be learned from Haiti earthquake.
As in all
the disasters we respond to here is what is faced by rescue teams.
|Apt. this shows the destruction of
an apt complex. Here the vehicles were spared. This is why it's
important to have disaster supplies stored outside your apt in a
rubber maid garbage can. Food, Water, Clothing, First aid, camping
supplies, emergency tents, sleeping bags, etc. Also back up supplies
stored in your vehicle.
|Bodies. In major disasters such as
Haiti there isn't time to stop and identify each and every victim
through fingerprints, dental records, photographs.
|Mass graves are dug and bodies
dumped in and buried. This was done in the Philippines, Honduras,
Armenia, Turkey, as well as the Haiti disaster.
|Bodies. Often the smell is
overwhelming. We focus on locating the living. Victims buried and
still alive. We'll let the local folks deal with their dead.
In the Philippines two men were found alive after two weeks. In
Turkey we found 14 alive. Four after 10 days. In the Haiti quake one
man was found alive after 3 weeks.
|Bringing out a victim. 80% of
rescued victims are rescued by neighbors, co workers, family and
friends. We search for the other 20 %.
|Confined space cameras, listening
devices, as well as search dogs play an important part in searching
the rubble. Here a confined space camera shows a person still alive
buried under the rubble.
|Down town. Where to start
|Hillside rubble. Besides the
rubble, gravity poses it's own challenges.
|People from all over the world
respond. Here an Red Cross worker from International Red Cross
carries a child.
|Pancaking of structures happens a
lot in disasters. There are times we'll find victims in the VOIDS of
the structures. I've actually found more victims alive in these type
of destroyed structures then in anywhere else.
|People looting. This poses it's
own hazards to search teams. People are desperate for food,
medicine, water, and will kill to get it.
|Roadway note the power lines down
as well as the destroyed vehicle from debris. These offer dangers in
searching as well.
|Rubble. This is a typical search
area. We'll talk to the surviving witnesses and let them show us
where they last saw their family, friends, neighbors then we'll
start an assessment to see how safe it is to search the pile. We'll
start by working the perimeter, then the top, then as we deem it
safe, we'll tunnel inside to search the voids for survivors.
This is the scary part. Many times we're inside the pile when
We also face rats, snakes, hazardous materials.
|Searching for victims. We'll work
in shifts. It's exhausting work emotionally and physically.