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. 










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


Disabled Adult finishes almost every Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)-Distance Learning Online Course

The learning disabilities struggles and disabilities I have are lifelong., As mine began by going to school in 1976 at an Easter Seal School Miami, Florida School.,



Since and because of my learning disabilities and in special education classes throughout my childhood, Easter Seal School Miami, Florida, Perrine Baptist Academy in Miami, Fla, 1971-1979 Redding Elementary School, ReddingConnecticut
 John Read Middle School, ReddingConnecticut 1979-1983 International School of Paris, France 1984-1986 and Joel Barlow High School ReddingConnecticut. 1987-1989,





I am posting this to share and let people know that people with disabilities can help out and volunteer in there community. And to share what one is doing in there community.  

A person with disabilities, Invisible Disabilities/not immediately apparent disabilities finishes about 98% of all the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP) Distance Learning Online Courses.

I was unable to get into and colleges and or Universities due to entry exams and the degree of my learning disabilities . So today I try and do as many free online courses I can to do better and volunteer and be able to maybe help others in the community., Most of what I have done can be seen by seeing the below.,Most but not all of the free online courses offers A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) I have been taking these 

As a person with Invisible Disabilities, not immediately apparent disabilities with very limited fixed income.It is better to be poor and try your best to help and to be able to help others with or without disabilities. As I having dyslexia reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.

My Joel Barlow High School Redding, CT 1989 High School Diploma. In what I was at the maximum age to stay in high school 19 or 20 then in 1989. I had repeated a grade or two but some of my skills where still below at 10th grade in 1989.

I was unable to get into and colleges and or Universities due to not able to pass entry exams and the degree of my learning disabilites. Even with this I was never able to pass the ASVAB  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test in which I had taken many times. I was told this was at a 10th grade level.



I was unable to get into and colleges and or Universities due to entry exams and the degree of my learning disabilites . So today I try and do as many free online courses I can to do better and volunteer and be able to maybe help others in the community., Most of what I have done can be seen by seeing the below.,Most but not all of the free online courses offers A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) I have been takening these courses becuase of my volunteer areas and becuase of personal interest. Maybe one day I might be able to find an online course to get ahead with maybe get a college and or university degree in emergency management if I can pass all the requirements to pass the entry exam.

WA8UNS was my father's call sign in 1966. 

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 and my interest in Emergency Management. 
I have taken alot of courses yes as when I first started I can remember that if you want to play and or be apart of something you must have a certain amount of Emergency Management Institute - FEMA Independent Study Program and or you can not take part

So I decided I would take and do as much as I possibility could do without burning myself out. It’s like trying to break the learning barrier in my education and training as to challenge myself in some of these courses. As I had written earlier in my blog about  Working to Get Children with Physical Disabilities “Off the Sidelines and into the Game” from  Disability.Blog and in this case into the Game to me is helping out during a manmade and or natural disaster in helping my local and or region community.

As a person with Invisible Disabilities, not immediately apparent disabilities I having dyslexia reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.

As who would know where I would be today if not able to get my Amateur Radio Ham Radio License. 

 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 30 November 2013 I have been working on these for years now since around 2007 and an ongoing project since getting my Amateur Radio Ham Radio License in 05/30/2007  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 

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

Course Title

--- FEMA EMI Professional Development Series PDS in Emergency Management Certificate Of Achievement



WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield,Connecticut wanted to share that he thinks that he is one or two things short of finishing the FEMA EMI Professional Continuity Practitioner Continuity Excellence Series Level I. Professional Continuity Practitioner - Emergency Management Institute


I'm not sure will be able to take the E and G requirements in house/in state/ On-Campus to finish/complete everything listed. A person learning disabilities, Invisible Disabilities/not immediately apparent disabilities with very limited income and an old 1998 Saturn SW2 not sure if I could drive all the way to Emmitsburg, MD 

I have done everything I can online for this. Please see my certificates below. Some of my certificates are old and do not have the .a or.b after them so might have to review/refresh one or two of them. 

The only course for the above it appears I’m missing E/L/G 550: COOP Planner’s T-t-T Workshop or L 552: Continuity of Operations for Tribal Government Course


  • IS-100 IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System, I-100 or IS-100.a or IS-100.b: Intro to Incident Command System (ICS) or ICS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) or ICS 200 or IS-200.b:  Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Below is what I currently have to hopefully one day fulfill for the Advanced Professional Series (APS) Advanced Professional Series - Emergency Management Institute


Required Courses
IS775 EOC Management and Operations IS-775 EOC Management and Operations
Elective Courses 
IS703 - NIMS Resource Management, IS-703 NIMS Resource Management







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


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 




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. 

disabilities sense of belonging in community service is very important to me.


 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, And unfortunately had to sell my handheld recently my Yaesu VX-8R to help pay for car repairs., Due to limited income., (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





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 :)





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.,


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 PEARL K2PUT.

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 Disabilites handicap part of the race and the great effort and challanges 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.,




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 ING 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



 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.

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 4 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


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.





Helping to sign people up for the CT Alert Connecticut Emergency Alerting and Notification System




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


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


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 ?






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


CT SKYWARN Operations Manual - Connecticut Skywarn



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. 






G271 – Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness G-271 Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness in ValhallaNY November 2013

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 visiting inside the American Red Cross Emergency Communication Truck ARC Communications Response Vehicle (CRV)  Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV)



 Thomas WA8UNS posing next to an US Army Weapons of Mass Destruction SCR Special Communications Requirements Truck., Civil Support Team (CST)  blue truck called a Unified Command Suite UCS vehicle 
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.,
  

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


 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) 

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. 

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



Area Command Operating Cycle Logistics Activities









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






Connecticut Ham Radio Amateur Radio Region 5 State Connecticut of
Nor'easter Alfred Winter Storm Alfred October 2011 KR1COM Amateur
Radio Communications Room at the Town Of Ridgefield,CT Connecticut EOC
Emergency Operations Center.

A special note that my own personal computer system crashed once the
power went out so posting to my blog via the Town Of Ridgefield
Library. wrote this on Nov 8th 2011 and still a little tired from
all.,

I had spent two nights at the Town Of Ridgefield,CT Connecticut EOC
Emergency Operations Center. And then was lucky to get my power back
on since lived in the center of town., So able to sleep in my own bed
but went back to EOC for days following to man the communications
amateur radio ham radio room., Even helping with faxes and other
things as well.

All of the volunteers of the Town Of Ridgefield,CT Connecticut and
professional people did an excellent job during this Nor'easter
Alfred Winter Storm Alfred October 2011.

We had two other Amateur Radio Ham Radio Operators helping to man the
communications amateur radio ham radio room. W1JMA John and also K3SOC
Paul.

We had also Ridgefield,CT Connecticut CERT Community Emergency
Response Team Personal as well taking phone calls ( our phone banks ) in the EOC from
town residents reporting information to us.,

We had other personal helping out with the Emergency Shelter & Warming
Center first at the Yanity Gym then at the Ridgefield Connecticut
Parks and Recreation Center.

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.






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 4 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 coures I have taken a new experience.









Special Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene Update:

In the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene in the eastern United States, many of you are likely immersed 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.










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




















































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













FEMA Fact Sheet Hurricanes Unleashing Nature's Fury




Be Red Cross Ready Power Outage Checklist








The Homeland Security: Preparedness, Response & Recovery Activities & Programs Page







Here are a few pictures of WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball at KR1COM Amateur
Radio Communications Room at the Town Of Ridgefield,CT Connecticut EOC
Emergency Operations Center. From Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene and Nor'easter Alfred Winter Snow Storm Alfred October 2011. And Hurricane Sandy 2012 



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


 Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS 1998 Saturn Station Wagon SW2 that was there in the same spot for 4 days and 3 nights.
Prospect Street Road Closed Power Lines down. Crews working hard to clear the down trees and Restore the Power Lines back up

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. 

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


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



 CT REGION 5 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES REGION 5) 

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball was the lead operational communicator From Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Irene and Nor'easter Alfred Winter Snow Storm Alfred October 2011. 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 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 fequencies as well. Many hours where done there during these storms.

WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball's Home away from home mobile bed in Ridgefield,Connecticut KR1COM EOC Emergency Operations Center Radio Room during Hurricane Sandy


WA8UNS Thomas Q Kimball's Night Time Early Morning Operations Home away from home mobile bed in Ridgefield,Connecticut KR1COM EOC Emergency Operations Center Radio Room during Hurricane Sandy



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









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

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


About the NSA shirts in the photos ( About me I am also a Army and Navy Brat as born July 1969 my father was a US Army Signal Corps Officer with the US Army Security Agency Support Group out of Ft Meade, Md. We had a TDY at Ft Hood, TX 69-70 for MASSTER US Mobile Army Sensor System Test Evaluation and Review SurveillanceTarget Acquisition and Night Observation STANO. Then back to Ft Meade for the National Security Agency NSA 70-71. After that we moved to Miami, Fla for the ONR Office Of Naval Research 71-79. The work for ONR Office of Naval Research took my father to US Naval Facility NAVFAC Eleuthera and NAVFAC Bermuda. )



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"
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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.







FEMA independent study courses on hurricanes





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)







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





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.


Emergency Planning Exercises for Your Organization For Hurricanes

Scenarios

Download the Whole Community: Planning for the Unthinkable Tabletop Exercise 2012

FEMA Critical Power Failure Tabletop Exercise (PDF 31.5MB, TXT 15KB)
  • Notes – FEMA Critical Power Failure Tabletop Exercise (PDF 1.5 MB , TXT 35KB)
FEMA Hurricane Tabletop Exercise (ZIP, 62MB)

Tabletop Exercise
  • 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.
After Hurricane Sandy I went down to New Jersey where some of my friends live and saw the damage that hurricane sandy caused first hand . Hurricane Sandy damage New Jersey. You learn about Hurricanes in the two courses I mention above but to see it.



Recently on July 28th 2013 I went down with my girlfreind  to see the The Sandy Castle on Jenkinson's Beach, Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey. In front of Jenkinson's Aquarium, The Sandy Castle Foundation. To Benefit Superstorm Sandy Victims, It was nice to see our friend Norm Rudolph volunteering there.

Some Photos 




Disability.gov Hurricanes – Learn How To Protect Yourself. emergency.cdc.gov