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Search and Rescue Services
P.O. Box # 1472, Longview, Washington 98632 USA.
Web: www.k9sardog.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Office (360) 414-8093 Mobile (503) 705-0258.
"INTEGRITY YOU CAN TRUST - SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON"
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS STARTS WITH YOU....
There are a lot of folks who recently saw the
devastation in Haiti on the news.
With 9-11, Katrina, and other disasters that we’ve seen,
this has brought more awareness to our own vulnerability
from earthquakes, floods, fires, tornados, terrorist
attacks, and other disasters.
I’ve been asked by the local TV and Newspaper medias as
well as some of the Departments of Emergency Management
to address the issue of Disaster preparedness. I will
address this issue on preparedness in the home for
families, at schools for students and faculty, on the
road for drivers, and in the work place for employees
I'm the International K9 Disaster Search and Rescue
Coordinator for International K-9 Search and Rescue
Services located near Portland, Oregon. I’ve instructed
Urban K9 Search and Rescue teams around the world as
well as responded personally to 16 major disasters. So I
can speak to you through the rescuers first hand
experience and tell you what you can do to help others
and me like myself find you and your family alive and
Before a disaster strikes, it's your responsibility to
It’s not your governments, your city, or your states
responsibility to prepare you. They have tried through
postings on the Internet through FEMA, and in the
beginning of each telephone book by posting a basic list
of disaster supplies. But, they have their own issues to
It’s your responsibility and yours alone.
BEING PREPARED. Here's what you'll need to gather for
you and your family before disaster strikes. Develop a
family plan, an office plan, and a personal plan, on
what each of you will do before, during and after and
event. If you are at work and an event takes place, who
will look after your pets, your children, and how will
you communicate with one another?
Telephone service will be down. No texting, no cellular
service, no landlines.
This includes no emails. CB Radios and FSR radios work
but have very short ranges.
Here’s a basic list of supplies that will help you stay
alive. Now a lot of people are going to see this list
and say, “ I don’t have that kind of money to go out and
buy all this stuff”. You would be surprised on what you
can pick up cheaply at GOOD WILL and other thrift
stores. It takes time to put all the kits together.
Don’t wait until an event happens. Start planning now.
Supplies: Ski cap. Why the ski cap? You loose 90% of
your body heat through your head, if you are exposed to
the elements it may make the difference between life and
Rain Gear. A pocket poncho and space blanket will work
for basic protection.
Food. Beef Jerky, dried fruits, nuts, and similar
products store well. Change them out once a year.
Water. A gallon container of water is preferred for each
person per day, but even the min. of two-quart
containers is better then nothing. A plastic bag can
even be used to catch and collect rainwater. I also
recommend some form of water purification system,
filters, tablets, boiling your water for five minutes
First Aid. First take a course on CPR, and basic first
aid. American Red Cross and other non-profit
organizations can provide excellent basic courses. I
recommend a container with four triangular bandages,
first aid gloves, 10 4x4 Gauze pads, One roll Kling, One
roll of first aid plastic tape, Scissors, flashlight,
note pad, pencil, aspirin x 6 tablets. Four sugar
packages. Neosporin or other anti bacteria cream.
Boots. I’m not talking about little fabric hiking shoes.
I’m talking about heavy leather stitched lace up boots
with lugged vibram soles. These will protect your feet
from broken glass, sharp metal and concrete, nails, etc.
Gloves. Leather gloves. When you’re trying to dig your
friends and family out of the rubble these will keep
your hands from being destroyed.
Camping supplies. Tent, sleeping bag, ground tarp,
insulite sleeping pad.
Cooking supplies. Fire making material, presto logs,
hatchet, knife, candle, magnesium match, and some kind
of container to boil water in.
Flashlights. I have a headlamp, extra batteries, and a
small flashlight in all of my packs.
Plastic Whistle. Metal sticks to your lips if it’s cold
out. If you are trapped you can blow your whistle or tap
on something hard 3 times every time you hear something.
If you are a rescuer and hear the 3 whistles or taps,
you can respond by tapping or blowing your whistle
twice. A basic form of communication.
Knives, saws, shovels, (Basics can be stored at home or
in your vehicle.
Other equipment: Note book, pens, pencils, compass,
sewing kit. I keep a needle and roll of dental floss in
each of my packs.
Store a min. of 30 days supplies outside your house in a
small shed, or rubber maid garbage container. If you
live in an apartment or condo, store these items in a
large Rubbermaid garbage container outside on your deck.
Talk with your neighbors, hold neighborhood association
meetings and see what each person(s) strengths and
weakness are that live near you. Occupations play a role
here as well. Is someone a trained nurse, doctor, police
officer, EMT, Vet tech, electrician, plumber. Do they
have tools like chain saws, crowbars, shovels, and
Get and idea of what your local resources are. 90% of
the victims rescued in a disaster are rescued from your
co-workers, neighbors, family, and friends.
In your car, 5 days of supplies. Why? After an event you
most likely will not be able to drive. Roads are
blocked, bridges and overpasses will have collapsed,
power lines are down, there will be no fuel stations
open, no restaurants, and most grocery stores will be
closed. You are on your own. You will have to walk home.
This may take up to a week to get home depending on the
distance of your commute.
I’ve been asked, ”What if I take public transportation”?
Millions of people do take public transportation each
and every day”. Carry a small daypack with two quarts of
water, first aid supplies, flashlight, plastic whistle,
toilet paper, pocketknife, matches, candles, plastic
bags, and food. A change of clothing, rain gear, ski
In your workspace I suggest a min. of a 3 days of
supplies. So if you duck cover and hold and if you get
trapped under your desk, you'll have the items you need
to survive until we can rescue you. The roof may have
collapsed exposing you to the heat, cold, rain, and
other weather elements. No electricity and being exposed
will kill you unless you are prepared. All these items
fit snuggly inside a one-gallon bucket.
Each classroom should store a min. of 3 days supply of
the basics for each student. Some schools have obtained
a large storage container outside of the school on
school property and stored the basics there. Others have
each student bring in the basics. Then if there is no
disaster, they have a “I survived this year without a
disaster party”. They drink their water, eat their
survival food and discuss their plan of action”. (It’s a
great refresher course each year for the kids).
FOR YOUR PETS.
1). Identify each pet in your house. Comb out their fur
/ hair and place that fir / hair inside a clean dry
envelope. Seal it up. Write the animals name on it.
Attach a photo to it. Have your animal micro chipped or
tattooed. Take photos from various angles.
Store this info. in your car (In the trunk). Also store
another container of hair in your garage, shed or
emergency supply bin. Why is this important? If your
home collapses during a disaster we can bring in trained
search dogs to search the rubble that you once called
If you have the scent packets, the search dog will key
in (ALERT) on just the one specific scent it is
introduced to. If your pet took off on foot, the search
dog can track it’s last known path and hopefully find it
to be returned to you safe.
Without the packet of scent, the only thing a search dog
can do is clear the rubble pile and tell us if there is
anyone / anything alive or dead in the pile.
2). Have a kennel for each animal. If your home is
destroyed you'll need some kind of shelter for your pet.
3). Store 30 days supplies of food, water, first aid
supplies for your pets outside your home.
4). Remember American Red Cross will not allow your pet
inside a disaster shelter. If you have to evacuate never
ever leave your pet behind. Contact your local Humane
Society for assistance in rescuing your pets.
5). Contact I.K.9.S.A.R.S. immediately if your human
family member or your pet is missing and we'll try to
bring out a search dog team to attempt to locate them in
the rubble piles or track them to where they have
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. is an International K-9 Search and Rescue
Team dedicated to saving both human and animal lives
during times of disasters and non-disasters.
Since 1972, I’ve documented over 7,600 rescue calls
around the world of both people and pets. I give safety
lectures to neighborhood associations, schools,
churches, safety fairs, and police dept’s. fire depts.
SAR Agencies, and businesses for their health and safety
lecture series. Rotaries and other groups.
If you want me to come speak your family, friends,
office workers, rescue specialist, email me and we’ll
set up an appointment. email@example.com or call our
offices at 360-414-8093.
We've assisted directly and indirectly during times of
disasters through coordination or through sending teams
and equipment in.
Armenia, Philippines, Turkey, Japan, Northridge and SF,
Ca. and Haiti earthquakes. Floods and Fires around the
world. Terrorist attacks responses during the Oklahoma
City Bombing and 9-11. Hurricane disasters in Honduras
and USA” Katrina”.
Harry Oakes and staff.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. Harry’s Yahoo 360 blog re SAR.
Photos of Harry’s search dog teams in action.
Before your child comes up missing, identify them. If a
child is missing, send us the information. We search for
missing children and adults.
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send your our
free child id kit.
If you know of anyone who is missing a human or pet
family member please feel free to pass on our web site
to them. Thank You.