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Education > A Few Things I Know

A Few Things I Know

Here is what I know about certain things:

Setting up a landing zone for a helicopter:
if it's night, you can use lights to mark the landing zone, but as soon as the chopper starts to descend, turn all the lights off because the crew has night vision capability and lights are blinding.

make sure nobody scurries across the landing zone as the chopper is coming in - pilot's worst nightmare

station someone by the tail to warn people who might walk into the rotor and structures

Rescuing animals:
Don't look dogs in the eye - lower your eyes and watch their feet if you need to come near them.

Cats and dogs and horses: watch their ears for signs of aggression, fear, or whatever

Setting up Red Cross Shelters:
If shelters are used for up to 24 hours, they are Evacuation Shelters, no cots, just blankets and snacks, about 20 square feet per person, or the size of a single air mattress with a few inches to spare around it

Longer term shelters are General Shelters, usually open for 3 to 5 days.

Allow 40 - 60 square feet of sleeping space per person, about 5 by 8 feet.

Don't set up cots in advance.

Of course all three topics have a lot more to remember, but those are the bits I can reel off the top of my head.

I have another Red Cross Shelter Management class this next weekend, not looking forward to it, but then it will be over.

posted on Feb 23, 2016 8:25 PM ()


So much to remember. I think it's time to get into bed and pull covers up over head.
comment by tealstar on Feb 25, 2016 8:28 AM ()
Might as well put the rear rotor to work and make pudding before they shut it down. After all, you did say the dogs should get snacks.
comment by jjoohhnn on Feb 24, 2016 10:01 AM ()
reply by jjoohhnn on Feb 24, 2016 5:53 PM ()
I'm not bossy enough to be in charge of a shelter, but my goal is to know enough about what they are doing to be able to pick whatever job I can best handle. Testing the snacks for freshness comes to mind.
reply by troutbend on Feb 24, 2016 5:50 PM ()
Exactly. I'll be the one in an orange safety vest and hard hat.
comment by troutbend on Feb 24, 2016 9:13 AM ()
Ok, let me get this straight: Don’t look strange dogs in the eye, they have night vision capability, so shut off the lights and they’ll find their way. Allow an area of 5X8 feet between you and the dog, unless you are going to stay 3-5 days with it, in which case there should be snacks and blankets. Watch their ears for signs of aggression and don’t let anyone run across your landing path which is the size of an air mattress. I hope you're in charge since some of us aren't so good with details.
comment by drmaus on Feb 24, 2016 9:09 AM ()
Your reply is above.
reply by troutbend on Feb 24, 2016 5:47 PM ()

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