Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2013 Vol. 60 No. 2

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

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INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS USING IDAWG

  • In the event of an incident, communication between responders can be difficult and almost impossible due to devices relying on cell towers or internet networks.  Interoperable communications is a necessity and Syracuse University’s School of Information studies might have developed the answer.

    The iDAWG — Intelligent Deployable Augmented Wireless Gateway — works with a new class of software, called edgeware, that connects devices and information and helps with machine-to-machine communication. Professor Lee McKnight said the process is similar to ad-hoc networking in which a local network is built spontaneously as devices connect to one another. McKnight explained that when a user connects to a wireless network during everyday life, he or she doesn’t connect computer to computer because of increased security risks. Following a disaster, however, it could be one way of communicating and connecting with others. – Pittman, Elaine. "3 Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Emergency Management." Emergency Management Dec. 2012. Google Books Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

THE BUCKET LIST – YOUR 7-DAY EMERGENCY KIT
Disasters, natural or manmade, can change at a moment’s notice. It is our responsibility to have a plan and be ready. That plan should include and emergency kit for at least seven days worth of water, food and other items.

Below is a “bucket list” for your emergency Grab-n-go bucket as well as additional items that could be useful. The origin of the list is unknown but has been passed through emergency management as a great distribution tool.

Items for your Grab-n-Go Bucket

  • A flashlight & radio w/extra batteries
  • Extra water and non-perishable food (food and water for your pets, too)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Extra supply of medications
  • Moist hand wipes & cleaners
  • Toothbrush, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, brush, tissues & towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Special family needs (diapers, feminine hygiene items, etc.)
  • Emergency poncho and blanket
  • A local map
  • Important family documents in a zip-lock plastic bag, including drivers license, bank & insurance information, out-of-area contact, paper and permanent marker
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-unification
  • Set of keys to your home and car
  • Whistle for each family member
  • Large plastic trash bags
  • Multipurpose pocket knife
  • Games and toys
  • Change of clothes

Additional supplies for your 7-DAY emergency kit:

  • Water—one gallon per person per day, stored in sturdy plastic containers such as soda-pop bottles, not milk cartons.
  • Extra clothes, sturdy shoes and rain gear for each family member
  • Non perishable food you like to eat. (for pets, too)
  • Manual can opener and eating utensils
  • First aid kit with handbook
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Backup supply of special equipment (i.e. hearing-aid batteries or oxygen tanks)
  • Unscented bleach for water purification (8 drops/2liter bottle)
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover broken windows
  • Tool kit: wrenches, crowbar, bungee cords, rope & heavy duty work gloves
  • Large plastic trash bags
  • Leash, crate, other pet supplies

Nice to have:

  • Tents and/or tarps
  • Cooking stove and fuel—do not use to cook inside
  • Portable heater—do not use inside
  • Generator (know how to use it)

Emergency supplies can be stored in containers such as:

  • large plastic garbage can on wheels, a tote, or other container

and kept in a convenient location:

  • A shed or in back yard
  • A closet near an outside door

Also, for your car:

  • Extra clothes, sturdy shoes, and warm hats and gloves
  • Extra food and water
  • Automobile emergency equipment such as jumper cables, flashlight, flares, and “HELP” signs
  • Shovel and kitty litter or sand

Keep your tank at least ½ full at all times!

 


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