Disaster Medical Triage

The most terrifying part of any incident is the chaos of the unknown and unexpected. Chaos cannot be avoided but it can be managed. The word “TRIAGE” means “to sort.” By using triage to sort your priorities, you can make order of chaos. In this presentation, we review medical triage and show you tips and tricks to quickly and accurately sort survivors of a mass-casualty incident and show you how to expand this technique to other parts of your life.

Staging Areas and Initial Response to Disasters

During a disaster, such as an earthquake, you and your neighbors will become the first responders in your own communities, until the professionals can arrive. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training teaches you how to self-organize with your neighbors and meet at pre-designated CERT Staging Areas where you can initially deploy Damage Assessment Teams from to find out how bad things are and then deploy Response Teams to do the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People. This Video Training covers the Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up CERT Staging Areas and an Initial Response to a Disaster.

Leading and Organizing Successful Teams

The “T” in Community Emergency Response Team is how the response happens. So much about organizing as a functional team is taught in the Incident Command System module of the CERT training. What isn’t taught is what it takes to be a good Team Leader and how the Team Leader and Team Members work together to accomplish the mission. The reality is that the Team Members are not there to support the Team Leader. The Team Leader is there to support the Team Members and it is the Team Members who succeed the mission. There are no gold-stars in CERT. The Team succeeds or fails together. Download the PowerPoint Presentation at https://1drv.ms/b/s!AnZKb4KPZl2YxpcaU… This presentation builds upon our previous presentation on setting up CERT Staging Areas.

Leading Medical Response Teams

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Medical or Incident Response Teams will need to respond after a disaster to provide basic and life-saving first-aid until professional responders can arrive. What you do in the hours following a disaster will save lives. But what does a Medical Response Team do? What are the core components and roles? Can you be a member of a team but not have first-aid training? What does the role of Team Leader do and should I be one?

This presentation builds on our previous presentation: Leading and Organizing Successful Teams

CERT Forms and the Role of the Scribe

“If it wasn’t written down, it didn’t happen.” It can be argued that the scribe is the most important position on a team. Disasters are chaos made manifest. Good documentation will make quick order of chaos. The Community Emergency Response Team forms are designed for people who don’t live and breathe Incident Command System (ICS) and help guide you through what needs to be documented. The scribe is not a passive role, and should be actively seeking information. Where are we, what time is it, how many survivors do we have, what are their conditions. This information needs to be reported over the radio and a good scribe will have this information ready for you to read off over the radio. Having a good scribe will make any team response better. It’ll be chaos out there, if someone writes it down, you don’t need to remember it and can focus on the task at hand. CERT Forms and the Role of the Scribe

Neighborhood Resilience and Security After a Disaster

After an major earthquake, city services will be unavailable for days, if not weeks. Neighborhoods that work together will survive together. “Hope is not a strategy.” Everyone should be prepared to survive on their own without markets or gas stations or restaurants during this time. But we don’t exist in a vacuum. We live in communities, in neighborhoods, in street blocks. By working with our neighbors and combining resources, it’s easier for everyone to survive. Time and time again, we hear people who are worried about letting their neighbors know what they have or are worried that their neighborhoods will become targets by those who didn’t prepare. An active, prepared neighborhood will actually be less of a target than a single home that is prepared but on their own.

Neighborhood Organization and Advanced Personal Preparedness

Statistically, 70% of all survivors of a disaster are rescued by other survivors. Immediately after a disaster, you and your neighbors will become the first responders in your community. What you do in the first hour after an earthquake will save lives. The Map Your Neighborhood Training (MYN) is a core part of the Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN) and Neighborhood Team Programs (NTP) and gives you the basic knowledge of what you and your neighbors need to do in the “Golden Hour” following an earthquake to take care of yourself and your family and to safely help your neighbors. Traditionally this is hosted in one of your neighbor’s homes and generally focuses on 20-house hold blocks. These Block Teams become the core response during the first hour immediately following a disaster such as an earthquake. What you do in the first hour after an earthquake will save lives.