Neighbors Become First Responders When Weather Conditions are Severe

The hurricane season has just begun and it has come at us with tremendous force. Accompanying the hurricanes are violent tornadoes that form further inland, as the hurricane becomes an inland storm. The impact is felt over many miles.

The hurricane season is proving the Weather Company’s forecast to be true. They said:

“Increases in tropical Atlantic sea-surface temperatures and a quick start to the season have compelled us to move our forecast numbers up from 15/8/3 to 17/9/4 in this month’s update,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company.

Emergency response teams have been well prepared for these severe weather conditions. As we stated in our previous post, volunteer emergency response teams have been practicing all summer.

Emergency response organizations often use summer charity events to ensure precision execution of their processes and procedures.

The emergency response teams include government agencies. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Amateur Radio Operators (HAM) to name just a few.

However, in this hurricane season, we see, more than ever, neighbor helping neighbor. The reason is the devastation has been so great that these communities could not rely merely on trained and practiced organizations. Each and every citizen has been given the opportunity to become a ‘first responder’.

There are several factors that cause this situation during major catastrophic events. One main issue is that the typical first responders cannot get into the areas that need the most assistance. Roads are closed off and the situation has become so dire that it is too dangerous to enter these areas that need the most help. But already within the devastated area are individuals with skills and physical capabilities that can assist those that are not as fortunate.

In these recent extreme weather events, human nature has been at its finest.

Volunteers put themselves into danger to assist those in need. Each volunteer needs the equipment to help them stay safe. Below are some devices that any citizen can have on hand and available, if they are called into action. These devices help keeping the volunteer safe and adds to their capability to provide assistance.

Vacuum Mount LightStar_9100LEDV_Light_Amber

The Star Contour™ is made to “contour-fit” to the roof of your vehicle. The injection-molded polycarbonate base combines with a rubber-coated vacuum magnet to “custom” mount onto your vehicle. The result is a perfect fit with no scratches to your paint. It is Extremely low profile with a full 360° LED light output and a super bright M-Tech® LED technology that provides superior warning light image.

D-Beacon

d_beacon_2The D-Beacon LED flashing light with a viewing distance of up to one mile, can easily be mounted on any vehicle using its’ magnetic base, and instantly convert any normal car or truck into an emergency vehicle without wiring or mounting

The D-Beacon can also be adjusted for Dusk to Dawn operation only with a flick of a switch, making it truly the only economical alternative

Electronic Safety Baton

safety batonThe Electronic Safety Baton is the most common light used to direct traffic. This is a LED baton 20″ total length – the red portion of wand 13″ in length. It has 2 Functions: Red flashing and Red steady.

Be Prepared

If you are interested in proper equipment, such as emergency lights, and safety apparel that help these volunteers do their job, contact Traffic Safety Direct. We love to help, answer questions, and share our experience.

 

How Emergency Response Teams Prepare for Severe Weather Occurrences

The summer is coming to an end. That means the tornado and hurricane season is just around the corner. Now is the time that emergency response teams make final preparations for severe weather occurrences. But, that is not to say they have not been practicing all summer. Emergency response organizations often use summer charity events to ensure precision execution of their processes and procedures.

This hurricane season may be a memorable one. In the post The Weather Company Forecasts More Active Hurricane Season Than First Predicted, it is stated:

The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has raised the number of named storms it expects to develop in its latest 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, warning of “higher-than-normal landfall risks in the northeast U.S.”

In its final outlook update released Tuesday, The Weather Company said it now expects 17 named storms throughout the season, including nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater intensity.

Emergency preparednessThis forecast is above the Atlantic Basin’s 30-year historical average of 12 named storms. The number of named storms does not necessarily have a direct correlation to the number of storms that hit the United States. In any case, we must always be prepared.

When these extreme weather events occur, emergency response organizations go to work. But, they have been preparing all summer. As we discussed in a previous post on this blog, the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and HAM operators utilize the summer outdoor charity events, like a Bike Rally, to practice their processes and procedures. Who are these organizations?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERTs are trained to be the First Responders in the case of a major disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane. They administer first aid and work in a coordinated fashion with the Fire and Police to make sure you have the best care you need. That is what they do – treat and triage.

CERT is an integral part of the Citizen Corps, a grass-roots movement supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Amateur Radio Operators (HAM)

Amateur Radio is a hobby. However, HAM operators provide a public service. People use ham radio to communicate across town or around the world, all without the Internet or cell phones. This is incredibly valuable in cases when all other communication services are unavailable, such as during a storm.

HAM operators will assist during public charity events. For instances, the SAG wagons used in a Bike Rally are generally fitted with high-tech HAM operator equipment. This provides safety services for the charity event and also provides the opportunity for the HAM organization to prepare for future extreme weather events.

Summer Preparation for Fall Weather

HAM and CERT organizations are only examples of the many volunteer organizations that use Summer charity events as preparation for when they need to mobilize during a severe Fall weather event.

These volunteers put themselves into danger to assist those in need. Each volunteer needs the equipment to help them stay safe. If you are interested in proper equipment, such as emergency lights, and safety apparel that help these volunteers do their job, contact Traffic Safety Direct. We love to answer questions and share our experience.