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Disaster Prep

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 6:22 AM
Hello! I've been a little quiet here, lately.

Most of my "finished" drawing has been for Curtailed these days, as my free time is even more limited than usual!

Crazier than normal at work for the time being, and I've also been in training for my local CERT - Community Emergency Response Team program. The link has further details, but essentially it's volunteer disaster response for times when emergency first responders might be overwhelmed, and therefore delayed getting to your community (the program really took off after Katrina). Our goal is "do the most good for the most people."

The course covers basic search and rescue, triage, disaster first aid (emphasis on treating immediate life threats for as many people as possible before trying to provide individualized care), hazard identification, basic fire suppression... honestly, in the past year or two, just in my area of the country, we've had hurricanes, earthquakes, and now bombings and terrorist activity... it's a scary world out there, and I'm happy to be learning a bit of what I can do to help.

If you're interested in learning what you can do to help, too, you can search for a local CERT program for your community. Training varies from place to place, but you can expect a couple of months of weekly classes, and possibly for a nominal fee (we paid about $12, and most of that goes to food provided for the final exam). In addition to CERT, I was easily able to find first aid, fire safety, and other courses provided by my local fire station, any of which will make you just a little bit better equipped to survive and help your friends and family in an emergency!

...and CERT certification, at least in my county, is a prerequisite that opens up opportunities for even more advanced courses, like wilderness search and rescue, water search and rescue, or even K9 training programs (cadaver dogs, etc).

Even without courses, if you haven't recently, now's a good time to make sure you have a basic disaster supply kit for your home and office, and run through some basic fire prevention and safety as well! Hurricane season is right around the corner...!

My CERT final exam is this Saturday. There's a nearby "abandoned" juvenile detention center that our local police and fire fighters use for training purposes. We'll be out there all day, organizing our team to triage, rescue, and treat a couple hundred volunteer "victims" in the facility. I already have my assignment for it: I'll be with the commander as "Accountability," my job is going to be "know where everybody and everything is at all times, and write it all down." I think all those years of "handwriting counts for your grade" got me here...!

Wish me luck! Then go get involved and be prepared!

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Hans-Otter Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
it good to do that kind of help mandy're a good person, here in mexico's not that kind of thing and if we donate to help communities usually money politicians spend it on cars or Manciones but would be a good option mexico disaster but we care more for their poverty and hunger as the weather here is more quiet but not very smart politicians come concompra of votes and the current eliguieron what that was married to a soap opera actris so is difficult to make programs hunger efectibos mexico but I wish you luck mandy in usa if more serious things happen good thus help
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MandySeley Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you! It's too bad you don't have a local program like CERT, but you can always help out your friends and neighbors anyway. :)

Very cute drawing! :meow:
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HansOzzy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Thanks, I got lost for a while but it turned
and of course there are ways to help, I just realized the green peace activities in mexico, when I finish my studies, I will come to volunteer for a while to set a good example.

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renegade-chimera Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
zombie survival was the first thing i thought when reading Ready.gov.

i've been making a kit for my self and house since the JAN floods here in QLD
hays everything from a clockwork radio to big pointy-things to keep bad stuff at bay.
(that includes anti-pointy-things to fix boo boos)

and the best thing about it? it all fits within a 30 KG hiking pack and webbing for
when you need to act like a tree and run for the hills!
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bubblesishot46853 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Nice! Glad you're still alive! And I haven't hugged your lovely fursona in a while! *hugs her softly*
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SorataYuy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Good luck! You can do it! :)
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chrispco Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
First thought: "Hey, she's linking to a page I worked on!"

*click*

Second thought: "Nooo, they redesigned Ready.gov! All my work is gooonnnneeee."

Third thought: "I never actually thought anyone read those pages. Whoa."

Good for you! When the zombie apocalypse hits, I'm hiking over to your area. It's my only chance at survival.
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MandySeley Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Our instructor has made so many zombie jokes that we're thinking of bringing Nerf shotguns to the final...

Also, neat! I do actually browse ready.gov fairly often, making sure I'm up to date n' such. :)
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DivRank Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Im glad I learned Calligraphy. Dont tell me you are a New Englandite... *waits for the response*
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MandySeley Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
East coast.
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