Posts by: "jamie"

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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hurricane harveyWelcome to the first of a series of special Hurricane Harvey episodes here on the Disaster Podcast. For this historic disaster event, we have several team members who are hosts and regular guests on the show deploying with federal and state disaster assets to the Houston area.

Dr. Joe Holley is part of the Federal IST (See Glossary Below) deployed on the ground. He calls in to the show with a report while moving from one rescue scene to another in Houston on Tuesday 8/29. Our own co-host, Sam Bradley, will be deploying as part of a Federal JPATS team to assist with the disposition of patients transported out of the disaster area.

Hurricane Harvey Weather Update

We start tonight’s special episode with a report from Kyle Nelson our Disaster Weather Expert who talks about the sheer magnitude of this event. Called a 1,000-year storm by some experts, Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic rainfall and flooding in the central and northern Texas Gulf coastline and inland.

We then were lucky enough to bring Dr. Joe Holley on by cell phone from the ground in Houston where he was transitioning between two different operational scenes. Joe talks about the ongoing operations for rescue and recovery.

Sam Bradley Prepares to Deploy

Sam then discusses her planned assignment to a JPATS Team to deploy to the Texas/Louisiana area. Her role will focus on managing the disposition of patients from the area who will need ongoing medical care and have to be tracked when they’re sent off to other facilities in and out of state.

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.

  • (JPATS) Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System
  • (DMIS) Disaster Medical Information System
  • (NDMS) National Disaster Management System
  • (IST) Incident Support Team

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. We will also do a special episode on the role of social media in the disaster response with a special discussion with Kyle Nelson, who is also a disaster social media educator. Watch for that coming soon.

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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Dr Richard BradleyIn part two of this two-part episode, Dr. Richard Bradley shares some of the special needs for extended incidents like Katrina or the Oso, Washington mudslide incident. He talks about the needs for things like food for responders and safe food storage in a disaster setting. This means that IST managers have to have a good handle on all sorts of logistics from food needs to shelter and more for teams on the ground.

Kyle Nelson asks Rich about lessons learned at these major events. Rich shares the important lesson of treating exercises like real disaster events so you can have a handle on what you need to have everything in your kit. He also talks about the importance of training outside your discipline so you can not only be prepared for your own involvement in rescues but also to help you prepare to support others in other disciplines.

One of the most important things that Federal USAR and IST groups do is to engage in after action reports and “hot washes” right at the end of the incident to see where improvements can be implemented in future deployments. One of the common places that get dropped is the ongoing documentation needed by each team in their unit logs. It is the only permanent record of what happened deep inside the disaster incident.

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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Dr Richard Bradley

Dr Richard Bradley

We started off this episode with a look at the weather picture from the last few weeks from our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson. Kyle, along with Dr. Joe Holley, shared some of the preparations being made for the upcoming solar eclipse in states expecting a surge in population by eclipse watchers traveling to areas where the eclipse will be total in scope.

Kyle also shared some dramatic video and an article about a rescue helicopter situation in Austria. Check that out at the links here.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4757642/Dramatic-moment-rescue-helicopter-crashes-Austria-mountain.html

We are also joined by Dr. Richard Bradley from Texas Task Force One, one of the Federal Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR) spread around the country. There are 28 federal USAR teams around in the U.S. Above the USAR teams are three Incident Support Teams (IST) that provide overarching coordination and support between the federal teams and state and local resources.

Federal IST Disaster Response Structure

Rich shares his experiences deploying multiple times with either USAR or IST groups to disasters around the country. He talks about the Katrina disaster and the total collapse of local governments in and around the New Orleans area. He goes on to talk about the structure and mission of the USAR and IST groups that deploy into local jurisdictions.

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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Teal Brooks of Base Medical

Teal Brooks of Base Medical

Teal Brooks (@base_medical on Twitter) is our special guest on this week’s episode. She has a varied medical background starting with ski patrol, mountain rescue, pre-hospital paramedic, and eventually wilderness medical training entrepreneur in Europe. We talk with Teal about her background and explore the things she’s doing to teach wilderness medicine in other countries where systems of care are set up differently from what we are used to in the United States.

She starts by describing the key differences between what typical urban prehospital providers and wilderness providers see and deal with in their patients. Teal acknowledges that some healthcare professionals are not always prepared for the unique challenges seen in the wilderness setting. It takes a special mindset to adjust to wilderness medicine.

Kyle shares how his ski patrol experiences and training is akin to some of the methods and skills used by wilderness providers even though a ski resort is not a true back-country setting. Jamie shares his belief that remote settings with wilderness attributes can be found closer to many urban centers than you might think, such as when your patient is trapped in a setting were extrication is not easily available and the provider on scene must manage the patient for an extended time.

Teal spends some time talking about her business Base Medical. She describes its mission and shares the ways she has adapted her skills to running a business providing wilderness care education.

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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