Sunday, April 26, 2009

The swine-avian-water buffalo-salamander flu

Lets all take a breath, calm down and look at the numbers. 67 deaths in Mexico, as

as I can find that is it. None in America, none any where else. I've read conflicting

numbers for people testing positive in the U.S. The number has varied from 6 to 20.

The World Health organisation is reporting 20 lab confirmed cases in the U.S.

According to their web page W.H.O. the U.S. cases have all reported "mild,flue like

symptoms, with only one requiring brief hospitalization.

The population of the U.S. is around 304 million people. Do the math. You probably

don't have the swine flue.Use common sense : cover your mouth when you cough,wash

your hands frequently, avoid contact with people who are sick.

People like me might even say that some government agencies hype things like this

to make sure they keep a huge budget

Friday, April 24, 2009

More adventures in NIMS land

Things I have heard lately in NIMS land. NIMS land is the courses the feds tell you that you must have to continue doing what you do.

Unified command that's where you all have a representative making the decisions.The next day the same instructor gives the scenario of an mva, with police,fire and EMS responding.Then says the volunteer fire department will probably not park where the police want them to.HUH?
Park the big red truck so that drunks have to run through it to hit you. A destroyed big red truck is better than an injured firefighter.

Asking about any stimulus money for fire departments I actually heard a state employee say there are loans out there.If we could pay a loan back we would go get one and I wouldn't be asking about grants.

Not overheard but I did read it.Stimulus money in Arkansas called public safety and going to law enforcement and abuse centers.That's fine and good but what about volunteer fire departments.

I actually had another state employee tell me there is a program that does grants for fire departments.Yes ma'am we have applied for it numerous times, what are we doing to help volunteer fire departments? Well I don't know she said.

Do the people in Little Rock know that there is a rural Arkansas?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Free to GOOD Home

I don't have a selfish bone in my body. I apparently don't care about getting rich. The spring weather has led to yard work which led to discovery of the fire ant attack.
Someone else will figure a way to sell these little suckers and get filthy rich. I've tried to sell them on facebook and door to door with no success.
I am now offering free to a good home purebred, suitable for breeding purposes, very prolific, quality mound building fire ants.
They make great gifts for Yankees.Do not feel greedy if you want all of them I am anxious to share

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Uncontrolled Chaos

The weather service has determined that the tornado that occurred in Sevier and
Howard counties was an F3.Top wind speeds are estimated to have been 140 MPH.
A few lessons were learned in this. Our local people need more training in ICS. Our
response in Howard County was a little frazzled. We didn't maintain very good radio
discipline and tactical comms were done on the repeater. These are minor things but
need to improve them to reduce the chance of missed comms that are urgent.
I am afraid that all the NIMS stuff has been theoretical and local people have not
seen the true application of it. There is also a disconnect in agencies in the
acceptance of ICS.
Unified Command is still theory to some people.
AWIN overloaded very quickly. Each region needs a plan to monitor a regional channel
as well as their own dispatch. Some of us are doing this but we need to formalize the
plan.
Speaking of AWIN I am still not sure how there wound up being specific law enforcement channels and none for fire and EMS.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Storm Season

It is spring in Arkansas that means the possibility of severe weather. This point was brought home thursday evening.The city of Mena hit by a tornado , the damage at Dierks and Center Point.
Please get a weather radio it can be a life saver. Think of it as insurance you hope you will never need it but you have it just incase