CARNATION-DUVALL – The rain and wind didn’t stop disaster preparations in Tolt-MacDonald Park just outside Carnation.
During the morning of September 28th, the radio call came in: "Injuries at the park," setting in motion the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps response exercise.
The exercise integrated Community Emergency Response Teams, Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps and Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club, with King County Duvall Fire District 45, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and Valley General Hospital. Evaluators from King County Office of Emergency Management said, "Good job." But, yes, there were some procedures with rough edges that will be smoother next time. Exercises help identify needed improvements.
Carnation-Duvall Community Emergency Response Team
– CERT volunteers exercised their skills in light search and rescue, triage, disaster medical response and disaster psychology in as close to the real thing as could be simulated.
Volunteers were moulaged – made up to look like they had suffered injury. Eastside Fire & Rescue helped the CERTs practice cribbing – a technique of building a fulcrum and then lifting and stabilizing a heavy object – to free a trapped "person."
Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps
– CDMRC volunteers accepted patients, performed a second triage, and provided treatment in a simulated Field Treatment Center. (Did you know there are FIVE Citizen Corps Field Treatment Centers in our community?)
Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club
– SnoVARC volunteers coordinated radio communications between CERTs and CDMRC at the disaster site with the Emergency Operations Center in Duvall FD45 headquarters. Other hams at the EOC radioed local hospitals to expect the injured. In response, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital exercised their patient surge plan.
A video of the exercise may be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/pHGs6hf3RZY courtesy of Ric Eittreim, Far North Productions.
Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council brings all those programs together for community safety. Check out Citizen Corps on the web at www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org. You will find links there to CERT, CDMRC and SnoVARC.
Prepare yourself and your home. Go to www.ready.gov for tips on what to set aside for that "dark and stormy morning;" it might last a few days or more. Start now. Make a plan; make a kit; be informed. Be prepared. And join Citizen Corps.