Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team
SYNOPSIS of meeting on 2/4/2002:
We got started on the FEMA 5-module course on Emergency Response to
Terrorism. We went over the introduction and part of module 1, Terrorism
in Perspective, which defines terrorism, and identifies the chief characteristics
of terrorist activities, attack vulnerability factors, and the five categories
of potential threats - B-NICE (get the materials to learn what the acronym
At each session we will discuss part of a module and share our ideas
about what our NET should/can do. Each module has several "Thinking
About My Situation . . ." discussion starters and ends with a "Learning
Check" quiz. Those who complete all 5 modules (on your own time at your
own pace) and pass a final test will be certified as Emergency Responders
to Terrorism. Even if you do only parts of the modules, the
information is useful and interesting.
We're meeting every other Monday at John's. (Meetings are temporarily
suspended. We expect to resume sometime in March.)
The manuals can be downloaded from FEMA
If you can't get it yourself, contact John.
of these links will get you this message:
SYNOPSIS of meeting on 1/21/2002:
has redesigned its web site to make it easier and faster for you to find
the information you need. If you have reached this page by selecting a
bookmark that worked previously, it is likely the file has moved to a new
location because of our recent redesign.
try to find the new locations. (Sept 7, 2002)
For various reasons, on Jan. 21 we had a really short session. John
pointed out that we can get Terrorist Training (not how to do it, what
to do about it) from the Web, and that if we do all five sessions and pass
a test we will be certified. It should be interesting,
and may well be valuable information to have. Training manuals were available
from FEMA, but they're all out at the moment (big surprise). However,
one can download the material from the web, HERE
Or if you contact John he will get you a disk and you can print your own
We decided that our review sessions are valuable, but perhaps every
week is too big a commitment. So we're going to change to every other
week. The next review will be at John's house on Feb. 5 at 7:00 pm.
SYNOPSIS of meeting on 1/14/2002:
This week John had us review some very interesting FEMA videos on the
medical aspects of emergencies. They started with personal safety.
Always go with a buddy.
wear proper protective gear (goggles, mask, gloves, boots).
We continued with the A B C's—Airway, Bleeding, Circulation (and shock).
A few things that have changed, or were not covered, in the NET training
of several years ago: 1) Don't raise neck and jaw to clear the airway:
tilt the neck and jaw together, to protect the spine; 2) Put gentle pressure
on the stomach during mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to prevent inflating
the stomach and causing vomiting; 3) Small, inexpensive devices with a
one-way valve to protect yourself when giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
are available.; 4) Never remove a pressure bandage: let a doctor do it.
We had the advantage of a live, cooperating victim to practice on.
Thanks, Matt. Those of us in attendance agree that our time was well
spent. The videos we watched can be accessed from this FEMA site
FEMA - CERT
Follow the "View CERT video material" link
OR CLICK HERE
FEMA website is constantly updated. The above two links have been changed.
we will leave them here: they go to an index page NET members might find
SYNOPSIS of meeting on 1/7/2002:
At our first training session at John's house, we started with resource
management. We got only as far as discussing where and how to set
up our staging area: Triage and Medical areas, under cover; Communications,
as high as we can place it; Command Post, away from the confusion of the
other areas; Emergent Volunteer staging area, visible but out of the way;
Through FEMA, John has a lot of excellent information. He will
be presenting some of it every Monday night at his house. We hope you will
attend as many sessions as possble. Most of the discussions will
have general application to any NET and any site.
Saturday, January 5, 2002, New staging area (behind Wilson High bleachers).
Details will be worked out by Monday Dec 31, and emailed to those on John's
Expect an interesting, and much needed, practice so we'll be better
prepared for the upcoming winter storm season. Mark your calendars.
If you're not sure you're on John's email list, you can call Keturah
(503-244-9122) for information or to leave your email address.
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SYNOPSIS of September meeting (9/25/01):
It was agreed that we all need continuing refresher training, advanced
training, and updating according to current events. To help teams
know their neighborhoods better, and be better able to get around in case
major traffic routes are blocked, we will get and laminate accurate maps,
which will let us use grease pencils to mark and erase problem areas.
Some NET's are planning to use these maps for guiding group walks.
We will also laminate pocked-sized "cheat sheets" to remind of a few vital
facts, such as phone numbers, hazard codes, and the inspection diagrams
that inform emergency responders.
About a dozen people from five different NET's attended this meeting.
It is agreed that each NET needs many more members. Ways of recruiting
were discussed including newspapers articles, "advertising" buttons for
NET members to wear in public, and recuiting at workplaces, clubs, churches,
neighborhood association meeting, etc.
Watch here for updates.
We will post a "Refresher" Web page to help each other stay on our toes
and keep our training from getting stale.