Started by EBuff75, September 10, 2021, 11:23:18 PM
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Quote from: woodsghost on September 11, 2021, 08:42:15 AMI am understanding that you all have a Ham radio of some sort? Training on deployment and operation sounds useful. Especially if not all the people are fully comfortable with it. Antenna up, set up power, all plugs and fiddly bits go places, make a call, change channel or maybe get fancy and do a frequency change and offset change? Maybe a band change?
Quote from: RoneKiln on October 14, 2021, 01:37:01 AMThe reverse food / water handout idea works great going door to door on Halloween and is a lot of fun. My youth group did that long ago to collect food for the food bank.Could also helps raise awareness of the CERT team among the community.
Quote from: NapalmMan67 on January 13, 2022, 03:31:17 PMSorry, I don't have any ideas for you. Is your group in your city/town?I wish there was a local CERT group in my town. I've spoken to the local FD and PD a few years ago about getting something active, but it went no where. Maybe I need to ask again about getting something going.
Quote from: PistolPete on January 13, 2022, 03:37:06 PMBack with ZS I organized a few mock disasters. We would set up a scenario and split the team into 3.First group is the people affected by the disaster. Each get a card with an injury or condition and how they should react and a card for the best treatment. Maybe it's just lost glasses or a jammed thumb or maybe it's a person showing symptoms of shock or with a serious injury. Second group is the observers. They watch, witness and take notes.Third group is the CERT team. We would roll the scenario 3 times (time providing) so each person gets to play each roll. It was always very interesting and full of learning. Having someone wise in the ways of medical care is helpful in creating the cards and helping with evaluation. By adding things like dark basements, mandatory PPE (cheap goggles fog over fast!), fake blood, maybe even a smoke machine or strobe light, can really up the level of stress. Have you ever tried to find a source of bleeding and use a tourniquet in the dark by flashlight with fogged over goggles while wearing gloves? It brings a level of stress that classroom training doesn't. It's not real world experience, but it's a fun exercise that can really bond a team.The disaster itself could be anything likely in your AO- tornado, earthquake, snowstorm, power outage, alien invasion- you can go as deep or as light as you want. I found one could learn a lot no matter what group they end up in if you can only run through once or twice. You get dirty and sweaty and all have a good laugh at the end, but you'll always remember that sometimes that person who can't breath is just an asthma attack that is easily treatable on site if you think to ask and other such lessons.