california-wildfires-prepperWe talk about a prepper podcast medical training weekend run by Kevin Reiter, Sam Bradley, and Kyle Nelson on this week’s episode. Before we get to that, we touch on the weather of the week with a review of Hurricane Nate and the Wildfire situation in northern California.

After the weather and fire updates, the team transitions into a look at a training weekend run by Kevin Reiter from WildSafety.com. He invited Sam and Kyle in to train a group of prepper podcasters and their listener community. The prepper podcasters included SurvivalistPrepper.net and Mind4Survival.com.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Chief Greg CassellI just watched an amazing and informative press conference with the chief of Clark County FD, Greg Cassell. He related some information I had not heard from other channels that primarily focused on the police response to the event.

Their response started mere seconds after the gunfire started when an engine (Engine 11), returning to the station after an MVA, was passing by the concert venue. The sound of gunfire was noted and the officer in charge called in to dispatch just as wounded and fleeing concert-goers flooded into the street around them.

Here’s the press conference in full. Read on below for more of my notes.

In addition to relating the series of events from the fire department’s perspective, Chief Cassell also said much of what Jim Logan stressed in our episode earlier this week on the tragic events of Sunday night and Monday morning. The Las Vegas area fire departments and specifically Clark County FD’s hard work and training between other local agencies paid off.

Cassell said, “If this had happened 10 years ago, I can tell you many more people would have died.”

He also said that they never had a chance to set up a traditional transport staging area because as the responding EMS and fire units came in from all directions, they encountered fleeing victims spreading out blocks away from the venue. The responders’ training allowed them to improvise and stop where they were to begin care and stop patients at their locations. This meant multiple first-in units set up incident mass casualty treatment locations rather than a single event triage area.

Also of note, the overall joint task force ended up with SIXTEEN police/EMS task force units (2 PD officers and 3-4 Fire/EMS personnel each). They spread out to contact and secure patients and fleeing concert goers around the city sheltering in locations where there were reports of other shooters and wounded from the concert. These people were all in various surrounding hotels and venues away from the concert location. In total, there were 170+ total FD and EMS personnel in the response and transport of patients from the event.

Chief Cassell repeatedly said that in recent years they trained alongside PD and other area fire departments and agencies as if an attack on their city was a “when” not an “if” event. He was frank about how he’d presented on what they’d done to prepare at various conferences over the years and received a lukewarm response. He also said he believed his departments’s AAR (after action report) of this event’s response would lead to new standards across the country. (More of what our Jim Logan alluded to in the recent episode.)

You can check out our episode for more of our thoughts at the link below:

http://disasterpodcast.com/2017/10/las-vegas-active-shooter/

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active shooter police swatIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we look at the early response to the Las Vegas active shooter incident on October 1st. At the time of this recording, the death toll was 59 with 527 people injured. The injured had injuries ranging from gunshot wounds, to trampling, to reports of one individual struck by a motor vehicle. On the show this week are Kyle Nelson our disaster social media expert and weather expert, Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group, and co-host Sam Bradley.

Las Vegas and the surrounding community of first responders headed toward the sound of the guns, managing hundreds of dead and severely wounded patients. In addition to fire, police and EMS units treating and transporting patients, many of the patients were transported to local hospitals by civilian vehicles or walked in on their own.

Dr. Joe Holley points out how hospitals today have very little surge capacity from day to day. To receive hundreds of seriously injured patients over the course of a few hours would be devastating to staff and patients alike.

Training and ongoing system-wide protocols and procedures may have made a difference in the handling and outcomes for patients and responders alike. Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group talks about the national discussion about the proper response to active shooter incidents. Some systems continue to resist changes to the nationally accepted best practices based on the hard lessons learned during these active shooter situations.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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mosquito illness and disaster deploymentOn today’s show, we bring together the team to discuss what kinds of threats and illnesses responders might be exposed to during a disaster deployment or experience after returning from a deployment to a disaster zone. Dr. Joe Holley talks with the rest of the team, including co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley, plus our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson.

Infectious Diseases & Disaster Deployment

Joe talks about how the toxic soup that major floodwaters contain carries all sorts of infectious disease sources. DengueChikungunya, Zika, and other insect-borne illnesses are common in the weeks after major storms in the south. The large areas of sitting water tend to be ready breeding grounds for mosquitoes in these areas.

Kyle brings up questions about self-treating or prophylactically treating yourself with antibiotics. Joe points out that the broad variety of unusual bacteria likely to be found in flood waters require special attention to which drugs are used to treat infections.

Most of the illnesses seen by responders tend to be rashes and other skin issues related to exposure to things mold, chemicals, and other irritants stirred up by the storm and flood waters. Joe points out that there are things you can do to protect yourself and to make sure you aren’t doing things that negatively impact your immune system. Maintaining hydration and mitigating the exertion stress of rescue activities will help alleviate some of these concerns.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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A World Full of Disasters – Hurricane Maria and Beyond with the Disaster Podcast Team. Kyle Nelson gives our weather update for the podcast. He starts with a look at the remnants of Tropical Storm Jose off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. He then transitions to a recap of the damage from Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean including direct hits on Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Catastrophic damage is recorded on all the islands mentioned.

EMS World Americas in Bogota, Columbia

EMS Chief Juan Cardona

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We then bring on a special recorded segment with Chief Juan Cardona from Coral Springs Fire Rescue in Coral Springs, Florida. Juan has organized a special South American EMS World Conference for communities there. Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group were invited to come in to the conference in Bogota, Columbia with their special cadaveric training programs and teach about mechanics of cardiac arrest.

We wrap up the episode with a recap of what U.S. disaster response units are doing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. There is a full deployment of a Federal Incident Support Team (IST) as well as USAR and DMAT teams in the islands.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hurricane Maria? To kick off the show today, we have our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson (@WxKyleNelson) to talk about the weather update. Hurricane Maria hit the island of Dominica after going from a category 1 storm to a category 5 in just fifteen hours.

Atlantic Hurricanes’ Widespread Impacts

Hurricane Maria and JoseAlso, Hurricane Jose is still meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean and causing tropical storm force winds off the coast of Massachusetts. Host Jamie Davis likens it to a visiting family member who visits for a weekend and is still living on your couch and drinking your beer three weeks later.

Maria has imminent impacts in the Caribbean with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico awaiting landfall Wednesday morning September 20th. Numerous assets from Federal disaster response teams are staged in Puerto Rico ready for the storm’s arrival.

As always, use the U.S. National Hurricane Center for updates and the most complete and accurate information on storms at Hurricanes.gov.

Mexico City Earthquake on Sept 19th

In addition to the Hurricanes, there was also a 7.1 magnitude earthquake reported in central Mexico 75 miles south of Mexico City. At the time we recorded the episode 116 people were reported dead by officials in the capital. That death toll is over 200 at the time of podcast release on Wednesday morning September 20th.

An alarming video of building collapse during the quake.

Disaster Podcast Team at Upcoming Conferences

Also on the show were Jim Logan and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. They are preparing to travel out to Bogota, Columbia for the international EMS World conference to share their expertise in disaster planning and management. We’ll have a special episode upcoming soon with some special guests from that conference.

Also, watch for the Disaster Podcast team in Las Vegas for the upcoming EMS World Expo conference there in October. If you’re planning to attend, make sure you stop by the Podcast Studio in booth 721 at that event. We’d love to see you come on by and say Hello.

Remembering Dr. Christopher J. Bosche

On a somber note, Joe and Jim share the loss of a fellow USAR member who died recently of a 9/11 related illness. Dr. Christopher J. Bosche was a dear friend of Joe Holley and Jim Logan. They worked with him at numerous disaster responses including during the Katrina response.

Dr. Chris Bosche was remembered by Jim and Joe as inspirational and hard-working in his dedication to disaster response with Missouri’s USAR team. He worked at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 attacks and contracted his cancer during that deployment.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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hurricane-harvey-flooded-cityIn this episode, we look at the weather remnants of Hurricane Irma and the final tally of flooding and wind damage across the southeastern United States. We then pivot and return to Texas to look at the recovery and rebuilding efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

On the show this week are Kyle Nelson, our disaster weather expert; B.J. Schneider, author, paramedic, and Katrina survivor; and Kevin Reiter from WildSafety.com. Kevin and B.J. both had experiences to relate regarding the recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

Kevin worked to rebuild critical networking infrastructure in Rockport, Texas as he rewired police, fire department, and other important structures to return internet capabilities to the cities first responders and 911 center. B.J. has been cycling plant safety professionals into east Texas to give local safety experts an opportunity to tend to their personal affairs.

More From Hurricane Harvey & Irma Response

We will be bringing you more special updates from our deployed Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

 

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Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsIn this special follow-up episode on the Federal response to Hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean Islands. We have Dr. Joe Holley on in his role on the Federal IST (Incident Support Team) and Sam Bradley with her JPATS deployment.

We touch on the fact that regular response still happens on top of the disaster needs. Joe and the IST ended up being called upon to assist in the response to a cardiac arrest inside their hotel because local responders had a delayed response because of the increased call volume.

More Episodes From Hurricane Irma Response

We will be bringing you more special updates from our deployed Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Hurricane Irma Sunday TrackIn this special episode, we have Dr. Joe Holley on to talk about the deployments and outlook on the ground from the incident support team (IST) inbound to southern Florida on Sunday afternoon (9/10). Also on the show is Kyle Nelson our disaster weather expert with an update the progress of Hurricane Irma as it tracks up the west coast of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico.

Joe looks at the broad federal response for Hurricane Irma from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico and, of course, Florida as the storm hits the mainland today (Sunday, 9/10). Kyle provides an overview of the forecast and the hazards associated with this storm.

More Episodes to Come From Irma Response

We will be bringing you more special updates from our deployed Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.


Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Hurricane Irma Before U.S. LandfallAs Hurricane Irma bears down on the south Florida coast, key members of the disaster podcast team are readying to deploy or already deployed for response in Florida and possibly in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We check in with Sam Bradley as she prepares to deploy for the Irma response and hear about Dr. Joe Holley deploying with the IST (Incident Support Team) north of Florida.

Our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, gives us the latest update on Hurricane Irma and he, Sam, and Jamie talk extensively about the specific hazards associated with this particular storm. Kyle points out that for those who say they’ve been through other hurricanes, every storm is different in its dangers and specific impacts.

Hurricane Irma Restrengthens to Category 5

Hurricane Irma IntensifiesOvernight, after we recorded this episode, Irma upgraded to a category 5 storm again with sustained winds above 160 miles per hour. The storm’s track also seems to be solidifying with impact and track running from the area of Key West and running up the gulf coast of Florida. Kyle points out the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico may serve to fuel the strength of the storm for a longer, stronger duration.

We may have a short check-in with Dr. Joe Holley in a mini-episode later tonight (Saturday 9/9/17) so check back using your podcast app to see if a new episode has been added. If not, we’ll have a look at the aftermath of the storm with Kyle and Jamie early next week. We may even have some remote reports from the field from Sam and Joe. Stay tuned!

More Episodes to Come From Irma Response

We will be bringing you more special updates from our deployed Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.


Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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