From the monthly archives: "September 2017"

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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Hurricane IrmaIn this special mega double episode, we bring you a look at Harvey from our demobilized Federal team members, Dr. Joe Holley (from our sponsors Paragon Medical Education Group) and Sam Bradley. Then we talk about about what is to come as both podcast regulars prepare to head back out the door to get ready for the response to Hurricane Irma.

We start out this week’s special hurricane episode with a report from our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson on the THREE hurricanes present in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Of course, the most concerning is Hurricane Irma a monstrous category 5 hurricane with winds in the center sustained at 185 miles per hour.

Get updates on hurricanes at Hurricanes.gov.

How Hurricane Irma Got So Big

Kyle answers some questions regarding how tropical cyclones (hurricanes) are formed. He talks about water temperature, upper level wind structure, and the presence of a tropical wave weather disturbance as being the primary factors that influence the formation of a tropical storm or hurricane.

After Kyle’s weather update, we transitioned to talk with Dr. Joe Holley and co-host Sam Bradley about their recent deployment to the Houston, Texas area for the Hurricane Harvey aftermath. Joe was deployed with the federal incident support team (IST). Sam was deployed with the Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System (JPATS) team.

Challenges Finding Dry Land In Houston

Joe relates the challenges faced by the USAR teams just trying to find a dry place to stage their equipment. Several times they’d start setting up their IST command center only to have to quickly pack everything up when flood waters rose in their area and ended up flooding their location. On one occasion, their location was dry but they were surrounded by rapidly rising flood waters and unable to deploy until the water receded.

In the midst of this, they still managed to work with local, state, and federal resources to rescue tens of thousands of people from their flooded homes. Joe comments on the combination of the resilience of the local community to fend for themselves along with the highly trained and capable teams brought in from other areas.

Sam talks about her JPATS team to coordinate patient evacuation disposition to other facilities. Her team, newly formed, took a little time to get oriented to the task at hand but coordinated very well with Texas state resources. She remarks that as the team deploys for Irma, they will be much more prepared as a team for the task at hand.

Hurricane Irma and Spaghetti Models Explained

As the focus shifts to Hurricane Irma and it’s impacts in the Caribbean, Joe talks about the USAR challenges on the islands with destroyed buildings and infrastructure. That also translates back to what might happen along the coast of Florida or other areas.

Kyle jumps in and answers a question Sam has about what some people on the internet call “spaghetti models” of the proposed hurricane tracks. He talks about the need for the lay public to leave the modeling to the experts and focus on the National Hurricane Center cone they put out to depict the probable storm path.

Joe answers a question about how social media impacted the way rescue operations in Texas were implemented and may well signify a change that carries over to the Hurricane Irma response, too. He relates several occasions where using tagging on social media channels helped direct resources to specific calls for help in a given area. Here’s an article about the bolstered wireless infrastructure that helped with keeping people connected during and after Hurricane Harvey.

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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Tropical Depression - formerly Hurricane Harvey

courtesy of weather.gov

In this special episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have a focus on how social media impacted response to this disaster. Plus we have more reporting from the field in Texas in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath.

Harvey Update

We start out with an update on the situation on the ground in Texas and Louisiana following the second landfall of Harvey. Our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, shares the weather update on where the storm system was. Then Jim Logan, paramedic, and disaster USAR expert, joins us to talk about the impact of Harvey on cities upstream in the U.S. like Memphis.

Social Media and Hurricane Harvey

Kyle then takes us into our special discussion on how monitoring social media channels like Twitter and Facebook impacted the way local jurisdictions respond to disasters like this. Kyle shares his thoughts on tools to filter social media to a single locality like using location-based keywords. VOST (virtual operations support teams) also help. These are individuals organized at state or local levels, as well as international teams, to help monitor social media channels for situational monitoring and support.

Kyle is an educator on social media for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. This is a federally funded series of courses including a basic social media course and a course on Social Media Tools and Techniques for disaster planners. The courses are available to any local jurisdiction or community organization that wishes to learn how to utilize social media more effectively during major disaster events.

People can learn how to construct and push out official information on social media channels. These channels can be a good tool for agencies to disseminate information in real time at low cost.

As we wrap up, Kyle touches on mapping with tools like google maps to provide for collaborative mapping. He talks about the importance of paying attention to silence as well as the noise. Silence from an area can be an important sign of what might be happening in an area.

Acronym Glossary: We throw around acronyms on this show like they’re candy at Halloween. Here are a few we thought you’d want to know about from Sam’s upcoming deployment so you could understand what she’s going to be doing with patient tracking and disposition.

  • (USAR) Urban Search and Rescue
  • (JPATS) Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System
  • (DMIS) Disaster Medical Information System
  • (NDMS) National Disaster Management System
  • (IST) Incident Support Team
  • (VOST) Virtual Operations Support Team
  • (SAVI Team) National Weather Service version of VOST

More Episodes to Come From Houston

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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