Sunday, October 7, 2007

CERT's participate in Alexandria CERT's disaster drill














OUR VICTIMS
Hi folks!
Saturday a group of us participated in Alexandria City CERT's disaster exercise drill at John Adams elementary school. We all had a great time and learned a LOT about being a CERT. I encourage each of you who participated to share your experiences from it on the blog. Thanks for your help and thanks to our instructors for the training you provide!
Terry
Volunteer PIO
CERT 14

4 comments:

  1. Wow -- you all look great! I can't wait to hear how it went! Terry, I want to hear your story too!

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  2. Thanks Cathleen.
    We all kind of helped with the moulage; my specialty was the "Nestle 3rd degree" (burn). Take powdered chocolate and sprinkle it over fake blood; it gives you that "toasty" 3rd degree burn effect.smells good too!
    I guess one of the best parts of the exercise was guessing the points spread on the impending fight between Andrew and the Alexandria CERT who didn't like Andrew's "take the bag sitting there and go help the people"escapades.It was the CERT's bag and he took offense at the bag taking.
    The CERT was stockier, but Andrew had the reach arm-wise. I'd say they'd go 3 rounds with a TKO to Andrew. Thankfully that situation was defused without real bloodshed.
    The second thing was when we were given the comment cards at the end of the exercise. We were asked to fill out what we thought good about the exercise; what we thought bad,etc. Well, every victim there turned this into a solid 35 minute discussion on the exercise events. Everyone there chimed in on something;the discussion, the "Derek-isms" mentioned, the details we covered; it speaks volumes as to the professionalism and thoroughness of the CERT training we recieve. Our instructors are some of the best around; I'm sure of it.
    Terry
    volunteer PIO

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  3. For anyone that participated in this event, if you are interested in putting together an After Action Report for Alexandria, please let me know. There were quite a few lessons learned we might be able to share.

    Speaking of bloodshed, an important lesson was about PPE. Goggles are not of value if they help your helmet see. Gloves are of limited value in medical with you have exposed arms. During the exercise, we were able to leave our blood "mark" on several students. And bags being left. There is a definite advantage of backpacks over duffle bags.

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  4. Andrew,
    Count me in on the After action report.
    Terry
    CERT 14
    volunteer PIO

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