Posts Tagged ‘Always stay positive’

This is perfect for an icon for discussion boards where the discussion is the end of the world.  .

The image is originally from a UNICEF ad campaign to raise money for ex-child soldiers in Buruni.  It was part of a 30 second commercial where the Smurfs get carpet-bombed.  You can find it on youtube, I would link but the link moves.  The intent was to show children the horrors of war.  UNICEF released the pilot commercial in Holland.  The immediate response by the internet was that this was just wrong, just plain gargamellly.

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When I first began this blog I was trying to figure out the best place to loot after Law&Order no longer plays on reruns.  My thought process was looting is not criminal when it is a matter of survival, I mean, everyone does it.   After reading the prepper blogs I have come around to way of thinking that looting is not a good plan for the apocalypse for a host of decent reasons.  First, you will be surrounded by other looters.  Looters, as a rule are a desperate and unethical bunch.  You are more likely to be stabbed with a screwdriver in a mob while stampeding out than getting enough food to survive.  Why associate yourself with these people?

So looting is out, but then a friend suggested the value of looting the dump.  This is not as bad as an idea as it sounds on first instinct.  There will be food for the chickens.  There will be things to smelt.  There will be spare parts.  The problem is that your average smuck would not know what to do with the random parts one would find at the dump.    I should take in a load for research.

Anybody been to dump recently?

I have completed the Phoenix branch of CERT (Community Emergency Response team) application form and mailed it in.    If I don’t hear back from them then I am going to contact the Tempe branch.

CERT is all about preparing people in their community to be ready when disaster strikes.   To volunteer with them you have to take a class.  I would imagine a whole ton of the stuff in the class would be useful when the SHF.

Below is a paraphrase how CERT’s website describes the normal training.

The CERT training for community groups is usually delivered in 2 1/2 hour sessions, one evening a week over a 7 week period. The training consists of the following:

  • Session I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:  hazards one can enounter and how familys should react before, during and after.
  • Session II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION:  Fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies.
  • Session III, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Session V, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Planning a rescue, including size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
  • Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker.
  • Session VII, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION

So that seems quite useful, no?

WHile I wait to hear back from them I am going to check out the videos they have uploaded to their website.

I do find it ironic that my inital communication with the Emergency First Response to Disaster people has to be sent by snail mail.