American Red Cross The mission statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Its history began when Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, inspired by the gobal Red Cross Network. It was Barton who campaigned for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the Red Cross Network, rather than concentrating on wartime relief efforts
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention History for this site began "On July 1, 1946 the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) opened its doors and occupied one floor of a small building in Atlanta. Its primary mission was simple yet highly challenging: prevent malaria from spreading across the nation. Armed with a budget of only $10 million and fewer than 400 employees, the agency’s early challenges included obtained enough trucks, sprayers, and shovels necessary to wage war on mosquitoes....Today, CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Serves and is recognized as the nation’s premiere health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agencies."
Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service From the site: "For more than 200 years, men and women have served on the front lines of our nation’s public health in what is today called the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. The Commissioned Corps traces its beginnings back to the U.S. Marine Hospital Service protecting against the spread of disease from sailors returning from foreign ports and maintaining the health of immigrants entering the country. Currently, Commissioned Corps officers are involved in health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable populations, disease control and prevention, biomedical research, food and drug regulation, mental health and drug abuse services, and response efforts for natural and man-made disasters as an essential component of the largest public health program in the world."
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency Established in 1979, FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. The site helps to Plan, Prepare & Mitigate Before, During, & After a Disaster; Disaster Survivor Assistance; and Response & Recovery.
Homeland Security The Department of Homeland Security secures the nation from such threats as terrorism, domestic terrorism, human trafficking, cybersecurity, immigration enforcement, and disasters. DHS combined 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated cabinet agency when it was established in 2002.
NCDP: National Center for Disaster Preparedness Columbia University's Earth Institute posts the following mission statement: The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP focuses on the readiness of governmental and non-governmental systems; the complexities of population recovery; the power of community engagement; and the risks of human vulnerability, with a particular focus on children. Some topics are Ebola, hurricanes, and Children & Disasters.
San Antonio Office of Emergency Management he mission of the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.
Emergency Response Resources The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) gives a list of links to Personal Protective Equipment, including Respirators, Protective clothing, Skin exposures, Eye protection, and Hearing Protection. There is also a link to NIOSH's:
First Responder From Wikipedia: "A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers." There are also Certified First Responders, Community First Responders, and Wilderness First Responders.
First Responders Outlines the Mission of the First Responders Group (FRG): In close partnership with first responders at all levels, FRG identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards. Includes publications, First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP), events, news, grants and trainings, and a newsletter.
What is a Paramedic and a History of EMS A paramedic is a certified medical technician who operates under the license of a physician, one who is usually board certified in Emergency Medicine. EMS, Emergency Medical Services, has roots in ancient history when Greek and Egyptian armies transported injured soldiers by chariot, and Napoleon's French army created the first triage system to prioritize the wounded for treatment and transport. In the US, in 1966 a paper was issued which noted most civilian ambulance services were poorly equipped and trained. Thr 1966 paper is available next:
Earthquake Hazards Program Okay, so earthquake problems aren't necessarily a reality for San Antonio, but we did have a tremor that people on the 4th floor of this building felt. So, here are various handbooks on preparedness and earthquake drills. However, big surprise, see the next title!
Snake Bites MedlinePlus presents Causes (because the dang snake bit me!), Symptoms (I'm dying!), First Aid (Keep calm? Right ...), When to Contact a Medical Professional (Now!), Prevention (don't go outside ... ever). There, I believe I've covered the steps and my honest reaction to them.
Disaster Declarations for Texas List list consists of: Major Disaster Declarations: storms, explosions, wildfire, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, and once, in 1990, severe freeze. Emergency Declarations: explosion, tropic storms, hurricanes, wildfire, fires, and in 2003, loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. And finally, Fire Management Assistance Declarations.
GenDisasters.com Subtitled: Events that touched our ancestors' lives. You can browse by disaster, year, state, or by Canada. Includes newspapers articles about train wrecks, fires, floods, shipwrecks (not many in San Antonio), accidents, and other disasters. Disasters for San Antonio start on page 21.
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