Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Two videos on disaster preparedness

The Tactical PodCast, with host Kurt, gives a ten minute tutorial on “Emergency Disaster Preparedness: Bug Out Bag” – how to pack your civilian duffel bag for a situation like that in the film “The Road”. The caption warns of martial law or total breakdown, and it’s up to you to protect yourself and your family. Kurt has a wife and two sons and lives in conservative Tidewater Virginia (probably not far from Fort Eustis). You definitely need to carry a gun, clandestinely if possible (not difficult in Virginia), duct tape ($1 at WalMart), a machete, cargo pants with camouflage colors – you get the idea. Civilization really could go “back to the bay” (BTTB as we said in the Army). His basic training advice: get ready for bivouac. He didn’t add an M-17 protective mask (we carried them in 1968). The video seems horizontally compressed. (Link).

University of California Television offers a 53 minute video, directed by Peter Kreklow, “Disaster Preparedness: Natural Disasters: Health Professionals”, showing interviews with first responders among medical professionals. The underlying message was that in California disasters tend to occur together: earthquakes can cause fires and floods, even tsunamis. Much of the film concerns a recent wildfire in San Diego county. One female doctor tells of attending a convention in Chicago and being paged to come back immediately, when she hadn’t yet seen any information about the disaster on the Internet. There is some discussion of family preparedness, and of the necessity of some social cohesion among members of extended families, as well as neighbors, almost as in the New Testament. There is a lot of discussion and video of the response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the Bay Area. Many of the fatalities occurred with the collapse of the Oakland freeway. (Link).

When I visited the San Diego area in February 2002, there was a wildfire north of the city, with a lot of media coverage.

The web reference for the series is this link.

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