FEMA guidelines and instructions for CERT drills and exercises

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has long supported CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) in locales large and small by providing training material, grants and other support. This week they released a new set of FEMA guidelines and instructions for CERT drills and exercises. These exercises cover the gamut and include tabletop exercises, functional exercises, full scale exercises, and competitive events.

Find out more about these drills and exercises after the jump.
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Feeling the Shakes? Here’s a Brief Earthquake Review

In the past few days, there have been a few earthquakes just west of Lehi. As this page shows, we’ve had three small earthquakes (2.5-2.8) in the past three days. Events such as these provide us a great reminder of the need to be prepared. If the earthquake were much larger, would you know what to do? What immediate action should you take?

The following is some information which may prove useful for your review, in preparing for a future earthquake that affects us at a substantial level.

First, as a summary of the situation here in Utah living along the Wasatch Fault, this 10 minute video by the Utah Geological Survey is a great starting point.

One question you might have is whether this succession of small earthquakes is indicative of a larger one in the near future. Here’s one answer on that:

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Recall of SurePak MRE’s

Here is a case where the recent Salmonella contaminated Peanut Butter might affect us in unanticipated ways.

A Class I Recall notice has been received from Boca Grande Foods, that there is a potential Salmonella contamination of peanut-based products which were supplied to SOPAKCO, Inc. The recalled Boca Grande Foods peanut butter is packaged in 1-oz and 2-oz squeeze packets and included in certain cases of Sure-Pak 12 Meals. A copy of the Recall Notice is attached. Check it for the affected lot numbers. (You can also it from our home page) Check your emergency supplies to see if you have any of the recalled products, and if you do, fill out the Recall Notice.

from LA CERT website
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Marine Cold Weather Medicine Course

The first in what will be many resources we hope to make available for download to you.  The Marine Cold Weather Medicine Course manual seemed a natural fit to make available to people in the mountain west region right now.  As we finally are starting to get our delayed Winter weather, it’s important that we make sure our Winter preparations are also readied.  Your car-kit needs to be reviewed, food rotated, clothing changed, etc.  This manual gives a great number of insights as to what you should do.

The first in what will be many resources we hope to make available for download to you.  The Marine Cold Weather Medicine Course manual seemed a natural fit to make available to people in the mountain west region right now.  As we finally are starting to get our delayed Winter weather, it’s important that we make sure our Winter preparations are also readied.  Your car-kit needs to be reviewed, food rotated, clothing changed, etc.  This manual gives a great number of insights as to what you should do.

The manual targets a marine unit, which can translate well into what you might need to think about in a family situation.  The manual attempts to teach everything somebody would need in order to effectively move themselves during harsh Winter conditions.  They provide good lists of items to keep in an emergency kit for personal use, as well as spreading larger group items around.

Beyond gearing up, the book provides some great information for traveling across difficult terrain, and then focuses heavily with the titular matter, dealing with health issues in the winter.  The manual focuses on several of the winter specific health hazards, and how to deal with them effectively both in terms of immediate medical attention, and in how to handle it as a group.

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COLD WEATHER MEDICINE COURSE, Survival