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Hi all, At last weekend we had an new earthquake (Richter 5.9) in İzmir, west part of Turkey. Fortunate nobody died, only some small number of people were injured. What do you advice me after any earthquake ıf I stay under press big stones and I am injured ? What should I do ? What should I think ? What should my thoughts be under limited area ? What about my voice ?, energy ?, Can I manage my respiratuar rate ? I'll be very happy ıf you share me your thoughts ? Thanks? Mehmet ERYILMAZ Gülhane Military Medical Academy Etlik 06018 Ankara TURKEY ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 10:57:04 -0500 From: "Kostiuk, Ed M." <EdK at health.ok.gov> Subject: US Capitol Man in vehicle near US Capitol claims to have a vehicle bomb. Area being evacuated. Streets around the capitol are shut down. All networks reporting K [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 2 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 11:21:54 -0400 From: "Ronda Oberlin" <roberlin at ci.lansing.mi.us> Subject: RE: Public Information Making the message bigger and shinier may catch more eyes, but making people aware of hazards is only the first step. Awareness needs to be followed by intention to prepare and intention needs to be followed by action. Intention and action rely on more complex factors than awareness: People's perceptions of their own capabilities--feelings of complacency vs. feelings of helplessness; whether or not they feel personal responsibility (residents in one area of our 100 year floodplain erroneously believe that the new stormwater system will protect them from riverine flooding and they don't need to prepare); whether they have the physical resources to act; how much they trust the source of the information, etc. Public relations firms may well be better equipped to build a message to address this than we are, but we need to be aware that the breakdown isn't coming, for the most part, at convincing people that a hazard exists. Getting the public to prepare is the same process as getting the public to respond to a warning. If we are not having any luck at the first one we should expect trouble when we give them the second. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management had a good article on this in their February 05 issue. http://www.ema.gov.au/agd/EMA/emaInternet.nsf/Page/AJEM Ronda Oberlin, PEM CFM Lansing Emergency Mgmt Office 815 Marshall Lansing, MI 48912 517-483-4110 >>> "Bill Gross" <bgross at airmail.net> 10/20/05 09:17AM >>> I continue to be amazed at our unwillingness to acknowledge delivering message to the general public is a complicated task. As emergency managers we do go out a grab a highway map and draw squiggly lines on a map to demark flood plains. We turn to civil engineers and hydrologist. Communicating with the public is as complicated an issue. The larger, more diverse a jurisdiction, the harder it becomes to get a message understood. One reason emergency managers "do it in-house" is the fact that to get a well done information campaign is a costly proposition. It's hard to find the money to do it when you are not offered much in the way of a budget increase year to year. What I am amazed to find is that there are a number of people who aren't willing to admit they can't do. Specially when offered the opportunity to use grant money to hire a media relations firm to do this kind of work. -----Original Message----- From: Emergency-Management at yahoogroups.com [mailto:Emergency-Management at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lloyd Colston Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 5:29 AM To: EM List; IAEM List Subject: [EM] Public Information As for the survey that says that 50% of people don't know where to turn for planning information, the solution to that is public information. Having regular public information announcements is important for keeping your name in front of the public. In fact, this weekend is a good time to do a press release FULL of preparedness activity, as you call Citizens to change their batteries in their smoke detectors when they change the time on their clocks. According to the Are You Ready (http://www.fema.gov/areyouready) book, Citizens can get this information from the American Red Cross or us. Are we so shy that we fail to engage the Citizen we serve? -- Lloyd Colston Mayes County Emergency Management Pryor, OK USA http://www.mayescem.us "The President can make you a general, but only communications can make you a commander." General Curtis LeMay ------------------------- >From the Emergency Management Group: 1,623 Members Strong. Part of the All Hands Network http://www.all-hands.net/ Yahoo! Groups Links ------------------------- >From the Emergency Management Group: 1,623 Members Strong. Part of the All Hands Network http://www.all-hands.net/ Yahoo! Groups Links ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 3 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 11:25:38 -0500 From: "Kostiuk, Ed M." <EdK at health.ok.gov> Subject: Open Source/Ontario CA Airport Fake grenade causes evacuations at California's Ontario airport Oct 21, 2005, 09:53 AM ONTARIO, Calif. -- A fake grenade ended up being a major inconvenience for some travelers at California's Ontario International Airport. Security screeners spotted the device packed in a suitcase yesterday morning. The owner told officers it was a car gear shift knob. But as a precaution, officials evacuated part of the terminal and called in the bomb squad to detonate it. Eleven flights were delayed. Some passengers missed flights and had to rebook. Travelers who had the chance to make later flights were whisked to the front of long security lines when the terminal reopened. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 4 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 14:55:43 -0400 From: "Abdul Satar" <kc5fm at ureach.com> (by way of Lloyd Colston WX5EM/WQDE391 kc5fm at ureach.com) Subject: Federal Government Readies for Hurricane Wilma News Release October 21, 2005 No. 05-346 Contact: FEMA Public Affairs (202) 646-4600 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT READIES FOR HURRICANE WILMA FEMA Urges Preparedness WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security is urging residents in Florida and along the Gulf Coast to pay close attention to the guidance of state and local officials and make preparations now. "A top priority going into the weekend is that residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast are watching the progress of the storm and listening very closely to the instructions of state and local officials," said David Paulison, acting Director for FEMA. "While Hurricane Wilma has slowed down, it is still a strong storm, and people should take this opportunity to make sure they are preparing their homes and families for this storm." FEMA stands ready to support Hurricane Wilma response in any way that may be needed. FEMA is pre-positioning supplies and commodities in the surrounding areas of potential landfall, if needed by state and local authorities. Federal hurricane preparedness measures and other potential Federal support, if needed, is outlined below. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deployed a team to monitor the storm’s progress and coordinate federal activity. The Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) in Washington, D.C., is in constant communication with regional and national operations centers to maintain complete situational awareness. Homeland Security components are providing further support. FEMA is pre-positioning over three hundred truckloads of water, ice and meals at Homestead Air Force Base and the Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida to be distributed at the request of the state. FEMA has logistics centers located around the country to pull additional resources if needed. Four Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams and one Incident Support Team are deployed to pre-stage in Miami and Orlando. Two teams are on alert at their home bases. Nine Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) are deployed to pre-stage in Orlando. Nine more National Disaster Medical System teams are on alert at their home bases. Communications support equipment, tower trailers, computers, cell phones, and a Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle are being moved into the region. Three Mobile Emergency Response Systems (MERS) communication teams are ready to support coordination and response activity in Atlanta, Tallahassee and Orlando. The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting C-130 over flights ahead of the storm looking for mariners in harms way, broadcasting radio warnings alerting mariners of the storm’s approach, and directing that port facilities in the storm's projected path implement their hurricane preparedness plans. Additionally, the Coast Guard is pre-staging aircraft and cutters for immediate response into the area after the storm passes, placed its environmental response and deployable security teams on standby, and dispatched liaison personnel to the Florida state emergency operations center in Tallahassee and the FEMA command center in Atlanta. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is relocating 1200 detainees from Florida to Arizona and Texas as a precaution for the safety and security of all detainees and ICE personnel. Nearly 50 Federal Protective Service personnel will pre-position to provide protection for federal assets, such as federal buildings and courthouses. They stand ready to provide law enforcement and security support if needed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing public service announcements about food safety to help minimize the potential for food-borne illnesses due to power outages or flooding. Satellite feeds are available through the Department of Agriculture today. The U.S. Department of Defense has deployed Defense Coordinating Officers and a Defense Coordinating Element to the Florida state emergency operations center as well as NORTHCOM planners to FEMA national headquarters. DOD has provided eight helicopters for the potential evacuation of citizens or transport of equipment and seven communications teams. The U.S. Department of Energy has sent staff to FEMA’s Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Atlanta, and their visualization and modeling team is prepared for Hurricane Wilma’s arrival. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has 1000 beds prepared for deployment in case Florida requests use of Federal Medical Shelters (FMS). An additional 1000 beds are readily available. The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps has placed a clinical strike team of healthcare professionals on alert. The HHS volunteer program has credentialed more than 200 physicians and 400 registered nurses ready to be deployed if needed. The Strategic National Stockpile maintains substantial quantities of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies ready for quick shipment if needed. The U.S. Department of State has issued warnings to American citizens to avoid travel to or depart from parts of Mexico and from Cuba where the hurricane is predicted to hit. The Department of State has also approved departure for non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided 89 power units and trucks to transport 89 loads of commodities. Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is currently conducting planning calls with their Evacuation Liaison Team in case assistance is needed by the state. The Environmental Protection Agency has pre-deployed personnel to regional coordination centers and is identifying On-Scene Coordinators to support local hurricane response. The Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices in Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville are operating 24 hours a day and are prepared for requests for law enforcement assistance as needed. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation advises banking customers and bankers who may be affected by the hurricane and in need of up-to-date banking information to call the FDIC’s 24-hour hotline, 1-877-ASK-FDIC. The General Services Administration’s USA Services Program stands ready to provide citizens with access accurate answers via phone and on the web. Contingency plans are in place to ensure uninterrupted service from the National Contact Center, 1-800-FED-INFO. FirstGov.gov has updated resources tracking the course of Hurricane Wilma and providing emergency preparedness information. The American Red Cross has relief supplies and personnel pre-positioned throughout Florida ready to respond. Individual Preparedness Following is a list of actions that individuals should undertake and supplies to gather before Wilma’s anticipated landfall. Before a Hurricane Strikes: Plan a safe evacuation route and identify safe shelter space within your area. Those in storm surge zones, in flood zones, or in less than standard housing should be especially vigilant in preparing disaster plans. Have disaster supplies on hand, including: Nonperishable food and water (including a non-electric can opener) Flashlight, portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries First-aid kit Essential prescription medicines Cash and credit cards Sturdy shoes and a change of clothing Copies of important papers (bank statements, insurance records, identification cards, etc.) When a Hurricane Watch or Warning is Issued: Listen to hurricane progress reports. Follow instructions if ordered to evacuate. Check your emergency supplies. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and available cooking pots. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed. Secure your home by installing hurricane shutters or precut plywood. Trim dead branches from trees. Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings if not instructed by officials to turn off utilities. Fuel your car. Review evacuation routes and gather your disaster supply kit. Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container. Review your family disaster plan. If You Are Told To Evacuate: Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges. Secure your home. Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve. If time permits, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or move it to a higher floor. Take your pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm, protective clothing. Water Safety Tips: Stay off the water. The Coast Guard's search and rescue capabilities and degraded as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters are urged to heed to weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories. People should not go out on their boats 48 hours prior to and at least 72-96 hours after a hurricane has passed through an area. Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public is urged to heed to these evacuation orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate those in danger during the storm. Secure your belongings. Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. · Stay clear of beaches. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by Wilma Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe. For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov or www.fema.gov. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 5 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 12:20:14 -0700 (PDT) From: Bob Robinson <rwrobinsonme at yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Open Source/NRP --- "Kostiuk, Ed M." <EdK at health.ok.gov> wrote: > DHS Didn't Use Part of Natl. Response Plan for > Katrina ( <http://www.govexec.com> Government > Executive) "The Homeland Security Department did not > use a plan for handling catastrophes in its response > to Hurricane Katrina, even though some officials say > that doing so could have saved lives and brought the > chaotic situation in New Orleans under control," > reports Government Executive. "The department didn't > activate a section [the Catastrophic Incident Annex] > of the National > <http://www.dhs.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/NRP_FullText.pdf> > Response Plan that deals specifically with > responding to catastrophes ... ------------------------------------------------------- Ed, >From what I have heard, neither Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff nor FEMA Director Michael Brown were aware of that annex, and, those within FEMA who were aware of it were not at a level to be able to interact with either of those gentlemen or their immediate staff. At least that is what I heard, via word of mouth from those in a position to know, and since it is just word of mouth, take it with a grain of salt. It does seem, however, to fit with the over-all confusion that ruled in the first 36 hours of response. Regards, Bob Robinson ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 6 Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 13:17:22 -0700 From: "Michael Teague" <mjteague at comcast.net> Subject: Doctors Say Katrina Showed WMD Response Failings Doctors Say Katrina Showed WMD Response Failings By Joe Fiorill Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON - Hurricane Katrina showed that the United States must improve its medical response plans for a nuclear or biological attack, emergency doctors told a House of Representatives subcommittee yesterday (see GSN <http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2005/10/19/a9c116e5-43c2-4be7-a742-ac9 663630e25.html> , Oct. 19). The response to Katrina included a comparatively small medical component but still strained the medical system, leaving hospitals and other facilities understaffed and underequipped, said the witnesses. Fifty disaster teams dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, senior committee Democrat Bennie Thompson (Miss.) added, saw their effectiveness limited by inadequate federal coordination of their work. Such weaknesses could prove deadly in the much larger medical response to a WMD attack, the experts told the Homeland Security Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack Subcommittee. "Katrina exposes systemic problems in local, state, federal and military response coordination - problems that will be much more severe and have much more negative outcomes in the event of a terrorist attack in multiple cities," said National Defense University technology and security researcher Donald Thompson, a medical doctor. The doctors presented the subcommittee with scores of suggestions for improvement, including heightened federal ability to act without waiting for a state's request and stronger coordination of hospitals' work during an attack or other disaster. Hypermed Inc. President Jenny Freeman, a surgeon who is part of a National Disaster Medical System team, described the experience of colleague Tim Crowley, who resigned from another federal team in frustration after returning from his post-Katrina deployment in Louisiana. "As a thoughtful and competent physician who wound up in a command position, the disorganization that prevented him from providing useful patient care was highly problematic," Freeman said. "Over and over again, he saw physician and medical resources squandered. His team remained in Baton Rouge, being told there was no mission, while the staff at the key West Jefferson location were crying for help." Like the other witnesses at the hearing, Freeman called for a stronger federal hand in disaster response planning and execution. "There is a genuine need and role for NDMS in responding to a disaster, and it is the role of the federal government to provide the guidance, support and impetus for this mission to occur," she said. "Until we have clear, rational and accurate guidance as to what we as medical professionals will be required to train and prepare for, we will all act as individuals, doing the best we can in an extremely suboptimal manner, and the result will continue to be significant injury and death." University of Texas public health-emergency expert Richard Bradley, who is emergency medicine director at Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital in Houston, said local governments' authority in crises could be strengthened to improve hospital performance. Local emergency managers, he said, are responsible for overall emergency response but have no authority over hospitals and doctors. "The emergency manager . is responsible for ensuring hospital care is available but has no authority over the hospitals to compel them to respond," Bradley said. "It is clearly in the public interest to address this problem at a national level." Local governments, Bradley said, should draw up memorandums of understanding with hospitals that cover staffing, bed distribution and other procedures in a crisis. Authority to invoke the memorandums' provisions should rest with emergency managers, he said. Committee members and witnesses expressed frustration about what they called continued ambiguity in the lines of authority laid out in the new National Response Plan, which is intended to guide disaster response at all government levels. In a bid to better coordinate general and medical emergency preparedness, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has created a specific Preparedness Directorate in his department and has hired a chief medical officer. Thompson and top subcommittee Democrat James Langevin (R.I.) wrote Chertoff a letter yesterday questioning whether Homeland Security is prepared for an epidemic of a disease such as avian influenza. The lawmakers requested elaboration of the national plan's Biological Incident Annex, which governs both naturally occurring and maliciously initiated outbreaks. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 7 Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 02:00:16 -0000 From: "Tom" <tom.balint at gmail.com> Subject: Re: Open Source/NRP There are two parts to the Catastrophic Incident Annex, the annex in the NRP and the Catastrophic Incident Supplement (NRP-CIS). I have never seen the "final" version of the NRP-CIS, does anyone know if it was "finalized?" If not, was there a more recent version than the November 2004 version? --- In Emergency-Management at yahoogroups.com, "Kostiuk, Ed M." <EdK at h...> wrote: > > DHS Didn't Use Part of Natl. Response Plan for Katrina ( <http://www.govexec.com> Government Executive) "The Homeland Security Department did not use a plan for handling catastrophes in its response to Hurricane Katrina, even though some officials say that doing so could have saved lives and brought the chaotic situation in New Orleans under control," reports Government Executive. "The department didn't activate a section [the Catastrophic Incident Annex] of the National <http://www.dhs.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/NRP_FullText.pdf> Response Plan that deals specifically with responding to catastrophes ... According to standard NRP protocols, state and local governments are in charge of responding to a disaster.... The Catastrophic Incident Annex, however, gives the federal government special powers, including the ability to bypass state governments. But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff or one of his designees has to approve use of the annex. That was not done during Hurricane Katrina. Instead, the federal government and state of Louisiana got caught up in negotiations over what kind of federal assistance would be provided in the first few days after the storm hit." [ View article <http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm? articleid=32586&dcn=todaysnews> ] > > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] > ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 8 Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 10:34:02 -0500 From: Lloyd Colston <kc5fm at ureach.com> Subject: FEMA Media Advisory Contact: FEMA Public Affairs 202-646-4600 NEXT FEMA HEADQUARTERS BRIEFING ON HURRICANE WILMA PREPARATIONS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY AT 2:30 PM Washington, D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) next FEMA headquarters briefing for media on continued Hurricane Wilma preparations will be Sunday, Oct.23 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. What: Next FEMA Headquarters Hurricane Wilma Briefing When: Sunday, October 23, 2005 2:30 p.m. EDT Where: FEMA Headquarters 500 C Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20472 For live television coverage of the briefing at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 23, tune to the following coordinates: SBS 6 Ku Analog Transponder 5 Downlink 11823 Horizontal To LISTEN ONLY to the 2:30 p.m. EDT briefing, call 1-800-320-4330, pin number 051397. For more information on the media briefing call the FEMA News desk, (202) 646-4600. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003. -- Lloyd Colston Mayes County Emergency Management Pryor, OK USA http://www.mayescem.us "The President can make you a general, but only communications can make you a commander." General Curtis LeMay ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ------------------------- >From the Emergency Management Group: 1,623 Members Strong. Part of the All Hands Network http://www.all-hands.net/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Emergency-Management/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: Emergency-Management-unsubscribe at yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! 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