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  • Joann Lavis
    no thank you i appreciate the info. To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.comFrom: stever@up-south.comDate: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:30:02 -0700Subject: [SoCalFire] IKe updates
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 12 6:19 PM
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      no thank you i appreciate the info.

      To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com
      From: stever@...
      Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:30:02 -0700
      Subject: [SoCalFire] IKe updates

      NOTE if this is too far off topic will stop posting this. Am just
      figuring that some of us have friends that are there,

      tx tf2
      Texas Task Force 2 returned to Reliant after a successful all night
      mission at the Beaumont Regional Airport. TF2, assisted by components of
      two FEMA USAR task forces, completed the evacuation of nearly 400
      special needs patients. Additionally, a nine member, special detail from
      TF2, returned late last night from Corpus Christi following the
      succesful completion of operation "Coastal Sweep". In that mission,
      technical search specialists from TF2 used GPS technology to locate high
      risk facilities and confirm the evacuation of special needs patients.
      Their mission required the use of several aircraft including C-130,
      KC-135, Blackhawk helicopters. The Task Force is now enforcing a
      rehabilitation period to ensure the troops are rested for the
      anticipated landfall of Ike", late tonight and early tomorrow. The
      overhead team is currently drawing up plans for Tf1 and TF2 to search
      Galveston Island after the storm. It is expected that we will lose
      cellular communication capabilities tonight and will have rely on our
      Sat phones for communications back to Dallas and the state operations
      center.

      tn tf1

      We remained on Alert Status today, which meant that we had to be ready
      to deploy within 1 hour. We thought that we might be requested to
      assist with evacuations in Galveston, but TX-TF1 handled this with other
      State assets. In addition to Galveston, they began evacuating several
      areas of Harris County, which is where Houston is. Our area was not
      under mandatory evacuation, but there are several other areas being
      evacuated. By watching the local news shows, it is obvious that there
      will be a fair bit of people that don't evacuate. These will be the
      people that we will have to conduct search and rescue operations for
      after the hurricane.

      This morning, we participated in a simple 9-11-01 service with CO-TF1,
      which is staying at the hotel with us. We are getting along real well
      with these folks from Denver, although they are having a little trouble
      getting used to the heat and humidity here. CO-TF1 worked at the World
      Trade Center after 9-11-01 while we were sent to the Pentagon, so it
      meant a lot to both of us. One of the advantages of the FEMA US&R
      System is getting to know and work with teams from across the Country.

      FEMA has activated 6 more US&R Task Forces (3 Type I and 3 Type III) and
      another IST to report to Louisiana to assist as needed. This will be in
      addition to the 9 Task Forces that we have here in Houston, as well as
      Texas Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two (a State US&R Task Force).
      The State of Texas has also requested several water rescue teams.

      We conducted some good overview training/roundtable s as some of our more
      experienced personnel gave pointers and discussed expected operations
      with the team. This proved to have some helpful interchange. One of
      the items that we discussed was the issue of pets. Pets were a big
      issue in Katrina, as most of the military aircraft wouldn't allow pets.
      FEMA has clarified their procedures regarding pets where we will try
      to help people take their pets with them. This will make it easier to
      talk them into evacuating. We also did more training on GPS. GPS
      become very beneficial when there are no road signs and landmarks (or
      the roads are under water) to help you find your way around. We have a
      lot of members very experienced with GPS and will have even more before
      the hurricane strikes. The training we are doing here is in addition to
      several GPS classes that all of us have to take before responding.

      We met with the IST to discuss projected operations for post-landfall.
      The preliminary plan is for TX-TF1 to handle the Galveston area, while
      the FEMA Task Forces here in Houston will work in 3 different areas
      (Divisions) of the coast area. Each Division will have a Type I
      (80-person) Task Force and 2 Type III (34-person) Task Forces. They are
      providing additional resources to each Division, including Forestry
      personnel with 4-wheel vehicles and boats, an ambulance strike team (5
      ambulances), possibly an ambulance bus (to carry large numbers of
      injured people), U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Guardsmen, and others. It is
      the intent to send us into our assigned areas as soon as the weather
      permits (less than 40 mph winds) after the hurricane goes through.
      Having been some of the first rescuers into New Orleans after Hurricane
      Katrina, it is wonderful to see the close working arrangements between
      the State of Texas and FEMA to allow us to have more resources and
      support to make quick entry to help the victims.

      Although the search areas will depend upon the actual path of the
      hurricane and reported damage, the preliminary location that they expect
      to have us work is the area where the Hurricane is projected to make
      landfall. This area has a notable population as well as a large amount
      of hazardous materials (Haz-Mat). There are a lot of chemical plants
      along the coast in this area. As a Type I Task Force, we are also a
      Haz-Mat/WMD Task Force, which means that we carry equipment and
      protective gear to allow us to conduct rescue operations in a Haz-Mat
      environment. Of our 80 members, 57 of them are Haz-Mat Technicians. I
      understand that FEMA recognized our advanced Haz-Mat capability when
      they asked us to work the areas that could experience more Haz-Mat.
      Interestingly, I have been in contact with my friend who is over the
      Dupont Haz-Mat Response Team in Memphis. He has informed me that Dupont
      has 4 Response Teams standing by in Texas with the intent of moving into
      their chemical plants after the Hurricane to make sure everything is
      okay. It makes me feel better knowing that these experts could be
      available to assist us, since they know their products better than we
      do. I am sure that other chemical plants in this area have made similar
      arrangements to handle their plants. We are researching the various
      chemical plants along the Texas coast and what chemicals they have. We
      want to be prepared for what we might encounter.

      We spent much of the afternoon working on plans for our response after
      the hurricane. This would include communications (we will have a large
      area to communicate across; cell phones will probably be out; we will
      rely on Satellite phones for long distance communications; we will also
      establish radio repeater networks in the area); Haz-Mat, safety, and
      reconnaissance procedures. We have also been doing research on these
      areas regarding Haz-Mat, population, flood areas, critical buildings,
      etc. We have also been developing some good maps of the areas, as well
      as talking with the NGA and US Geological Survey agencies regarding the
      possibility of getting maps as soon as possible after the hurricane goes
      through.

      I will try to send out another update tomorrow evening. We anticipate
      that we will begin getting tropical and hurricane force winds beginning
      midday tomorrow. There is a good chance that we could lose electricity
      and cell phone service. This could create some obstacles to send out
      the update, but remember that a lack of hearing from us does not mean
      that anything is wrong. When the weather permits, we can put up our
      satellite dish to allow for Internet communications. We will also be
      using our ThreatNet system, which basically gives us our own Doppler
      weather station, to monitor the weather including rain bands, high winds
      and tornados. We have been asked to monitor this throughout tonight and
      tomorrow night and to keep the IST and other teams informed of any
      weather emergencies.

      I just heard one of the local county Judges (they are like Mayors) tell
      the News that "First responders are not the preferred alternative to
      evacuating." I couldn't have said it better myself. Hopefully, people
      in the most dangerous areas have heeded the warnings and evacuated so
      that we don't have a lot of victims. Let's say a prayer that they will
      all be okay.



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    • Redhart
      I m deeply involved in the dog world, and also keeping an eye out for information on shelters--If anyone sees a list of shelters pets are being diverted to (or
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 12 6:28 PM
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        I'm deeply involved in the dog world, and also keeping an eye out for information on shelters--If anyone sees a list of shelters pets are being diverted to (or knows where I can find that), as well as any other information having to do with pets, pet evacuations and animals in general, please pass that along to me. I'll keep this information going to my animal lists and the chain going.
         
        Redhart
         
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        From: Steve
         



        We conducted some good overview training/roundtable s as some of our more
        experienced personnel gave pointers and discussed expected operations
        with the team. This proved to have some helpful interchange. One of
        the items that we discussed was the issue of pets. Pets were a big
        issue in Katrina, as most of the military aircraft wouldn't allow pets.
        FEMA has clarified their procedures regarding pets where we will try
        to help people take their pets with them. This will make it easier to
        talk them into evacuating. 

         

         

        .

      • Joann Lavis
        redjart the last i heard was the aspca would have info, might want to check there also thanks for your help Joann To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.comFrom:
        Message 3 of 6 , Sep 12 6:39 PM
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          redjart the last i heard was the aspca would have info, might want to check there also
          thanks for your help Joann


           


          To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com
          From: redhart_2@...
          Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:28:29 -0700
          Subject: Re: [SoCalFire] IKe updates


          I'm deeply involved in the dog world, and also keeping an eye out for information on shelters--If anyone sees a list of shelters pets are being diverted to (or knows where I can find that), as well as any other information having to do with pets, pet evacuations and animals in general, please pass that along to me. I'll keep this information going to my animal lists and the chain going.
           
          Redhart
           
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Steve
           



          We conducted some good overview training/roundtable s as some of our more
          experienced personnel gave pointers and discussed expected operations
          with the team. This proved to have some helpful interchange. One of
          the items that we discussed was the issue of pets. Pets were a big
          issue in Katrina, as most of the military aircraft wouldn't allow pets.
          FEMA has clarified their procedures regarding pets where we will try
          to help people take their pets with them. This will make it easier to
          talk them into evacuating. 
           
           

          .




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        • Redhart
          Have those links already. While this is a Texas hurricane, many of the clubs and rescues from California are sending people out--or are on standby, hoping to
          Message 4 of 6 , Sep 12 6:44 PM
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            Have those links already.
             
            While this is a Texas hurricane, many of the clubs and rescues from California are sending people out--or are on standby, hoping to help in the aftermath (in both volunteers, rescuing, or reuniting people & pets)
             
            Thanks again
            I'll regurgitate some of this when I get a bit of a bigger list going of resources.
            Redhart
             
             

            redjart the last i heard was the aspca would have info, might want to check there also
            thanks for your help Joann


             



            To: SoCalFire@yahoogrou ps.com
            From: redhart_2@earthlink .net
            Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:28:29 -0700
            Subject: Re: [SoCalFire] IKe updates


            I'm deeply involved in the dog world, and also keeping an eye out for information on shelters--If anyone sees a list of shelters pets are being diverted to (or knows where I can find that), as well as any other information having to do with pets, pet evacuations and animals in general, please pass that along to me. I'll keep this information going to my animal lists and the chain going.
             
            Redhart
             
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Steve
             



            We conducted some good overview training/roundtable s as some of our more
            experienced personnel gave pointers and discussed expected operations
            with the team. This proved to have some helpful interchange. One of
            the items that we discussed was the issue of pets. Pets were a big
            issue in Katrina, as most of the military aircraft wouldn't allow pets.
            FEMA has clarified their procedures regarding pets where we will try
            to help people take their pets with them. This will make it easier to
            talk them into evacuating. 
             
             

            .




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          • Joann Lavis
            ok ill keep you posted if i hear anything my way also. Joann To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.comFrom: redhart_2@earthlink.netDate: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:44:47
            Message 5 of 6 , Sep 12 6:52 PM
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              ok ill keep you posted if i hear anything my way also. Joann

              To: SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com
              From: redhart_2@...
              Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:44:47 -0700
              Subject: Re: [SoCalFire] IKe updates

              Have those links already.
               
              While this is a Texas hurricane, many of the clubs and rescues from California are sending people out--or are on standby, hoping to help in the aftermath (in both volunteers, rescuing, or reuniting people & pets)
               
              Thanks again
              I'll regurgitate some of this when I get a bit of a bigger list going of resources.
              Redhart
               
               

              redjart the last i heard was the aspca would have info, might want to check there also
              thanks for your help Joann


               



              To: SoCalFire@yahoogrou ps.com
              From: redhart_2@earthlink .net
              Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:28:29 -0700
              Subject: Re: [SoCalFire] IKe updates


              I'm deeply involved in the dog world, and also keeping an eye out for information on shelters--If anyone sees a list of shelters pets are being diverted to (or knows where I can find that), as well as any other information having to do with pets, pet evacuations and animals in general, please pass that along to me. I'll keep this information going to my animal lists and the chain going.
               
              Redhart
               
              ----- Original Message -----
              From: Steve
               



              We conducted some good overview training/roundtable s as some of our more
              experienced personnel gave pointers and discussed expected operations
              with the team. This proved to have some helpful interchange. One of
              the items that we discussed was the issue of pets. Pets were a big
              issue in Katrina, as most of the military aircraft wouldn't allow pets.
              FEMA has clarified their procedures regarding pets where we will try
              to help people take their pets with them. This will make it easier to
              talk them into evacuating. 
               
               

              .




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