Posts tagged ‘Emergency Response’


This a homework assignment that Ray with CERT Southwest 74 recently gave; this was my response. The assignment was to create a list for 8 people to go on an 7 day assist.  It was not a graded assignment but a point of discussion. Remember, if you are going to assist at a disaster site you could be going to an area where resources are for the victims, NOT YOU. So you would need to bring everything. Try making your own before you look mine.

Plan for 7day assist for 8 people.

By Mark Johanningmeier


Breakfast – 3 pancake mix boxes large, 1 large oatmeal, 3 lbs of bacon, 3 bx of eggs, 6 lbs of sausage meat/links, 4 gal fresh milk, 1 bx powdered milk, 3 loaves slice bread, 2 1lb jars jam/jelly, fresh fruit (4lbs bananas, 5lbs apples, 5lbs citrus), 1 box raisins, 1bag dried dates, 1 bag dried apricots, syrup, 8 breakfast MRE’s for last day

Lunch – 60 MRE’s for lunch in the field



1+2 – 4 whole chickens, 4lbs of lean ground meat, 1 lb of rice, 2 jars of gravy, 2 bags of prepared leaf salad, 6 packs of instant potatoes, 4 lg canned fruit, 8 cans of veggies, powdered drink, 2 bags cookies

 3+4 – 8 lean steaks, 8 lg baking spuds, 4 cans of veggies, 3cans of peaches/sugar/Bisquick mix, 2 lbs of hotdogs/sausage, 3 packs of buns, 1lb of fresh carrots +broccoli, 2 veggie dips, 4 cans of veggies, 3-2L bottles of soft drink, 1 lb of rice, 8 cans of white beans, powdered fruit drink

5+6 – 8 bx of mac and cheese, 4 lg cans of tuna, 2 cans of peas, 1 lb of rice, 5 lg cans of prepared chicken, fresh carrots, onions, celery, spice packet, powdered tea, 2 bags of cookies

 7 – dinner at Mickey D’s on the way home

Snacks – popcorn for open fires, granola bars, hard candy, s’mores- (gram cracker, marshmallows, chocolate bars),

Staples – salt/pepper packets and shakers, coffee grounds/filters, mustard, ketchup, sugar/sweetener packets, powdered coffee, tea bags, peanut butter, butter, jelly packs, ICE, 3 loaves of sliced bread or bread to slice, cooking oil, Pam, aluminum foil, flour, crackers, soup (cans, packets), baking soda

 Water: planned for warm/hot weather

Drinking – 8 gal in 1 gal bottles, 16 flats of water 35 bottles/flat

2 Igloo 10 gal containers – 1 for base camp – 1 with main vehicle, 3-5gal bottles, sports drinks

Non-drinking – 600 gal for washing and clean up. This would include sponge baths/camp showers and dish washing.

Sleep: 2 six man tents, 8 cots, blankets and pillows if not brought personally,

Fuel: 1 brick of D-cell batteries, 1 brick of AA-cell batteries, 4 gal of fuel for camp stoves, 1 gal for each Coleman lantern, 2 – 40 lb. bags of charcoal, 1 bottle of lighter fluid, @ fuel for 2 vans and one trailer – 1200 mile round trip = 300+ gals of gasoline, extra 20 gal in gas cans in the vans/trucks

 Camp Supplies: 2 tables for eating, 1 table for food prep, 3 – 100 gal ice chest, 8 chairs, 2 pop-up shelters or tarps, 2 camp stoves, 1 lantern, camp shovel, broom, rake, axe, 2 large wet-wipes, 1 large hand-sanitizer, cookware, coffee pot, camp plates and cups/plastic ware – disposable eating utensils, 8 rolls of toilet paper, outhouse supplies, rope for clothes line, dish washing pots, pliers, charcoal grill, matches/lighters, dish soap, towels – cloth and paper, water/bug/critter proof storage containers, assorted shampoos, travel soap, toothpaste, etc just in case, camp first-aid kit, sulfur dust, bug spray, sun screen, pot scrubbing pads, solar shower bags, duct tape, general personal medications, liquid bleach, eye droppers, solar charging docks for cell phones, pens, pencils, paper, fire extinguisher, liquid ammonia,

 This a great preparedness guide from the state of Michigan.

These are camping websites but may help you think about food for an emergency.


Inside a Leaky House

Since hurricane season is now on us and we are to be preparing our kits for emergencies; I thought I would add this item to your list. TARPS

During Hurricane IKE the flat roof on our apartment peeled back and rain started to leak in.  But instead of just one room getting wet it filled up the air spaces and then started flowing to the back of the house coming out of every light switch, socket plate, door jam and lighting fixture on both floors of the apartment. We had just moved in and part of our stuff was in storage so we were stuck! It would have been nice to have had a few cinder blocks and and some waterproof tarps/plastic sheets to have put over stuff.

Even if you are on the ground floor the water may come through two or three floors above you so you need to be ready.  What can you or would you be able to stack stuff on to keep your belongings dry? What piece of furniture would you sacrifice to keep other things dry?

Possibilites: Card tables, paint cans and buckets, metal chairs, plastic garbage cans, ice chests and wash machines and dryers.

This is the time to think about rising water and water coming through your roof and what you would do. As a side note here we also have had a water pipe in the ceiling break and have had to do the same type of things for it. The furniture sliders (plastic plates) were a life saver here; we moved dressers out of harms way in just seconds.

What About Water

Thinking “water” in hurricane season can be important.  Other than several gallons that you may get at the store during the panic attack where else are  you going to store water for a week?  Most people will go to the bathtub and that is great; I use silicon seal and a piece of plastic over the drain/plug to make sure it does not leak. This needs dry time so think ahead.

One place people forget about is their hot water heater.  That is 30 to 50 gallons of drinkable water, no pressure no problem.  On the side is a faucet that is garden hose ready.  You may want to try this out before you need to use it. Remember this water can be hot if your system is on. It could also be plugged with scale.

If you have other good ideas write me!

November 21 Electronic Training

Please view the CERT film – CERT Triage: Handling Mass Casualty Situations  at

and then take the quiz at

Then use the “work sheet” to work these two situations, please use the worksheet at this link  Please post your commets in the “leave a reply box” and please join the blog.   Have a great Holiday.

#13. There is a large explosion in the food court of the mall. A lady that was sitting at a table now has an artificial flower sticking through her cheek and it is coming out under her chin. It did not break her teeth or pierce her tongue.

#13. Leaving the flower in place you control the bleeding.  She is sitting quietly waiting for her ride to the hospital.

#13. Hay una explosion fuerte en el area de comida del Mall. Una mujer que estaba sentada en una mesa, se le clavo una flor artificial en su mejilla, saliendole por debajo de la barba. No le rompio los dientes o perforo su lengua.

#13. Dejandole la flor en donde esta, controla el sangrado. Ella esta sentada tranquila mientras espera ser llevada al hospital.


 #5. A man was hit by a car and thrown from a bicycle. He is responding to your questions and explains that his ankle is sore and that his right arm maybe broken.

He stops talking and capillary refill to his hands is 4 seconds, he has a glazed look on his face.

#5. Un hombre que iba en su bicicleta fue arrollado por un carro, volo de su bicicleta. El responde a las preguntas y explica que su tobillo le duele y que siente que el hueso de su brazo derecho esta roto.

Para de hablar, cuando se le hace la prueba en sus manos, oprimiendo para ver la circulacion, esta es de 4 segundos, y ahora se le ve la mirada brillosa.

This will help with your triage, first aid, incident command and your emergency response.


Triage and Incident Command Practice Worksheet

Name _________________________________

 Status:   Immediate  –  Delayed  –  Morgue

 Why?   Airway  –  Excessive Bleeding  –  Shock/Mental Status  –  Femur – Other

Explain _______________________________________________________________________________________

 Initial First Aid: __________________________________________________________________________________



 Transport to Triage:  Walk   –   Chair-carry   –   Blanket/soft stretcher   –   Backboard


 Status Change:   None  –  Immediate  –  Delayed  –  Morgue

Why? __________________________________________________________________________________________

 Additional Aid: _______________________________________________________________________________


Describe what you would do with the scenario as Incident Commander.

L- Life Safety

I – Incident Stabilization

P- Property Protection









 Emergency Response Guidebook

Hazardous Material:            ___________________________

Guide # __________

ID # _____________

AMJ – 2011

What Would You Do? Burning House.

A house explodes in the garage/utility room and throws flaming debris into the house next door setting it on fire and breaking windows and collapsing a wall.

Alright, you are the Incident Commander; describe what you would do as the person in charge.  Assume you will have several untrained people coming over asking to help.  Think about flammables, victims, etc. Yes, you have injuries to several people. Ok I will start.

1. Call 911.