce myself.  I have been chosen to be the Executive Director of Citizens Assisting Citizens, Inc. (formerly known as the TSP DRT).   Basically that means that I am running the day to day operations of the Corp., but I am not a member of the Board of Directors.  We are incorporated officially as a not for profit corporation and we are currently awaiting our exempt status from the IRS.

Juggaloprepper, we will have all the paperwork to be legit and it falls on me to ensure that our responses to emergencies will show us to be legit.  The BOD and I are working very hard to ensure that from our first response on we will be the most professional and best team on the scene.

Idelphic, our job will be to serve the needs of the "victims" affected by the disaster and also the needs of the responders.  When, in the opinion of OUR incident commander we are no longer serving our purpose, we are gone.  We are all volunteers and have other lives.  And while we all have a strong desire to serve and assist our fellow man in need we will not be abused.

Rikkrack, ya got extra butter?

Thanks for the posts

nitehawg
Following up on this thread, I see the name change and did a google search.  There is already a organization with the  name of Citizens Assisting Citizens, Inc. (http://cfcinc.org/)

One and the same?

Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on February 14, 2013, 10:29:05 AM
idelphic, that's a nagative.  Have to have the lawyers check this out.

Thanks for the catch

nitehawg
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: North WI Thriver on February 16, 2013, 07:46:01 AM
...two options are snow machines, horses or snowshoes and in an ice storm I would be on a horse before i got on a snow machine.. but those might be two things needed for winter season disaster for towns like mine that are not on any FEMA list to be helped in any way..

I live in a little town in Northern Wisconsin.  A quick Bing search will turn up the local snowmobile clubs and some of the members listed even have HAM radio handles. A DRT looking to come to a place like this might want to tap into local sporting clubs like this who have the equipment and familiarity to navigate the landscape and scout for suitable areas to drive road vehicles so we're not going in blind.  These clubs also serve as an information network and can even transport rescuers from a base camp to remote farmhouse where they're needed. 
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nelson96 on February 16, 2013, 08:41:17 AM
if it hit the fan in towns like mine in the winter i can tell you you wont be able to drive a rig in or a motorcycle or a four wheeler your two options are snow machines, horses or snowshoes and in an ice storm I would be on a horse before i got on a snow machine.. but those might be two things needed for winter season disaster for towns like mine that are not on any FEMA list to be helped in any way..

I basically agree.  I don't see the point of using a snowmobile unless you know exactly where you're going and the actual search is over.  A snowmobile could prove very useful for sledding in food and gear, or to sled out an injured person.  But if you are searching for people, a horse, snowshoes, or cross country skis would be my choice.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: mark.s on March 03, 2013, 11:28:52 PM
idelphic, that's a nagative.  Have to have the lawyers check this out.


Good fun... didn't see that one! We will have to see what sort of complications this could raise. We can use the legal name as the name of our corporation in CO, but there might be some other complications down the road. I'll shoot off an email to the lawyer in the group.

-Mark
(the accountant who is slowing down progress...)
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: mark.s on March 03, 2013, 11:31:13 PM
Following up on this thread, I see the name change and did a google search.  There is already a organization with the  name of Citizens Assisting Citizens, Inc. (http://cfcinc.org/)

One and the same?

That group is actually Citizens For Citizens, Inc... so we should be good.

-Mark
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Oil Lady on March 04, 2013, 04:47:23 AM
I'd like to suggest someone get in touch with a man named Brad Barker. He's a disaster preparedness expert here in civilian life, and he has a military background in Special Ops. Barker and his company (called the HALO Corporation) took a team down to New Orleans during the Katrina aftermath, so he has first hand experience with disaster response. And the guy totally digs Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast. This link is to a thread I launched yesterday about the man.

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=41766.0

SUMMATION OF THIS THREAD LINK: Two nights ago Brad Barker got up on live radio with over 5 million listeners worldwide and made the very firm suggestion that people tune into Jack Spirko of the Survival Podcast. He recited the web address for TSP no less than three times, and he even took the time to spell Jack's last name right there on the air.
 
Barker is evidently a huge fan of TSP, admits to being a regular listener to the podcast, but he states that he doesn't know Jack at all (they've never met or spoken) and he merely listens to TSP, so I am assuming that he isn't actually involved with us at this time. But since he is a regular listener to the podcast, I'm sure he is aware of the DRT (so if he has already availed himself to TSP's DRT effort, then ignore my suggestion). But if no one here has ever heard from the guy, I'm thinking that with that kind of an endorsement two nights ago from a man of such experience, I think maybe a friendly phone call --maybe from Jack himself-- might result in an excellent asset/alliance/resource for the DRT effort.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: seawrath on March 04, 2013, 09:29:50 AM
I sent this video to Jack with no response, so I decided to send it here to hear everyone's thoughts..
Its a program to organize items,volunteers, and services. I think this is needed for the drt in many neighborhoods.

http://on.ted.com/Oneill


http://recovers.org

 
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: TwoXForr on December 06, 2013, 08:49:22 AM
Besides the actual responders that would go into the affected area, how about having a team of volunteer Comm/Research persons. 

Ground Team is on the Scene, and there is no internet and lousy communications.  They send out by whatever mean possible (text, Zello,)  to the Comm Team their requests for Maps, local Aid Centers set up by the Red Cross, FEMA, ect.    Also the Comm Team could look up locations of possible sites to local churches and other places where help might be available. 

The Comm Team could volunteer in shifts for 4/8/12 hours in which they will be in their homes and ready to do some Google Fu to give timely information out. 
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: nitehawg on December 06, 2013, 11:45:59 AM
Thanks for the note TwoXForr,

We are making provisions for those volunteers who declare themselves non-deployable.  Among them will be comms "base stations" and administrative jobs including R&D, training course development, volunteer management among a host of others.  We strongly believe that just because somebody can't deploy doesn't mean they can't volunteer and be an integral part of the Team.

Thanks again,
"nitehawg"
Executive Director
Citizens Assisting Citizens
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Canadian Prepper on December 06, 2013, 03:00:41 PM
I'll have to agree with earlier posters who suggested that participants take at least some of the introductory FEMA/DHS Independent Study courses. Perhaps those taking on leadership positions might need to take a couple more, or it might be advisable to provide a list of most desirable courses for those who've got the time to take them.

I think that the discussion of DRT goals, tasks, SOPs and other matters would be more productive after people have taken at least the basic courses on NIMS and ICS, and perhaps a few others in areas like SAR. How the DRT may fit into the larger NIMS/ICS model or possibly utilize it to shape its internal structure might be better discussed after more people have familiarized themselves with it.

I realize that there's also lots of possibilities as to how the DRT might actually try to contribute to any emergency, whether providing aid directly to disaster victims or supporting another voluntary or government agency providing aid. Joining a state-level VOAD might be a possibility (national level VOAD membership requires an enormous budget and/or huge amount of volunteers).

All of this isn't to say that the DRT has to be anything too complicated, but simply that a certain base level of knowledge about how disaster response is run in the US will help to formulate its mission and goals.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Big_Al on January 07, 2014, 08:43:25 AM
Corporations use scale to determine if a market is viable or not.  The suggestion here is to lower expectations in going to a regional disaster area with a bunch of food and supplies to help out an entire community.  Start with a baseline of service and help a particular individual in a localized disaster.  The CAC could then determine if this small scale operation was a success, failure, or otherwise.  Once the group has several small scale "wins" under their belt then they can scale it up.  We do this in the military with deployments, especially the National Guard.  We will sent in small units of hand picked individuals to complete a limited duration and scope deployment.  Once we get a few "wins" we start ramping up the size of units and expand the mission.  We learn as we go.  There is an upper threshold to this, and the trick is to find the right balance of individuals, scope of work, and realistically what could be done.

Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: AngusBangus on December 15, 2014, 11:23:04 AM
If you are interested and haven't already, please visit CACTeam.com (http://www.cacteam.com) to sign up and/or donate. We need everyone who is willing. Signing up in no way commits you to any specific disaster response... we aren't the military. If you can't support us with your time or money, please support us with your social capital. That is, go to the website and share it to your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)

Dillon - Region IV Coordinator

NOTE: I will be posting this across multiple threads within the TSP DRT board to reach the widest audience. I believe this is not outside the forum rules given that this board is dedicated to this specific subject.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Cedar on December 15, 2014, 05:16:25 PM
How does one go about finding out what region one is in?

Cedar
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: COG_K on December 15, 2014, 06:51:57 PM
How does one go about finding out what region one is in?

Cedar

http://www.cacteam.com/about-us/regional-coordinators/

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the map.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Cedar on December 15, 2014, 10:05:44 PM
Sorry.. yes. I messaged PA about it and he told me to keep scrolling. I did find it. Thanks!

Cedar
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: Hootie on December 17, 2014, 07:49:43 PM
Might be nice to have a basic list of what we could keep in our cars (or what to have on hand ready to put in our cars). While some supplies might depend on the situation, it might be good to list some things that will always be needed. Some of us would be willing to have a go box ready to throw in the car

maybe:

Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: AngusBangus on December 18, 2014, 11:39:15 AM
Here's the list for a scout vehicle. I don't have a truck, but I have a lot of these items in my car. Hootie, you're right on track.
http://www.cacteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/planning_scout-vehicle-supply-list_v1.pdf
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: SuburbanGardener on December 18, 2014, 12:48:15 PM
Here's the list for a scout vehicle. I don't have a truck, but I have a lot of these items in my car. Hootie, you're right on track.
http://www.cacteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/planning_scout-vehicle-supply-list_v1.pdf

Will the content for the magnetic signs be posted somewhere so we can try to price them out ourselves?  I've had magnetic car signs made before (although not that large), and they weren't that expensive.
Title: Re: Disaster Response Team Suggestion Box
Post by: AngusBangus on December 18, 2014, 01:01:10 PM
Will the content for the magnetic signs be posted somewhere so we can try to price them out ourselves?  I've had magnetic car signs made before (although not that large), and they weren't that expensive.
I'm not sure it will be "out in the wild". I would expect it will be available behind a password, perhaps on the forum, for people who are volunteers, have a background check, etc.