Sunday, December 1, 2013

IS-822 Fundamentals of Management and Support Coordination of Federal Disaster Operations



WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut finished and passed the Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)-Distance Learning course online



 The IS-822 Fundamentals of Management and Support Coordination of Federal Disaster Operations course mentions the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) and the  FEMA national incident support manual and the FEMA regional incident support manual but only gives you a link to soft copy pdf version of the FEMA national incident support manual but no links to the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) and the FEMA regional incident support manual. I have found a link on my own for the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) but can not find anything for the FEMA regional incident support manual., It would be nice to have a hard copy of all three of the above.Not sure why they do not have a link for all three in the course material. 









As a person with disabilities myself I’m always looking for other types of Job Opportunities Work Opportunities out there in which would utilize all my FEMA Independent Study Certificates and my other certifications in the Emergency Management area. 



I currently have taken a position with The Prospector Theater 
Ridgefield, Connecticut and had started on Tuesday 21st 2014.




The mission of the The Prospector Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing job and training opportunities to adults with disabilities, through the operation of a state-of-the-art, community-supported first-run movie theater.


Person with Disabilities finishes almost every Emergency Management Institute (EMI) FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP) Distance Learning Online Course

I had attend an Easter Seal School Miami, Florida  1976-1977 Because my learning disabilities as it was recommended to my parents at the time. But my parents had me transfer to a private school afterwards in 1978 or 1979 while living in Miami. I have made Herculean efforts to overcome and compensate for my learning disabilities. With this people with disabilities face many more challenges than their non- disabled peers.



Just In Time Disaster Training Library - Disability Awareness Section

A new Disability Awareness Section has been added to the Just In Time Disaster Training Library.

The section contains training videos on the following subjects:



The Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training - FRDAT on July 2nd 2013 taught by David V. Whalen at Westchester County Emergency Services Dept Valhalla, New York 




This Training was very close to me personally as I was born with born with disabilities and understand what it is like to have them. Mr.  David V. Whalen was and excellent teacher for this as also a understand what it is like to have them as a parent of a son with disabilities. I had enjoy the end part of the slide show video with your Kids. Thank You for including them !

PLEASE CLICK TO SEE  more about Mr. David V. Whalen 






Emergency Management Disability Awareness Training The Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training - FRDAT 




As seen in First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) This is the first of a two-part series about a Niagara University training program that helps first responders prepare for emergencies involving individuals with disabilities.

Please click here to read 


Please click here to read 




As a member of the Ridgefield, Connecticut  CERT  Emergency Management Team. 


And also a member with the CARA Candlewood Amateur Radio Association

And also a volunteer with the PCBES: The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services in Carmel, NY with there The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) group. 

In which does the Radiological Field Team Monitoring Radiological Decontamination Drills And Exercises At Community-School Reception Centers Population Monitoring And Radiological Field Team Monitoring exercises for For Putnam County New York, Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) IPEC-Indian Point nuclear power plant. As FEMA Region II comes and does an evaluation every 2 years. 

WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, New York for a General Population Reception Center 

 FEMA evaluation by FEMA Region II on October 30th 2014

We had also there NYSOEM and Putnam County Department of Health.


And also a volunteer with the Region 5 Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service 




I also do much of my volunteer work such with Amateur Radio Ham radio Emergency Communications with less tools and equipment that most folks with a better income that me. But I do what I can with what I have. 
My Joel Barlow High School Redding, CT 1989 High School Diploma. 




As a person with disabilities, Invisible Disabilities/not immediately apparent disabilities.  

I had started working on the courses so I would not be a volunteer without any training. Agency's just do not want Spontaneous Volunteers. And as time progressed more of them becoming a requirement in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES) Field. I did not want to be left out of any activity because I did not have the correct amount of training. 
Getting my Amateur Radio Ham Radio license in 05/12/2005 then as KB1MJF
  help to pave the way and or open many doors to other Community Service and areas to Volunteer with.,
That is why in other parts of this Blog-Website of mine I try and post as much useful information on areas of disabilities-special needs and trying to help others with them. 
Please see my post on 








Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs and Disability Inclusive Emergency Planning for the Whole Community and St. Petersburg College’s National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation 
06-22-11 Live Response: Planning for the Whole Community
Planning for the Whole Community breif:
A new division, referred to as the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC), has been working diligently since 2010 to redesign how emergency management defines and serves people with access and functional needs in our communities in the event of disasters.The program highlighted FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) and explained the importance of including people with access and functional needs in emergency and disaster planning


This course mentions Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC). Marcie Roth, Director






Disability Inclusive Emergency Planning for the Whole Community





EMERGENCY 2.0 WIKI ADVANCING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE DIGITAL AGE AND WIKI LAUNCHES ACCESSIBILITY TOOLKIT TO EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN EMERGENCIES

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs


It is important to understand that all my accomplishments  that I have posted on my blog would not have taken place without me getting in the door of Amateur radio Ham Radio as this lead to and open many other doors to other volunteer work in CERT, Emergency Management and my continuing educations and training in my interest of Emergency Management



Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut Former member of Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary I had started in 1988 as a Junior in High school and left in 2012.  I had my Squadron Leadership School (SLS) of 18 April 1993 and also first held the rank of Senior Member 2nd Lt. back in April 1993. 
Civil Air Patrol Officer Basic Course 8th January 2010 I had a couple years breaks in Service. 

I had my Advanced Communications User Training (Civil Air Patrol) ACUT  CERT GES ICS 300 ICS 400 IS 100 IS 200 IS 700 IS 800 but never able to accomplish getting my Level II: Technical Training - Civil Air Patrol and never got promoted even with my qualifications and certifications with my years in so I decided it was time to leave


National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol Certifies that 2nd Lt Thomas Kimball Officer Basic Course Certification of Completion 8th January 2010







Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut Former member of Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary In picture Thomas in sunglasses 1988 as a Junior at JBHS Joel Barlow High School Redding, CT

My Civil Air Patrol Squadron Leadership School (SLS) Certificate in April 1993 Given at Connecticut Wing - Civil Air Patrol, CT Wing, Col C G Litchfield Sr Squadron for Level II, Technical Training. Then back in 1993 I was unable to complete the CAP Senior Officer Correspondence Course ECI-13 due to my learning disabilities. So I was never able to complete the Civil Air Patrol Level II, Technical Training then in 1993.




Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS with The New York Guard State Volunteer Force At Camp Smith Training Site HHC, Army Division Enlisted in the New York Guard 29 April 2000 ETS April 2003  Promoted Staff Sergeant E-6 15 March 2003 Honorable Discharge July 31 2003 Rank Grade SSG/E6 NYG World Trade Center Incident

NYG Commander's Citation 15 August 2002
New York Guard New York State Defense of Liberty Medal 15 September 2002





I wanted to go to Ground Zero on September 11th 2001 at the World Trade Center to help with the recovery efforts and wanted to volunteer to go down but I did not have any training in anything that would let me be able to volunteer down there. So with that is why  I find that drills, practice and training very important, As a volunteer in two states New York and Connecticut I look for as many drills, practice and training opportunities as possible. Such as NIMS ICS All- Hazards Position Specific Training and also Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)-Distance Learning.




I had just found this below in a storage
42nd Joint Task Force Rainbow Hope

Joint Task Force 42 Rainbow Hope

An Open Letter to JTF 42 Service Members Brigadier General Joseph J Taluto Joint Task Force Commander

At the time of The New York Guard activation for Operation World Trade Center at Camp Smith Training Site we were at Threatcon Charlie apart of The New York Guard  MP Detachment we where unarmed while working there at Camp Smith Training Site  Cortlandt Manor near Peekskill, NY, 







Promoted Staff Sergeant E-6 15 March 2003



New York Guard State Volunteer Force At Camp Smith Training Site Building 504 Peace Officer Training Group Photo. May 2000. The training had started April 2000. Thomas is in photo last row on the side of entry to building. Also in photo back row is friend Paul Garre also from Connecticut.



New York Guard State Volunteer Force At Camp Smith Training Site NYG World Trade Center Incident Duty Group Photo. 

I was able to volunteer for the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run as a member Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary and was a honor to meet George Siller




Some of my September 11th 2001 9/11 9-11-01  Fallen Heroes we will never forget patches




 Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)-Distance Learning out of Emmitsburg, MD 

I have linked all my FEMA Independent Study Program certificates to the list below. 
My training as of 07 December 2014 I have been working on these for years now since around 2005 and an ongoing project since getting my Amateur Radio Ham Radio License in 
05/12/2005 then as KB1MJF Technician Class and moved up to General Class 

Many of these I had to redue the online exams a few times before passing them. And also come up with and figure out a different way and or style to learn some of them. Some test took a few days to do as well. Which in the long run takes a lot of time and energy and a lot of times wearing out my eyes from looking at the computer screen for along time. 


Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)-Distance Learning out of Emmitsburg, MD 
FEMA's Independent Study Courses Independent Study Program (ISP). ISP Courses

I have linked all my FEMA Independent Study Program certificates to the list below. 

Course Title



The Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER- 304) that I had took part at the Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services on September 9th 2014.

This PER 304 Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery and our instructors where with The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center , Honolulu, HI. Our instructors Christopher Tarantino and Andrew Doyle had made the class fun and interesting.  Thank You
As I had Got a 95% on the post test and 85% on the pre-test.



These one picture are from the Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook Page





The above Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery PER-304 Participant Guide can be obtain by login into the  National Disaster Preparedness Training Center  site

I was told that these courses with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center for the hosting agency are free. Just need a place to host them. As they have other courses of interest by going to there Course Catalog. 
Worked/learned about Facebook and Twitter and other social media in getting important information out to the public and also getting information.





Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS RVFD Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department Fire-Police. Update I recently did a medical resignation  on  July 15th 2014 due to my achilles partial tear and my achilles surgery on July 17th 2014, because of the  recovery time. But will have have the opportunity to rejoin after I have fully recovered from the surgery and recovery.



It is important to understand that some of my accomplishments  that I have posted on my blog would not have taken place without me getting in the door of Amateur radio Ham Radio as this lead to and open many other doors to other volunteer work in CERT, Emergency Management and my continuing educations and training.


Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut  had attend with other RVFD Fire Police members the 2014 PNWFPA's 26th Annual Sheriff's Seminar Putnam-Northern Westchester Fire Police Association Sheriff’s Seminar 04/23/14 and 04/30/14 that took part at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services’ TOPS auditorium. 


Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut  United States running in the Stratton Faxon Danbury Half Marathon April 7th 2013Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Road Race


Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Road Race 2013
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I wanted to share some photos of 
“Newtown Police Union Team” running in the  Stratton Faxon Danbury Half Marathon or 5K.
Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Road Race
April 7th 2013. This team is made up of police, fire and medical personnel from around the state. Proud to have been a member of this team. 



I wanted to share his experience at The Sandy Hook Run for the Families a HMF Events (Hartford Marathon Foundation) Hartford Connecticut Saturday - March 23, 2013.

Many Thanks to all those volunteers that help to make this event possible. It was a emotional start and event. And great to see those people that came togther for this event. 






Bib 7915 Overall 269th of 8,862 Male 196th of 3,128 M40-44 21st of 290 Male First Responder 15th of 92 Finished 00:23:28. Recently signed up for the Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Road Race Half Marathon to help support the The Newtown Police Union  and to run with  The “Newtown Police Union Team” on April 7th 2013. A little soon for me doing a half marathon but should be able to handle it. 




Sandy Hook Run for the Families 2013

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I would like to get a  a Southwest Area Incident Management Team Logo Patch.






It was an honor and privilege to be taught by the these instructions for all these classes courses.

These NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Programs where both challenging and educational to me. As I see this type of training slowly migrate to the East Coast from the wildland fire community from the West Coast.


The (L-950) All-Hazards ICS Incident Commander Course at Valhalla, NY January 2014

L 950: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Incident Commander


We had some great instructors for this course that brought in real time experiences and stories that was integrated into the course. It was great, Many thanks to these guys ! The two instructors where connected with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA


Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 


In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Chief Robert Maynes, and Dan Oltrogge, 


Robert Maynes, Queens Borough Commander with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)



Chief Maynes, who is responsible for operations, policy, training and administration for the departments 96 units assigned to Queens, is a 30 year FDNY veteran and has been deployed nationally to 15 catastrophic incidents. He was part of the Fire Department’s highly skilled Incident Management Team which responded to Hurricane Katrina after it hit New Orleans.
Dan Oltrogge, Director of Fire and Aviation for the Grand Canyon

National Park, National Park Service (retired)

Southwest Area Incident Management Team – Dan Oltrogge IC.

U. S. Forest Service Southwest Incident Management Team. Dan Oltrogge, Incident Commander.


Some of these articles that I have link are written by Chief Robert Maynes and are in Fire Engineering Magazine and or FireEngineering.com great articles to read.


Daniel Oltrogge is mentioned in the above article with Chief Maynes


Please google search Daniel Oltrogge (IC-Southwest Area IMT) and  FDNY IMT FDNY Incident Management Team
Please see The Go Team FDNY's Incident Management Team is changing the way the department responds to disasters  Please see within the same link In the Beginning...The story behind the FDNY IMT's creation



Please see LOGISTICS

There where members of the FDNY IMT FDNY Incident Management Team Members Yonkers Fire Department and Yonkers Police and Westchester County Police, Northeast Region Civil Air Patrol and others at the (L-950) All-Hazards ICS Incident Commander Course at Valhalla, NY 

The (L-965) All-Hazards ICS Resources Unit Leader Course at Valhalla, NY February 2014

L 965: All-Hazards Position Specific Resources Unit Leader



We had some great instructors for this course Many thanks to these guys ! The two instructors where connected with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA


Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 



In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Michael Meyers - Mike Meyers, FDNY Battalion Chief and Michael Kuypers-Mike Kuypers


Michael Meyers - Mike Meyers, FDNY Battalion Chief  Operations Section Chief with the FDNY IMT, FDNY Operations


The (L-958) All- Hazards ICS Operations Section Chief Course at Valhalla, NY March 2014

L 958: All-Hazards Position Specific Operations Section Chief

L-958, All-Hazards Operations Section Chief (OSC)


“This was a tough course”

We had some great instructors for this course Many thanks to these guys ! The two instructors where connected with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA

Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 


In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Tom Hatcher, National Type 1 Operations Section Chief and William “Dugger” Hughes, National Type 1 Operations Section Chief, National Type 1 Incident Commander

U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Dugger Hughes

I am using three parts of a pdf from the EPA to help go to more detail on what the OSC might use as I find to a least me useful. As a person with learning disabilities visual aids are great to see how the whole process comes together with the ICS Forms. 






The (L-964) All-Hazards ICS Situation Unit Leader Course at Valhalla, NY April 2014
L 964: All-Hazards Position Specific Situation Unit Leader

All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader (SITL)

We had some great instructors for this course Many thanks to these guys ! The two instructors where connected with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA


Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 





In the Pictures Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Greg Shuping of North Carolina and Brian Lauber of Arizona both instructors with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA

The (L-962) All Hazards ICS Planning Section Chief Course at Valhalla, NY May 2014

L 962: All-Hazards Position Specific Planning Section Chief

All-Hazards Planning Unit Leader ( PSC )

We had some great instructors for this course Many thanks to these guys ! The two instructors where connected with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA


Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 




In the Pictures Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Stephen N. Foley Steve Foley and Michael Meyers - Mike Meyers, FDNY Battalion 9 Chief Operations Section Chief with the FDNY IMT, FDNY Operations
 both instructors with Wiland Associates LLC out of Selah, WA

Steve Foley Plays the role of agency representative with the Department of Transportation in this video of the ICS Planning P



The (L-967) All Hazards ICS Logistics Section Chief June 2014 at Valhalla, NY

L 967: All-Hazards Position Specific Logistics Section Chief


Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 

In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Daniel Martinetion FDNY Battalion Chief Safety Battalion 1 and 
FDNY Battalion Chief Paul Tauber, Battalion 50



The (L-973) All Hazards ICS Finance/Administration Section Chief June 2014  at Valhalla, NY 

L 973: All-Hazards Position Specific Finance/Admin. Section Chief

Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 

In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Arliss Redekopp and James Kane FDNY Battalion Chief Battalion 49

I’m sharing the following as it was honor and privilege to be taught by some of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team for some of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training in which I took part in as a student.

CBS News New York FDNY Sends Team To Help With Snow Removal In Buffalo 35 members of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team left Randalls Island for Buffalo November 21, 2014 

Please click below to read article:

FDNY Sends Team To Help With Snow Removal In Buffalo

mentions FDNY incident commander Jim Kane 
Please see video below:







The (L-971) All-Hazards Facilities Unit Leader Course August 2014 at Valhalla, NY 

L 971: All-Hazards Position Specific Facilities Unit Leader



Please see Wiland Associates, LLC 


In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Daniel Martinetion FDNY Battalion Chief Safety Battalion 1 and 
FDNY Battalion Chief Paul Tauber, Battalion 50 with two of the students that where in the class.


The (L-954) All- Hazards ICS Safety Officer Course August 2014 at Valhalla, NY 

L 954: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Safety Officer



In Picture Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Cliff Chetwin and Bryan Swift 

Links and information in which I had found in the area of the course which I felt might be useful.

THE. PLANNING “P” is important part of this class 
FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide The IAP Guide explains how to plan and execute operations during any incident.

It would be highly recommend in my view and opinion to take and do Emergency Management Institute - FEMA Independent Study Program IS-201: Forms Used for the Development of the Incident Action Plan As this is going to be used in all of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training.




 This video does come in sections. ICS Planning Cycle



High Risk/Low Frequency Events in the Fire Service by Gordon Graham. We had watch this video in our class.



The
RIDEM - Emergency Response Plan Page - Rhode Island Section 8- Job Aids have been used in the FEMA Student Guide in some of there FEMA courses. And in Section 10- Forms for Incident Command. These are great reference materials






Please click here to find out the course requirements for the  Professional Development Series (PDS) - Emergency Management 
--- FEMA EMI Professional Development Series PDS in Emergency Management Certificate Of Achievement






FEMA Continuity of Operations Excellence Series—Level 1 (Professional Continuity Practitioner) certification 8th October 2014



I had received this in the mail from DHS/FEMA/NCP/COOP in Washington, DC in the mail on October 17th 2014.  I’m proud to have received this as a lot of hard work went into this. I had most of the requirements for this back in 2012 but was missing a about two items that where a in class only type. 


To see the my certificates as of 2012 going towards the Requirements needed for the Level I - Professional Continuity Practitioner Requirements
Please click here:



To see the Level I - Professional Continuity Practitioner Requirements needed for the 
Please click here:

Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut is on his way of completing some of the Master Continuity Practitioner
Level II - Master Continuity Practitioner Requirements
as I have complete the following courses prerequisite 
but not sure if I will be able to complete everything on this list for all the courses prerequisites.

IS-240 Leadership & Influence
IS-551 Devolution Planning

IS-156 Building Design for Homeland Security for Continuity of Operations










Q-464: ICS 300 Intermediate All-Hazard NIMS ICS Review for Expanding Incidents
Q-466: ICS 400 Fundamentals Review for Command and General Staff
Q-890 Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism IERT





SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics
Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter
Community Hurricane Preparedness, 2nd Edition
Community Tsunami Preparedness 2nd Edition

: Preparedness in School Emergency Management (revised 10-25-10)

Emergency Management Considerations for Students and Staff with Disabilities


HazMat Transportation Incidents: Using the Emergency Response Guidebook

Personal Preparedness course

Terrorism, Preparedness, and Public Health: An Introduction


Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program ID 203: Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program



EM103 NIMS Introduction to Emergency Management with NIMS

EM 230: Mental Health Aspects of Emergencies and Disasters


St. Petersburg College’s National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation
06-22-11 Live Response: Planning for the Whole Community

Live Response 8-25-10 Severe Weather Alert: Disaster Management When The Power Goes Out

Live Response 10-28-09 TEEX - Emergency Operations Center Incident Management

Traffic Stops

Force Protection

The Florida Regional Community Policing. Institute (RCPI) at St. Petersburg College (SPC),

Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness course

Department of Defense (DOD)
Anti-terrorism Level 1 Awareness Training

New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education (NYCEPCE)
Working in a Point of Dispensing (POD)

The Canadian Emergency Management College CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear)First Responder Training Program
CBRN-Awareness course

Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Emergency Management Concerns for the First Responder in Terrorism and Disaster PER303

University of Michigan School of Public Health Office of Public Health-Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness
Psychosocial Issues Related to Bioterrorism PIRBS0306

Coping with Disasters COWDD0108

Johns Hopkins Public Health Preparedness Programs
Disaster Mental Health Intervention

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness
Radiation Safety: Bioeffects, Protection and Standards & Radiation Detection

Law Enforcement's Role in Terrorism

Self-Care for Disaster Responders (NC DRN, Module 6).

Resiliency in Disasters (NC DRN, Module 5)

Activation for Disasters (NC DRN, Module 8)

Interagency Aviation Training IAT
A-101 - Aviation Safety (Basic Safety Module)

A-113 - Crash Survival (Basic Safety Module)

A-109 - Aviation Radio Use

Pacific EMPRINTS
Global Positioning System Technology for Public Safety and Emergency Response.

Nuclear & Radiological Threats

Psychological First Aid (PFA): Helping People Cope During Disasters & Public Health Emergencies

Disaster Triage Exercises

Natural Disasters: Hurricanes

Counting Upon the Kindness & Expertise of Others: Serving Vulnerable Individuals & Families in Times of Disaster

Emergency Operations Training Academy EOTA
CMP123DW: Geographic Information System (GIS) Overview

EFE100D Introduction to Emergency Operations Center

OER122DW: Crisis / Critical Communications

EXR131DW: Fundamentals of Exercise Design

CIP110DW: Vehicle Bomb Search Methods

ENC101DW: Emergency Notifications and Communications

University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMNCPHP)
Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness

Psychological Issues Following Disasters

The Ethics of Public Health Emergencies: The Case of Pandemic Flu (5/9/2007)

NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers

Disaster Mental Health (PHET) (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

Personal Protective Equipment (PHET) (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

Crisis Intervention during Disaster (PHET) (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

Special Populations (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

Planning for and Engaging Special Populations in Emergency Preparedness

Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers

Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation


SafeResponce.com-Michigan State University and Industrial Safety Consultants, Inc
Incident Command System - Awareness Level

Emergency Operations Center: Awareness

Evacuation Coordinator

Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness Level
Kentucky ARES Emergency Communications Training
The Kentucky ARES Training Course

ARECC - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course
Level 1 - ARRL ARECC Level 1. I had passed this back on March 27, 2007

Regional Logistics Program NY-NJ-CT-PA

Logistics 101: Disaster Logistician 
Logistics 200: Logistics Center Logistics 
Logistics 201: Receiving and Distribution Logistics
Logistics 202: Commodity Point of Distribution

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute

Responder Safety Program: High Visibility Innovations
Responder Safety Program: Advance Warning

Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut attended the 
Crisis Intervention and Psychological First Aid Training
with Dr. Carol Mahlstedt 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Bethel, Connecticut





None of the below would not have been possible without getting my Amateur Radio Ham Radio license  in 2005 in which help to pave the way and or open many doors to other Community Service and areas to Volunteer with in which seen below. 


 Amateur Radio Emergency Service/ Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Danbury, Connecticut-Region 5 South October 2007



I had the had the opportunity to volunteer for The Town of Ridgefield,Connecticut KR1COM EOC Emergency Operations Center Radio Room during Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene and Nor'easter Alfred Winter Snow Storm Alfred October 2011. And Hurricane Sandy 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo 2013 as lead operational communicator.  I'm a General Class Amateur Radio Operator. But I can not afford my own HF Radio. So rarely on (ARES) Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member, As a member of PEARL Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League K2PUT in conjunction with Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services that does Radiological Field Team Monitoring Radiological Decontamination Drills And Exercises At Community-School Reception Centers Population Monitoring And Radiological Field Team Monitoring exercises for For Putnam County New York, Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) IPEC-Indian Point nuclear power plant Entergy. ,Even with disabilities, Invisible Disabilities/not immediately apparent disabilities  I have made these accomplishments.


WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut helping out to lay out the new cable and new Discone Antennas at KR1COM Ridgefield EOC Emergency Operations Center Antenna Party 2007


( These antennas mentioned had survived about 5 different storms that we had past through Ridgefield and was recently change out June 2013 )

WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut helping out to lay out the new cable and new Discone Antennas at KR1COM Ridgefield EOC Emergency Operations Center Antenna Party 2007


WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut posing next to the The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) Truck before Training with practice set up and making sure we have all the supplies needed for this.,

Being taught how to use this equipment from member of the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Entergy From Indian Point Emergency Planning  Tony Iraola was also on hand with members of the The New York State Emergency Management Office (NYSEMO) as FEMA will be there this Saturday April 25th 2009 to do the Evaluation.



Adam Stiebeling, Deputy Commissioner of Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services  Saturday April 25th 2009 shows the team how to use some of the equipment

 Letter from then in December 2009 Deputy Commissioner Adam B Stiebeling SEMO Evaluated Indian Point Drill Indian Point Radiological Emergency Response Prepared Exercise. 







WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut Decontamination Center Exercise Decontamination Drill April 25,2009 As a member of PEARL Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League K2PUT in conjunction with Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services that does Radiological Field Team Monitoring Radiological Decontamination Drills And Exercises At Community-School Reception Centers Population Monitoring And Radiological Field Team Monitoring exercises for For Putnam County New York, Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) IPEC-Indian Point nuclear power plant Entergy. 


I Volunteer Amateur Radio Ham Radio operators use there own POV personally owned vehicle to do the Radiological Field Team Monitoring. We connect to the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) with via amateur radio bands., We also have some vehicle's owners have APRS Automatic Packet Reporting System so that personal at the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) can see what grid section where at or have been to. With the APRS Automatic Packet Reporting System one can send a text message to the EOC as well.,

If one does not have a APRS systems calling in the gps coordinates works as well through the amateur radio bands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC) which was intresting to view and to watch. As mentioned above do our own Radiological Decontamination Drills And Exercises At Community-School Reception Centers.


 Please click on this to see the Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC) There is alot of great information from the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Emergency Preparedness and Response on Radiation Emergencies which can be seen here by clicking on this

Using a Ludlum 52-1-1 Portal Monitor in which information about this which can be seen here by clicking on this

Population Monitoring pdf information which can be seen here by clicking on this

Population Monitoring from the REMM Radiation Emergency Medical Management(US Department of Health and Human Services) which can be seen here by clicking on this


A super great point of start information is the page on Contamination: Diagnose/Manage chart page which goes into other pages from the REMM Radiation Emergency Medical Management(US Department of Health and Human Services) can be seen here by clicking on this







The above G-M Detectors Job-Aid is one of the steps/processes that we do. These Job-Aids are great for us volunteers as we do not do this on an everyday basics.




you can see this DOSE-GUARD Personal Dosimeter home page by clicking on this

Some of the equipment that we use for the Field Team Radiological Survey Instruments and Dosimetry Devices is mentioned in the
M E R R T T. Radiological Survey Instruments and Dosimetry Devices page
which can be seen here by clicking on this.


We do this with Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) and The New York State Office of Emergency Management ( OEM ) as well as FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency who do the Evaluation on us every two years.

Please see QST November 2010 under Public Service Emergency Communications Titled " Amateurs Supply Critical Support to Nuclear Exercise page 81"



Dirty bomb/radiological contamination interactive training

Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Emergency Simulation


Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation

Taken part in Radiological Field Team Monitoring Practice Training August 21st 2013.  Did this even with a aircast walker brace, Amateur Radio Ham Radio  Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Field Team, Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Carmel, New York  Picture caption back from the field, Wearing a General Atomics  DOSE-GARD® Micro-Electronic Personal Dosimeter and other important iteams :) Even with my Aircast walker brace do to my achilles tear since June 2012



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball and others being briefed at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Carmel, New York before going out as Radiological Field Teams. As part of Monitoring Practice Training August 21st 2013. 



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball and others being briefed at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Carmel, New York before going out as Radiological Field Teams. As part of Monitoring Practice Training August 21st 2013. 

WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, New York for a Radiological Decontamination General Population Reception Center drill exercise with the PEARL Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League K2PUT RACES Ham Radio Amateur Radio in conjunction with Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.

 FEMA evaluation by FEMA Region II on October 30th 2014

We had also there NYSOEM and Putnam County Department of Health.

Thomas Q Kimball at the 2009 PEARL Putnam Emergency Amateur Repeater League Field Day
New York State Police Troop T (Thruway) 2008 and 2009  Pumpkin Patrol 
These patrols are made possible by members of State Police Troop T, local citizen band radio clubs and amateur HAM radio operators. Troop T, whose members patrol the Thruway exclusively, and the volunteers, will be on watch


New York State Police Troop K ( Interstate 84 ) 2010  Pumpkin Patrol 





The New York State Police Troop K Pumpkin Patrol through Amateur Radio-Ham Radio., On October 30th 2010., Through Amateur Radio-Ham Radio we spend about 3 hours or so an evening.,monitoring any unusual activity on overpasses., WA8UNS Thomas Kimball a Ridgefield, CT Connecticut resident has been doing this now for a few years. 

As a member of PEARL Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League.

For people with disabilities making a difference helping serving the local community., It's a great and positive thing to do., 

Our teams/groups that go out from the PEARL Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League out of Carmel,New York do a great job., dedicating their time volunteering with this every year., Keeping New York State citizens-residents safe on I-84 and I-684


Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut volunteering with The Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League K2PUT booth-tent at The Child Advocacy Center and the Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County 6th Annual Children's Expo and Public Safety Day on Saturday, May 7th 2011. At the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operators Center And we had many volunteers from are PEARL group that came out to talk speak and show what Amateur Radio Ham Radio is all about. Some photos-pictures from that day.,



Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut at the 8th Annual Children's Expo & Public Safety Day May 4, 2013.
The 8th Annual Children's Expo & Public Safety Day May 4, 2013.  At the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operators Center And we had many volunteers from are PEARL group that came out to talk speak and show what Amateur Radio Ham Radio is all about. Some photos-pictures from that day.



 Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut posing with Sparky The Fire Dog

Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut posing with STAT Medevac Helicopter BK-117






WA8UNS New York City Marathon NYC Marathon Communications Team 2009 and 2010

WA8UNS New York City Marathon NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team Mile Marker 24

It was an honor and a privilege to be a member of this NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team Mile Marker 24. And the excellent group to serve with for mile 24 marker., I hope to be able to come back next year., but maybe I'll also try to be in the race for 2010., But being able to give back as a volunteer for a sport of marathon in which I have been doing since age 16 is a great honor.,

A special thank you to W2ML Steve Mendelsohn Radio Communications Director 2009 ING New York City Marathon for allowing me to take part as a volunteer for this race.,

I was able to learn about Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications in the NYC Marathon when W2ML Steve Mendelsohn  visited Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League: PEARL out of Carmel, New York, and I have been volunteer for the race ever since. 

Seeing all the faces and expressions of each runner that had passed by me., It was great to see everyone in there effort to do there best in this race.,I was emotional and proud of each person that came and competed in the Disabilities  handicap part of the race and the great effort and challenges it takes to compete in this type of race., My hat goes off to you.,And also the medical team that help me at the end of the race when I got something in my eyes for helping to flush them out., Many thanks and my team members.,

I hope that one day I will have  an opportunity to run B.A.A Boston Marathon Boston Athletic Association and Boston Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon. I will just have to see how my recovery after achilles surgery July 17 2014 goes and rehab. Until then I plan to keep volunteering with New York City Marathon NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team Mile Marker 24 . I have not had the opportunity to volunteer for the Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team yet. Maybe one day as my funding is limited on my transportation and a place to stay.




WA8UNS New York City Marathon NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team Mile Marker 24 2010


Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut The New York Road Runners' (NYRR) ING New York City Marathon 2013 volunteering even with a Aircast walker brace and I hope that maybe in 2015 I’ll be able to run and race in the The TCS New York City Marathon


Thanks to my mother that drove me into the city so I could do my volunteer work at Mile Marker 24 and also to the Mile 24 Captain for getting to Grand Central Terminal so I could get the train to Goldens Bridge, New York to get back to Ridgefield,Connecticut 

Thomas Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield,Connecticut volunteering New York City Marathon NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Ham Radio Communications Team Mile Marker 24 2013



TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON NYC Marathon 2014 This years experience by WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut 

TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON NYC Marathon 2014 WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut 


I had borrowed my girlfriends boost mobile smart phone for the marathon and hope to take some timeline photos of me by the mile 24 timing clocks as to where my position was. So that I would be able to share with my friends on Facebook and Twitter. 



I myself do not own a smart phone my is a normal Assurance wireless programs for folks with disabilities and low income. To show how long a volunteer works that day. Making sure I had wool socks and long underwear tops and bottoms on with a fleece top with my reflective jacket with a fleece liner on as was very windy and cold on race morning. 

I did have my normal camera with me but had thought that my girlfriends smart phone camera would be good. Maybe I can send these photos that where taken by the smart phone in to some digital photo retouch.

As for me I was dropped off from my parents who are in there 70’s about 7am 7:30 in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and had to leave Ridgefield, CT at 6am. On or way down there was a big tree down in the in which had blocked one of the lanes due to high winds. Then getting the 6:22 pm train out of grand central station to be picked up at Katonah Metro-North New York. Volunteers spend many hours and work there positions from the start of the first race to the end when the NYPD comes with there lights on and when it getting dark. 

In other years I had taken the train down also from Goldens Bridge Metro-North New York. And have to leave here about 4 or 5am. 


I was discouraged that the smart phone I had borrowed didn’t take the best pictures as when it came to really wanted the best I could come out of them specially when only once and a life time in meeting the CBS 2 CBS New York news anchors Dana Tyler, Chris Wragge and with the CBS 2 CBS New York news weather Lonnie Quinn. Who where at mile 24 for the TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON NYC Marathon 2014 waiting for there friend and CBS 2 CBS New York news anchor Kristine Johnson to pass by. What great support of a team for a fellow team mate. I’m very proud of Kristine Johnson for finishing the race and seeing her friends Dana Tyler, Chris Wragge Lonnie Quinn with the support to the finish. It’s not every day that you get to meet such meet such celebrities. As it really meant alot to me it was hard for me to hide the emotions as I almost cried. As I borrow a photo off of Twitter. CBS 2 CBS New York news anchor Kristine Johnson with her CBS 2 CBS New York news anchors Dana Tyler, Chris Wragge and with the CBS 2 CBS New York news weather Lonnie Quinn at the finish, Again congratulations Kristine Johnson for finishing the race. 



Maybe one day I can meet them again. I did give them my WA8UNS business card with my blog address. 

Being that I’m a former marathon and ultra-marathon and ironman distance triathlete I understand what it is like competing in these events. And sometimes the pain and suffering it takes to be able to finish one of these events. And maybe in 2015 and or 2016 I might be able to run in the New York City Marathon myself. But currently in recovery since a achilles partial tear and my achilles surgery on July 17th 2014, Been doing marathons since 16 years old might have contributed to this tear,



Run Like a Mother Ridgefield Connecticut, Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS Amateur Radio Ham Radio Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer during this year May 11th 2014 Run Like a Mother Ridgefield Connecticut,

Our Amateur Radio Ham Radio Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers provide that provide communications assistance during this race.

In Photo , At my post/position Prospect Street. Teddy came to check on Thomas still with Working under our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer as on medical leave with the Fire-Police due to my partial achilles tear and having surgery in July 2014 to repair it.
but do what I can 








 I also I had the had the opportunity to volunteer for The Town of Ridgefield,Connecticut KR1COM EOC Emergency Operations Center Radio Room during the State of Connecticut Statewide Hurricane Exercise — Governor Malloy's EPPI ( Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative )  Statewide Hurricane Exercise  July Statewide Hurricane Exercise July 2012

I had the had the opportunity to volunteer for this as a member of the CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) As was able to work with communications/comms

We had an excellent group-team working together on this.

During Hurricane Irene Tropical Storm Irene 2011 working the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES)Ham Radio Station KR1COM at the Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut EOC Emergency Operations Center was an experience. Working along and among town officials. We in the Amateur Radio side had a 3 man crew. This was an expenice and my first experience working in this type of capacity at the Town Of Ridgefield EOC Emergency Operations Center. Even with all my FEMA courses I have taken a new experience.



CERT Community Emergency Response Team Region 5 South Ares Group City of Danbury Emergency Management The Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) 03/10/2008 Group photo of class
Group photo of Ridgefield,CT CERT Community Emergency Response Team


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut Certificate October 19th 2009



Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS of Ridgefield, Connecticut The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut Certificate October 19th 2009


Thomas with a Ridgefield Fire Police and Ridgefield Police in background volunteering for the Ridgefield Sprint Triathlon May 31st 2009 at the Intersection of Route 35 and Copps Hill Road In Ridgefield,CT as emergency communications aka race communications as a CERT communications member with amateur radio




Ridgefield Sprint Triathlon Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications.

Ridgefield Sprint Triathlon Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications.


Here is one photo of two volunteers that help out in this years Ridgefield Sprint Triathlon June 5th 2011. And some other mug shots of me., Who where at the postion at Bates Farm Road and Limestone Road., Friend Peter with the Ridgefield Fire Department Fire Police and myself with the Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications., We had volunteers from Danbury,CT CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications., As well as the Ridgefield Fire Department Fire Police and our own Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications and others., We had are postions on the bike course and also the run course as well., Many thanks to all the volunteers., And a great job to all the participants triathletes., It was a good day for a triathlon., And also thanks to the folks that put the race on as it's becoming popular.






Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut wanted to share:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers working behind the scenes at the EOC as Communications Net Control. Working as Amateur Radio Net Control and other communications Net Control Operators. For the Tri Ridgefield Triathlon TriRidgefield - TriRidgefield Sprint Tri this morning June 1st 2014 We had other CERT Volunteer Amateur Radio Operators out on the course as well. Great day for this event. Maybe one day I be able to do a triathlon again if my partial achilles tear, recovers and able to save up for a race bike, It hard not to be able to run. At least able to swim. 

It’ great to be able to give back as a volunteer to these sports events such as triathlons and marathons etc. As I had used to compete in these types of sporting events myself. 





Helping to sign people up for the CT Alert Connecticut Emergency Alerting and Notification System Aug 28th 2010




Ridgefield,Connecticut becoming A NOAA National Weather Service Storm Ready Community August 19, 2009

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut wanted to share working the CERT Community Emergency Response Team Booth today April 5th 2014 at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association RVNA Health Fair April 5th 2014 in Ridgefield, Connecticut thanks to Sander for taking the photos


Thomas taking phone calls of people wanting signing up for Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut Point of Distribution (POD) H1N1 vaccination clinic November 21,2009  at Ridgefield High School


I should be sponsored by Arizona RX Energy Herbal Tonic as how many pictures on my blog posting show a can of Arizona Tea RX Energy Herbal Tonic in it . There are a few. I try to get a 24 pack when on sale. 


Thomas signing people in at the Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut Point of Distribution (POD) H1N1 vaccination clinic November 21,2009  at Ridgefield High School



H1N1 vaccination clinic  Scotts Ridge Middle School Date January 9th  2010 


WA8UNS with Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team and Amateur Radio Ham Radio Emergency Communications. ARES, RACES  at H1N1 vaccination clinic  Scotts Ridge Middle School Date January 9th 2010 

WA8UNS presentation of Town Of Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Connecticut H1N1 POD Point of Dispensing in December 15th 22nd and 29th 2009., Many thanks to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, RVNA, Ridgefield Fire Department Fire Police, Ridgefield CERT Community Emergency Response Team members and all other volunteers that made this possible to help our local citizens.,

By WA8UNS Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut Point of Distribution (POD) H1N1 Vaccine November 21,2009



WA8UNS Thomas with some portable capabilities and or go-kits., With HF and VHF and UHF capabilities., City Of Danbury, CT Emergency Communications EOC KX1EOC setting up communications that will be stationed at the Danbury Hospital when needed., On this day of September 2nd 2010




This is just a short breif of a brefing we had at Danbury Hospital Emergency Communications Amateur Radio-Ham Radio in Danbury, CT on September 13th 2010 and our new joint effort with Danbury Hospital and our City of Danbury EOC Amateur Radio Ham Radio Group KX1EOC.,

Also the following link on a functioning HDSCS Hospital Disaster Support Communications System., And how this Orange County, California Hospital., and maybe use some of there ideas for the new set-up at Danbury Hospital.,


Also please see this link called Hams Needed at Hospitals? Why amateur radio-ham radio at hospitals or Danbury Hospital ?




Danbury Hospital Emergency Communications Amateur Radio-Ham Radio in Danbury, CT on September  2010


WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KX1EOC Danbury,CT

I believe the above photo was taken on the day Simply Simplex test was done QST; Mar 2008, Vol. 92 Issue 3, p90 WA8UNS Mentioned

Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS at KX1EOC Danbury, CT for the 2008 Simulated Emergency Test Amateur Radio Emergency Service





Bethel Drill Will Test Area Emergency Flu Response Connecticut  April 2nd - April 6th 2008 State Department of Public Health's Ottilie Lundgren Memorial Mobile Field Hospital Amateur Radio Ham Radio CERT

Emergency Preparedness Consortium 
Community Planning Partners for MEMA ( Managed Emergency Mass Allocation)
Amateur Radio Ham Radio Connecticut ARES 










6th Annual CERT Community Emergency Response Team Training Weekend October 2nd 2010 at the Connecticut Fire Academy . 




WebEOC taught by DEMHS Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Trainer of WebEOC Mr.Robert Scata and who I need to thank for sending me this picture from the 6th Annual CERT Community Emergency Response Team Training Weekend October 2nd 2010 at the Connecticut Fire Academy . I was front and center with this training.,
( glad I kept my CERT hat on here )


I had felt the training in both Communications Basic Course and WebEOC where great classes/courses to take there and I hope that my experiences of those classes we can do something similar with the Town Of Ridgefield,Connecticut CERT Community Emergency Response Team., As there great tools to know and have experience with.,


CERT Community Emergency Response Team could use GMRS/FRS radio's and then give the information to the CERT Incident Command or Incident Commander who then relays that information via amateur radio ham radio to the City Town Municipality EOC., ( photo of the GMRS/FRS radios we used in our CERT Communications Basic Course )

Not all CERT Community Emergency Response Team members would have to be amateur radio ham radio operators.,

I will post some CERT Communications Plan links. pdf here, 






As for the WebEOC knowing your state's Shelter and Hospital bed count is important information to know so you have an idea of where you can place people., It's like having a network of information on one site.,Everyone the took the class/course wouldn't gain excess to the WebEOC after we left but we where able to get something that is available to the public but great information

WebEOC can be used with amateur radio ham radio operators Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) at there EOC emergency operations center., With WebEOC electronic logging information of radio traffic can be better as hand written can be harder to read you can also print out the information as well., .,., A trained NOAA's National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter could input weather data from his or her location in a town or city on what and how the weather currently is in there area which could help to predict any possible bad weather.,
Just a thought on using WebEOC with our Amateur Radio Ham Radio APRS Automatic Packet Reporting System Mapping, To give information on where field teams position/locations are., GPS latitude and longitude., 

I will post to pdf links on some of the above both are from Washington State Emergency Management Division ., 




Short video on WebEOC In Action, 

Here is an example of possible use of WebEOC for ESF-2 Communications Activity Log / Amateur Radio/Ham Radio I found ( screen shot Washington State Emergency Operations Center )
2007 Skywarn Spotter Guide
Basic Skywarn Spotter Training Western Connecticut State University New Science Building April 24th 2007


WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball with Brian Montgomery Meteorologist at November 1, 2010 Skywarn Winter Weather Training Course at The Washington Vol. Fire Department Washington, CT



The Class  ( Group Photo ) November 1, 2010 Skywarn Winter Weather Training Course at The Washington Vol. Fire Department Washington, CT







Basic Skywarn Spotter Training Class Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services in Carmel, NY August 7th 2013. Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS in the front row with the blue shirt attended this Basic Skywarn Spotter Training Class with others from the Danbury Ridgefield Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Connecticut area. This class was well attended. Thanks to all for help to put this on. 





WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut has taken and finished the G271 – Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness G-271 Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness in ValhallaNY November 2013

In Picture WA8UNS Thomas Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut with Gary Conte NWS National Weather Service  KC2UHS

Learned about the NWS New York, NY Emergency Manager's Page. 

NWS New York, NY Emergency Manager's Page.


PREPAREDNESS PAGES
Useful Websites for Emergency Managers
NWS Products and Services Reference Guidebook
The National Weather Service Reference Guide mentions Amateur Radio Ham Radio ARES RACES







Thomas Q Kimball looking at the STOC (State Tactical On-Scene) boxes  "Spring Training" A Grand Slam in Connecticut QST; Jul 2009, Vol. 93 Issue 7, p70 ( Mr. Wilson Photo Credit )

Photo credits for these photos goto Mr.Tom Wilson and Mr.Harlan Ford and myself. This was truly a great event and many thanks to those that help put this on.,


WA8UNS listening to a briefing on the State Tactical Scene Communication Box STOC Interoperability Solution Model 341 Communications Gear made by Marcus Communications for the State of Connecticut Office of Emergency Management Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security .



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut taking part in the The State Tactical On-Scene Channel System (STOCS)  is to provide an Interoperable Radio System for on scene tactical use. Train the Trainer Training that took place here at Ridgefield, Connecticut this morning. Great day for this on April 12th 2014 







Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut attended the DESPP Sponsored Auxiliary Emergency Communications AEC Workshop At the CT Fire Academy on May 3rd and May 4th 2014

Our instructors where and many thanks to them

Carter Davis (KH6FV)  From Honolulu. Hawaii HIDHS/Office of Emergency Communications Honolulu


Chris Baker  ( KF6CDV ) Battalion Chief/Paramedic with the Roseville CA Fire Department. Department of Homeland Security COML and COMT instructor.



The DHS Office of Emergency Communications Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program. (OEC/ICTAP) 

Auxiliary Emergency Communications AEC Course Office of Emergency Communications Auxiliary Emergency Communications Course May 2014 Certificate



CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Connecticut Emergency Communications Spring Training March 28, 2009 Southbury,CT



State of Connecticut Mass Decontamination trailer with ICALL/ITAC radio system visiting Ridgefield,CT date unknown








Town of New Fairfield's Practice Emergency Response To Chemical Releases At Annual Exercise  UN 1017 April 26th 2010, WA8UNS Thomas Kimball Played Victim.

CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Amateur Radio Emergency Service Simulated Emergency Test Player Handbook Connecticut ARES SET 2007



WA8UNS at Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES-CT ( SET ) Simulated Emergency Test Nov 14th 2009 at the City Hall of the City of Danbury in Danbury Connecticut, CT Emergency Operations Center ( EOC ) Call Sign KX1EOC., WA8UNS maned the phone and also the 2 meter Primary on VHF is 147.300 for messages and people calling. There was aslo Traffic Nets taking place on the repeater , Also listen in on Primary on HF is 3.965.on the HF rig


The ( SET ) Simulated Emergency Test was based on THIS IS A DRILL - ICE STORM IZZY HAS PRODUCED HEAVY ICING IN CONNECTICUT OVERNIGHT. CT ARES ACTIVATION TO LEVEL 2 STANDBY EFFECTIVE 0830 SATURDAY.




Amateur Radio Connecticut Section Simulated Emergency Test SET 2010 at KX1EOC Danbury, CT 



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KX1EOC City Of Danbury in Danbury Connecticut., At the EOC Emergency Operations Center., Listening to the Hurricane Watch Net at 14.325 mhz and NOAA Weather Radio on a 146 mhz Frequency On September 3rd 2010., Listening to information about Hurricane Earl and it's possible impact., I'm Glad I can get to use the radio's at KX1EOC which is nice since not to be able to afford an HF radio do to my limited income.,
  


Below photo from the above movie I did : WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KX1EOC City Of Danbury in Danbury Connecticut., At the EOC Emergency Operations Center., Listening to the Hurricane Watch Net at 14.325 mhz and NOAA Weather Radio on a 146 mhz Frequency On September 3rd 2010., Listening to information about Hurricane Earl and it's possible impact.,





WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball with  Region 5 ESF-2 Communications Crew January 26th 2013 at the Ridgefield,Connecticut EOC Emergency Operations Center KR1COM Amateur Radio Ham Radio Room 


The Ridgefield Press Newspaper in the People Section Thursday Feb 14th 2013
  Hams help train emergency responders




WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut is in some parts of the Communicating During Emergencies II Mutual Aid and How to Access Regional Communication Resources in Region 5 Northwestern Connecticut DVD

Filming of this DVD had taken place at the Town of Ridgefield, CT Emergency Operations Center Amateur Radio Room KR1COM


 CERT/ARES/RACES/ AMATEUR RADIO/ HAM RADIO COMMUNICATIONS RIDGEFIELD CONNECTICUT FIREWORKS JULY 4TH 2013


CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Region 5 Amateur Radio Test August 3 2013 Region 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Services (  ARES)


 WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KR1COM Ridgefield,CT for Region 5 Amateur Radio Test August 3 2013 Region 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) 

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball  with  
The Ridgefield, Connecticut EOC  Emergency Operations Center Communications Team at KR1COM radio room in Ridgefield, CT for ARES Region 5 Amateur Radio Test Saturday August 9th 2014 Region 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) CT REGION 5. We where testing out 6 meters 2 meters 146.58  and 40 meters 7.212.  as we where trying to check into net control in which think was WA1EOC. Other EOC Amateur Radio Communications was also trying to reach Net Control as well with ARES Region 5 





The Ridgefield Press Newspaper Page 20A  August 21st 2014
 Hams test their radio gear

Hams test their gear

With Sander W1SOP and Sean KC1BKB Article written by one of our PIO Public Information Officer Gerri Lewis



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut was the Amateur Radio Ham Radio lead operational communicator From Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene August 2011 and The 2011 Halloween nor'easter, "Snowtober" and "Storm Alfred". And Hurricane Sandy 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo 2013, At the Town of Ridgefield, CT Emergency Operations Center Amateur Radio Room KR1COM


I have made Herculean efforts to overcome and compensate for my learning and related disabilities. But because of my sports and athletic accomplishments and abilities it hard for some to recognize that I have disabilities and to recognize these Herculean efforts to overcome and compensate for my learning and related disabilities are unrecognized as a person with “invisible disability” I believe that for some understanding what it is to have an invisible disability is hard to understand .

CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Amateur Radio Emergency Service ( SET ) Simulated Emergency Test Nov 9th 2013  State Of Connecticut
CONNECTICUT SECTION - SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KR1COM Ridgefield,CT



WA8UNS at Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES-CT ( SET ) Simulated Emergency Test Nov 9th 2013 at KR1COM Ridgefield, CT Emergency Operations Center ( EOC ) WA8UNS had worked some HF and VHF Frequencies 





CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Informal 6 meter test Sunday, November 17,  2013 11:00 am CT Region 5 Connecticut in which doing a check-in on 53.020 simplex on the ICOM IC-7000. into a field station on Above All Road in Warren, Connecticut. 


Volunteering at the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA) Hamfest. September 14th 2014

A Amateur Radio Ham Radio Event

All photos where taken by Gregory G. Davis KB1YHW of GGDavis.com Photography a fellow ham radio operator and friend. 




Selling tickets with David KB1ZAC and myself WA8UNS Thomas. Wake up call was about 5:00am

Attending the CARA - Candlewood Amateur Radio Association Field Day 2014 at the Field Day site at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, Connecticut

Ridgefield, Connecticut Safety Day Photos I had taken on Saturday, September 6, 2014 


Our Ham Radio Amateur Radio booth at the Ridgefield, Connecticut Safety Day  of Saturday, September 6, 2014 Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS with Sander W1SOP and Harlan W1QH

Volunteering for the 38th Annual Ridgefield Pamby Motors Half Marathon, Sunday October 5, 2014, Wolfpit Running Club

A two pictures.




The KR1COM Amateur Radio Ham Radio Group had provided race communications for the 38th Annual Ridgefield Pamby Motors Half Marathon as we had volunteers from our fellow neighbors from the Danbury group KX1EOC

I was apart of this as a volunteer and also provided direction for the race runners in two locations on the race route. As unable to run in the race this year due to recovery of achilles surgery that took place on July 17th 2014.
Jamboree-on-the-Air - Boy Scouts of America  The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, taking place at the John Sherman Hoyt Scout Reservation in West Redding, Connecticut. And or Hoyt Scout Camp in West Redding, Connecticut. Taking place Saturday 18th 2014 for the 2014 Scatacook Fall Camporee Hoyt.



 Members of the CARA Candlewood Amateur Radio Association where on hand with three stations. I believe that this was the first time doing this.







NYS DHSES New York State Division of Homeland Security And Emergency Services Certificate of Completion I-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents. I'm very proud of the certificate below.



I-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents at the Westchester County Department of Emergency Service in ValhallaNY on October 17th 18th 19th 2012.

Was an experience as we had two great Instructor's Bob Panko and Rich Flanagan both had some great experiences in which they shared with the class. I would like to thank them both for a very good job in being our Instructor's . Bob Panko Robert Panko had help out with the Student Workbook 2006 as seen on the Preface page i and I think as both had mentioned The Southern Area Incident Management Team and also Bob Panko has his business called Risky Business Incident Management.
I-400 ADVANCED ICS: ICS for Command and General Staff and Complex Incidents at The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services in Carmel, NY June 1st and 2nd 2013




FIRESCOPE (FIrefighting RESources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies )

The December 2012 edition of the ICS 420-1 "Pocket Sized" Field Operations Guide (FOG)

I recommend this for your go bag for deployment amateur radio ham radio emergency communications and currently keep a copy of this with me in my bag.

I had also used this when taking NWCG I-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents and NWCG I-400 ADVANCED ICS: ICS for Command and General Staff and Complex Incidents  as recommend and handed out so that the students can use it, the older version of this to the students.





NWCG National Fire Equipment System (NFES) NFES 002839 I-300 Student Workbook
Please click on this to see  History of ICS - National Wildfire Coordinating Group The History of Incident Command System You wil see FIRESCOPE (FIrefighting RESources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies ) Mentioned

I-300 Student Workbook


The Planning Process for All Risk Incidents - National Wildfire Coordinating Group 2007 - NFES 2952 - Course I-300, Intermediate ICS.



ICS Tools and Resources Emergency Management Services International, Inc





 The IS-822 Fundamentals of Management and Support Coordination of Federal Disaster Operations course mentions the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) and the  FEMA national incident support manual and the FEMA regional incident support manual but only gives you a link to soft copy pdf version of the FEMA national incident support manual but no links to the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) and the FEMA regional incident support manual. I have found a link on my own for the FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH) but can not find anything for the regional incident support manual., It would be nice to have a hard copy of all three of the above.Not sure why they do not have a link for all three in the course material. 

Incident Management Handbook (IMH)
This Incident Management Handbook (IMH) is designed to assist emergency management personnel in the use of the National Incident Management System’s (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) for use during all hazards response operations and planned events. Great to have in a EOC Emergency Operations Center





I had finished and passed the St. Petersburg College’s National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation 10-28-09 Live Response TEEX The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) - Emergency Operations Center Incident Management - TEEX's Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) a great course but I just recently found out that they have closed  The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI) due to funding and or grants. I wanted to share this as the video shows the TEEX - Emergency Operations Center Incident Management in which maybe one day I’ll be able to go there and take this.






I had finished and passed the St. Petersburg College’s National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Innovation a great course but I just recently found out that they have closed  The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI) due to funding and or grants. I wanted to share this as the video shows the Live Response 8-25-10 Severe Weather Alert: Disaster Management When The Power Goes Out "The MGT-345 - Disaster Management for Electric Power Systems" in which maybe one day I’ll be able to go there and take this.
Live Response 8-25-10 Severe Weather Alert: Disaster Management When The Power Goes Out
This is a preview/brief of August 2010 Live of Response focuses in on a course called
"The MGT-345 - Disaster Management for Electric Power Systems"


Identify Threats
Reduce Risk
Responding using ICS
The Incident Command System
Recover
Public Information & Media
Emergency Preparedness Program


ABC News was in Town Of Ridgefield,CT Connecticut a few times during Nor'easter Alfred Winter Storm Alfred October 2011. Reporting about the power issues and also the temps droping and our shelter warming station.






I also I had the had the opportunity to volunteer for The Town of Ridgefield,Connecticut KR1COM EOC Emergency Operations Center Radio Room during the State of Connecticut Statewide Hurricane Exercise — Governor Malloy's EPPI ( Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative )  Statewide Hurricane Exercise  July Statewide Hurricane Exercise July 2012

I had the had the opportunity to volunteer for this as a member of the CERT Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) As I was able to work with communications/comms


We had an excellent group-team working together on this.





Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut taking part in the State of Connecticut DEMHS EPPI 2014  Statewide Exercise and Governor's Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise on
Monday June 23rd 2014
Taking part at the at 
KR1COM Ridgefield, CT EOC Radio Room.



Most of the communications on that day where on the CT DEMHS Region 5 frequency








The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness has released this message and list of trainings to assist in Hurricane Sandy response and recovery efforts. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern United States, many of you are likely immersed in assisting in public health response and recovery efforts in your states and localities.
The staff at UNC CPHP The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness want to remind you of the numerous "just in time" training and educational resources pertaining to hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters right here at your fingertips via the Training Web Site.

Below is a list of some of our available training packages that you may find to be useful in the days of response and recovery that lie ahead:












Connecticut Emergency Alerting and Notification System



CT Alert ENS allows state and local officials to help protect lives and property by providing critical information to residents during emergencies, including dangerous situations.Email PDAs Mobile Phones Text/Instant Messaging

This above system CT Alert did an excellent job during Hurricane Irene. Since I live in the Town of Ridgefield and even though working out of the EOC I still got calls from this service from First Selectman, Rudy Marconi about the town's shelters and the situation about the power lines down and the power outages. It's a get tool to have and have the Citizen Sign-Up which is free.







IS-775, EOC Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations 
I did on 14th April 2011


Links below are from the above course

This course mentions ARES-RACES Amateur Radio Disaster Services- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and EOC communications.

It has pdf files "great to have on file as a small library at your local EOC" on Resource Management Assessments-Acquisition of Alternate Facilities Worksheet-Radio Communications Capability Worksheet-Checklist for Identifying and Protecting Response Information-Critical Information Worksheet-EOC Activation Checklist-EOC Activation Levels-EOC Design and Layout Checklist-EOC Physical Configuration Checklist:Considerations for Improvements-"GO"Kit Checklist




















Other great reference materials



FEMA Fact Sheet Hurricanes Unleashing Nature's Fury

Be Red Cross Ready Power Outage Checklist







I believe that some of the information in IS-102.C: Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA Response Partners
Lesson 2: Pre-Deployment and Check-In
Could be used if your going to be going to your local EOC Emergency Operations Center to work as a volunteer during a natural and or man made disaster as mention 
Personal Go-Kit
Common Personal Items for Deployment

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut was the lead operational communicator From Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene and The 2011 Halloween nor'easter, "Snowtober" and "Storm Alfred". And Hurricane Sandy 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo 2013, At the Town of Ridgefield, CT Emergency Operations Center Amateur Radio Room KR1COM I kept in communications contact with amateur radio communications ARES nets CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) nets and other amateur radio communication nets and also HF nets and check in with individual amateur radio operators I kept in radio check in with State of Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s (DEMHS) Region 5 and also communications log in with WebEOC as well. I kept monitoring the local fire department and police department frequencies as well. I had log many long hours and days during these storms. I was able to take breaks and have two other Amateur Radio Ham Radio Operators helping to man the communications amateur radio ham radio room. W1JMA John and also K3SOC Paul.


WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball Hurricane Irene Tropical Storm Irene 2011 

CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES)Ham Radio Station KR1COM at the Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut EOC Emergency Operations Center 





Amateur Radio Emergency Service Tropical Storm Irene Hurricane Irene Town Of Ridgefield,CT Page WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011


Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS at the controls of Ridgefield EOC Emergency Operations Center KR1COM Amateur Radio Ham Radio Station 


Please note that the time and date are coming off the memory card and might be off a little

Picture info August 29th 2011 12:23 pm


Welcome to our Amateur Radio Ham Radio Shack aka "The Cage" during Hurricane Irene


Picture info August 29th 2011 6:20:01 am

You might be able to see on the computer screen

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene 2011 At the Town of Ridgefield, CT Emergency Operations Center Amateur Radio Room KR1COM

Picture info August 29th 2011 6:20:14 am


Thomas' home away from home set up on a shelter cot sleeping bag and shelter blanket and pillows I brought from home for 3 night stay 
Picture info August 29th 2011 11:01:32 pm
 Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS 1998 Saturn Station Wagon SW2 that was there in the same spot for 4 days and 3 nights.
Picture info August 29th 2011 1:32:50
Please click to see the
Prospect Street Road Closed Power Lines down. Crews working hard to clear the down trees and Restore the Power Lines back up

Picture info August 29th  2011 1:18:45

American Red Cross Disaster Services and Shelter was set up at the Town of Ridgefield Yanity Gym. Many thanks goes to the American Red Cross for providing food and other supplies to us. 

Picture info Aug 30th, 2011 5:47:08

 WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball The 2011 Halloween nor'easter, "Snowtober" and "Storm Alfred"
 Nor'easter Alfred Winter Snow Storm Alfred October 2011. 
CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES)Ham Radio Station KR1COM at the Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut EOC Emergency Operations Center 


Picture info October 30th 2011 5:33:55 am

Picture info October 30th 2011 8:00:16 am

Picture info October 30th 2011 10:25:53 pm

Picture info October 31th 2011 5:38:45


Picture info November 1st 2011 7:13:54 pm

Picture info November 1st 2011 7:42:55 pm

 Picture info November 1st 2011 7:43:12 pm

Picture info November 1st 2011 7:43:57 pm

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball Hurricane Sandy 2012 "Superstorm Sandy"

CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES)Ham Radio Station KR1COM at the Town Of Ridgefield, Connecticut EOC Emergency Operations Center


You might be able to see on the computer screen


 Picture info October 30th 2012 5:34:17 am

 Picture info October 31th 2012 5:14:47am


 Picture info October 31th 2012 7:57:13 am

 Picture info October 31th 2012 8:10:29 pm

Picture info November 1st 2012 4:35:01pm

Picture info October 31th 2012 7:21:21 pm  South - ADEC: Harlan Ford, W1QH Visiting KR1COM Hurricane Sandy 2012 "Superstorm Sandy"


Picture info November 3rd 2012 3:42:41 pm



A collection of photos, Hurricane Sandy Ridgefield, Connecticut Recovers with help with it's volunteers, CERT Community Emergency Response Team, Ridgefield Boy Scout Troops,The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) Region 5, emergency shelter at the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation, 


Connecticut National Guard 250th out of New London, CT and 192nd out Stratford,CT, Mr. Robert Alicea, Ridgefield Little League/Babe Ruth Baseball concession stand ( old high school ) who help to feed the volunteers, And Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) Northeast Utilities, And others from out of State such as Black & Mcdonald Inc located at Kansas City, MO. As well as other volunteers helping to work the POD Points of Distribution of critical supplies like water,ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and tarps. Thank You to All The Volunteers


Picture info November 3rd 2012 8:35:16 Connecticut National Guard 250th out of New London, CT and 192nd out Stratford,CT,


Picture info November 2nd 2012 10:12:18 am Connecticut National Guard 250th out of New London, CT and 192nd out Stratford,CT, deliver critical supplies like water, ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and tarps for our  POD Points of Distribution

Real-Time Logistics Commodity Point of Distribution Hurricane Sandy 2012 Ridgefield, Connecticut


Mr. Robert Alicea, Ridgefield Little League/Babe Ruth Baseball concession stand ( old high school ) who help to feed the volunteers, Thank You for doing that :)

Picture info November 2nd 2012 10:06 am 



 Picture info November 5th  2012 4:35:01pm The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) Region 5, emergency shelter



Then the Disaster Logistics Training - CT DEMHS Region 5 Regional Logistics Program Thursday, April 25, 2013 Woodbury, CT 
Regional Logistics Program NY-NJ-CT-PA



At the last CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) Monthly Meeting November 2013 we had as one of the topics - subjects “Just In Time Training” 
Well I had searched and came up with 

Disaster Resistant Communities Group presents "Just In Time Disaster Training - Library"

The purpose of this on-line video library is to provide a single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access Just In Time Disaster Training videos. The videos found in this library cover disaster related mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training for a wide variety areas.



From there website
Essential online disaster training for America's communities

The Disaster Resistant Communities Group LLC has created this powerful internet application to assist in the development, facilitation and evaluation of tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises that are compliant with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines.

Operation Hard Luck - A Hurricane Response Exercise
Utilizing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)  and others.





Formidable Footprint Project
A team of national, regional, state and local agencies and organizations have undertaken an effort to develop, conduct and evaluate a recurring series of disaster exercises entitled “Formidable Footprint”.



"Formidable Footprint" This series of exercises serves as an opportunity for governmental agencies along with community and faith based organizations to assess their capability to prepare for respond to and recover from a variety of natural disasters which affect communities and neighborhoods 

There is NO CHARGE to participate in one or several of the neighborhood exercises 




Please see the drop down bar in which you will see Past exercise participants have included teams from the following Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services Community Emergency Response Amateur Radio Emergency Services Fire Departments Police Departments


This series of exercises serves as an opportunity for community and faith based organizations along with governmental agencies to assess their capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a variety of natural disasters which affect communities and neighborhoods across the United States.




The Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative provides  America's health system, including hospital, health care providers / organizations and public health agencies with a comprehensive approach for assessing various disaster preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.


The Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative Featured Exercises Hospital Active Shooter Public Health Disaster Recovery Point of Dispensing

FEMA independent study courses on hurricanes






Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments, Participant Guide March 2014 can been see by going to the Document Library of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, Honolulu, HI Site.




Emergency Management Training For Public Works


These new courses mentions the following:
Under local damage assessment response team.

Firefighters 
Amateur radio operators 
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) representatives 

Collection and Documentation of Information-damage assessment response teams,

amateur radio volunteers, 
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
first responders,

Tools-Equipment

digital camera with built-in GPS that can stamp each photo with the date, time, and precise location where it was taken

safety briefing-pre-deployment briefing include:

Weather forecast 
Known or expected hazards 
Cautionary statements regarding being properly hydrated, using seat belts, etc. Any personal protective requirements such as use of safety shoes, reflective vests, hats or helmets, sunscreen, layered clothing, etc. 
Identification requirements 
Use of vehicle lights/warning lights as needed 
Communications plan 
Any other issues specific to the area 

Also Mentioned:

Critical Incident Stress Management(CISM)




I wanted to share, Please click to see the OnTheMap for Emergency Management

OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to easily retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.





Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS 
Hurricane Sandy Resources and Tools Collection Oct-Dec 2012




Crisis Maps from Google.org Crisis Response Team





The Google Crisis Response team has assembled a Hurricane Sandy map to help you track the storm’s progress and provide updated emergency information. 

Google Person Finder helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.








Two screen shots in which the NY-DHSES NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services staff and the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) was well represented in the videos of the IS-772 Individual Assistance ( IA). Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) Orientation   IS-772: IA PDA Orientation Course



  Stakeholder Toolkit. 2014 Workplace Preparedness Campaign.






"It Started Like Any Other Day" 


You never know when disaster will strike. Neither did Chantel, Abby, or Adam. Meet three survivors from three recent natural disasters: Hurricane Sandy; the Moore, Oklahoma tornado; and the Poinsettia Wildfire outside of San Diego. Watch their stories and then log on to www.ready.gov/prepare for more information on what you can do to prepare you and your family. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare. #PrepareAthon

America's PrepareAthon! page for the State of Connecticut





The FEMA Private Sector Division has released a new tabletop exercise focused on whole community preparedness. The Whole Community: Planning for the Unthinkable Tabletop Exercise” is a great resource that fits well with the Citizen Corps mission of involving all sectors and populations in preparedness activities. This downloadable Tabletop Exercise (TTX) is an interactive exercise, complete with accompanying facilitator’s notes and scripted video injects. It allows organizations to look at the first 72 hours of a response to a catastrophic disaster and brainstorm innovative ways to fill critical gaps in both internal and community emergency management plans. In addition to examining immediate response capabilities, the exercise modules focus specifically on the areas of crisis communications and search and rescue.

IS-921.A: Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience





Welcome to the Protection and Resilience Toolkit for local and regional critical infrastructure owners and operators.

 Exercise Planning 

Tips for Running a Successful Tabletop Exercise
Planning a Tabletop Exercise: When and Where Will the Exercise Occur?
Using Scenarios in Tabletop Exercises
Advanced Emergency Management Exercise Scenarios















Disaster Scenario Exercise for Organizational Planning Major Hurricane w/ Coastal and Inland Flooding & Tornadoes FEMA 2010. EXERCISE EXERCISE

Disaster Scenario Exercise for Community Planning. Critical Power Failure. FEMA 2011. EXERCISE. EXERCISE. EXERCISE .


Emergency Planning Exercises Emergency Planning Exercises for your Organization



Training Materials page of the National Community Emergency Response Team CERT website or at the links below and start planning for your next supplemental training  today.

CERT Emergency Communications  
 In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) the role of CERT in communications during an activation; 2) how to use a communications plan; 3) the use of different communication modes and strategies; and, 4) how to use communication devices.  https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6223
CERT Exercise Swaps
This module includes two four-hour units to train CERT teams to design and conduct exercises for each other.  CERT members will learn: 1)  FEMA exercise guidance and HSEEP concepts; 2) criteria for well-designed CERT exercises; 3) steps and documents used in designing and conducting an exercise; and, 4) challenges and smart practices for conducting a CERT exercise.  Participants will begin the exercise swap design process as part of the course work. https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6361
CERT Firefighter Rehab
This four-hour module trains CERT members to safely set up and perform the non-medical functions of firefighter rehabilitation.  CERT members will learn:  1) the definition of and need for firefighter rehab; 2) the physiological threats to firefighters; 3) an overview of what happens at the scene of a fire; and, 4) how CERT members set up and what they do in the rehab area.  https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6360
Flood Response for CERTs
This four-hour module will train CERT members to: 1) relate CERT Basic Training skills to flood response; 2) identify a flood and the dangers of working around floodwaters; 3) work safely and efficiently with sandbags; and, 4) construct a sandbag barrier correctly.  https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6359
CERT Tools for Leadership Success
In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) how CERT Basic Training concepts relate to leadership; 2) the characteristics, skills and responsibilities of team leaders, and how leaders and team members interact; 3) different styles of leadership and how they apply to CERT situations; and, 4) examples of how CERT leaders run successful team operations.  https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6225
CERT Traffic and Crowd Management
 In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) how CERT Basic Training skills relate to crowd and traffic management; 2) effective communication strategies to direct traffic and crowds; 3) crowd management skills and how to put together a basic crowd management plan; and, 4) using traffic control devices to safely manage traffic in various situations and how to put together a basic traffic management plan.   https://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6358







To see the above screenshot info on ICTAP Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools and to see the new DHS Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG)  and the current National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) please goto Public Safety Tools (OEC/ICTAP) and OEC/ICTAP Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools Overview



The Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) is a new reference for auxiliary communicators who directly support backup emergency communications for State/local public safety entities or for an Amateur Radio organization supporting public safety.
Would be nice if able to get a hard copy of the The Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG)