Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers in disasters

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG7LEA, Apr 24, 2019.

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  1. KG7LEA

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    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019
  2. KG7LEA

    KG7LEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is also Cajun Army (for people without boats), the Cajun Special Forces, the Cajun Airlift, and the Cajun Green Cross, as well as the Texas Navy and the Cracker Navy.
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  3. WG8Z

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    If I remember correctly these guys were pulling people off of roof tops of entire towns that were under water.
    Coast Guard and AUX had little resources since their budget was slashed.'
    DHS was planning the caravan/invasion.
    And the CIC was playing golf and mumbling something about windmills.
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  4. K1VSK

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    Sound bites are compelling and make fashionable headlines
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  5. WC5P

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    Some of the folks rescuing people off of rooftops after Katrina were government employees, off the clock, using government boats, unofficial and unauthorized. Doing what they could do to help.
  6. KA0HCP

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    They prefer to be called "Wavy Whackers". ;)
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  7. N1BCG

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    Professionals who respond to disasters are trained to work together methodically and usually have roles established much earlier during Team Coordination Training. Those that show up randomly would have to be accommodated on the spot, if at all, and that requires yet more resources. There’s also a liability issue.

    The best bet for anyone who wants to assist with rescue work should get involved beforehand. This way they become a known asset and would have a meaningful role when needed.
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  8. N5PZJ

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    What? There was a USCG helicopter pulling people off buildings in New Orleans, he almost got Courts Martial for that, he was out of Pensacola, FL. It took a couple of Senators to get the brass off his ass.
  9. N5PZJ

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    In a perfect world, yes.
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  10. N1BCG

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    Exactly. It’s a perfect world until there’s a disaster. The most helpful thing people can do in an evacuation area is to leave, not arrive asking how they can help.
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