DERA Newsletter 43 Years of Service June 2005
Salvation Army DERA Grant Awards
Team in Dayton Recipient
Mrs. D. Bharathi Prasad,
VU2RBI, is the happy recipient of
DERA project funding
to assist classroom
training of junior high
Mark Griggs KB8YMN - Columbus, and high school
Ohio SATERN, Jeff Schneller students in the role of DERA receives
N3HPO - Greater New York SATERN
Liaison, Ken Pancyzck Metropolitan
Satellite Communi- Award in Chennai,
cations in disasters.
Division (Chicago) SATERN Liaison
This comes only
Bill Shillington W9ZCL Chicago
SATERN, Major Pat McPherson weeks after India DERA made presentations
WW9E - National Director SATERN launched its amateur and bestowed awards on
and Peggy McNary N9QT -SATERN forty two tsunami response
Coordinator for Indiana pose for this
picture after presentations on May 20. cations Satellite. communicators at the NIAR
(Full story inside.) Conference in Chennai and
DERA partner EIIP received an unexpected
hosts forum on award in return.
Data Interoperability (Details inside)
Chip Hines, CAP Mobile Command
for the DHS/FEMA
The Civil Air Patrol’s Mobile
. Emergency Command Center
Last month’s EIIP forum designed in part by DERA
addressed f cilitating the process Disaster Liability member Dan Ritchie was toured
to develop incident messaging by visiting officials from India.
standards under the umbrella of By Dave Forster
the Emergency Data Exchange
Language (EDXL) which allows The city of Fargo must pay $3 million
exchange of information between to North Dakota State University for
differing information systems. damages suffered in a 2000
This cooperative effort will rainstorm, a judge ruled May 16th.
encompass basic incident The flood damage could have been
notification and situation avoided had city and Fargo Dome
reporting, initiating and workers learned from a similar event
responding to resource requests, in 1993, wrote East Central District Dan Ritchie describes the complexities of
and other analytical, geospatial, Judge Douglas Herman. the command center to Mr. Ajeer Vidya,
and authentication data. (Full story inside.) Department of Information Technology,
(Transcript at www.emforum.org) Government of India.
DisasterCom is the quarterly newsletter of DERA International. News items and articles are always welcome.
ISSN 1521-1592 Editor: Catherine Lawhun
Membership in this Nonprofit Association is open to all who share our commitment to effective disaster preparedness and response.
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DERA also toured some of the relief
DERA International housing that had been constructed for
P.O. Box 797
the fishermen to the north of Chennai.
Longmont, CO 80502
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Disaster Service and Professional Association A Note
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Incorporated in the State of Wisconsin. from your Editor
Newsletter ISSN 1521-1592.
Our New Membership Drive is off with a
bang!!! Please don't pass up this
Officers opportunity to help strengthen DERA
while becoming eligible for a lineup of
Steven Keene, Chair, Board of Trustees exceptional prizes! See the prize listings Grass hut villages constructed as relief
Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the next page. The back page of this housing for tsunami victims.
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Randy Helback, General Counsel On May 15th , I was honored to be able to
Milwaukee, Wisconsin travel to Chennai, India and represent
DERA at the NIAR International
Executive Director, V acant
Conference. DERA’s relationships in
Dr. Marian Olson, Director India are long standing and very well
Golden, Colorado respected by the Government of India. I
am glad to be able to help maintain our According to a DERA trained disaster
Lynn L. Lucchetti, Director relationship with those in the forefront of responder in the region, because no
Surprise, Arizona the tsunami disaster response in that transportation has been provided to the
country and continue this important part fishermen to move their catch from the
Tony Mendes, Director shore to the reconstructed village, it will
of our mission.
Denver, Colorado only be a matter of time, it is believed,
The photos below are just a small before the fisherman will build directly on
Dr. Floyd Shoemaker, Director
Littleton, Colorado sampling of what we accomplished the shore once again.
during that short visit.
Jerry Cassidy, Director Thank you all so much for your support.
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entered online after June 1, 2005 and received New York, NY
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by law. Recipient of prize is responsible for all Kettering, OH
taxes, duties, or government fees. Prizes not
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will conduct this contest under the laws of the
State of Colorado. Winners will be announced Welcome to DERA!
in the DERA newsletter.
FEMA responded to a record-setting 27
Conferences Florida Senate Bill 442 total major declared disasters for
hurricane-related damage in 15 states,
ClinCon 2005 A bill that relieves the requirement that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands -
when a homeowner pulls their own an area of more than 600,000 square
permit, the "homeowner must miles. Florida was hit by four hurricanes
supervise volunteers" and replaces it with and Alabama, Delaware, Georgia,
July 7-10, 2005 "supervision of all work by an individual Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New
Orlando, FL with construction experience" has been York, North Carolina, Ohio,
The Rosen Centre Hotel signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush. Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
Overview The FLVOAD agencies lobbied for the were also declared disasters due to
following recap of replacement language: damages from the storms.
The goal of ClinCon 2005 is to create an 20) Any disaster impacted one-family, FEMA’s response to last year’s
Educational Experience that will help two-family, or three-family residence hurricanes resulted in the activation of
EMS Personnel provide the highest repaired or replaced by a Disaster the National Emergency Operations
quality prehospital care to their patients. Recovery/Mitigation Organization or any Center and other operations centers for
The time has come for practical, research Not-For-Profit Organization using more than 55 days - their longest
based clinical street medicine to be volunteer labor when not holding continuous activation ever.
practiced by every prehospital care themselves out to be contractors and
provider. assisting a property owner in mitigating Dr. William Gray, a Colorado State
unsafe living conditions. The University (CSU) meteorologist, has
Audience organization, must: predicted 15 named storms, with four of
(a) Obtain all necessary building permits. them being intense hurricanes.
Paramedics, EMT's Firefighters, (b) Obtain all required building code _____________________
EMS/Fire Administrators, EMS Medical inspections.
Directors, EMS Educators, Emergency (c) Provide for supervision of all work by
Physicians, Emergency Physician an individual
with construction Earthquake Activity
Assistants, Emergency Nurses, First
Responders and other Allied Health
Professionals interested in learning Now signed into law, these measures will On June 15th an earthquake, measuring
practical, research based clinical street provide a greater level of safety for the 7.0, occurred approximately 90 miles
medicine. entire state and is a prime example of west southwest of Cres cent City, Calif.,
healthy mitigation strategy. about 300 miles northwest of
Sacramento, and just south of the
____________________ California-Oregon state line, according to
the U.S. Geological Survey's National
Earthquake Information Center.
Florida Storm Watch
The 4th Annual Symposium on The tsunami warning included a call for
coastal evacuations from low-lying
Information Sharing There are still approximately 50,000 roofs communities. It had been posted for
entire Pacific coast from the California-
& Homeland Security
covered with Blue Tarps still waiting for
repair across Florida as it watched the Mexico border to Vancouver, Canada.
27-29 June 2005, New second storm of the season forming Another strong undersea quake - once
south of Cuba. again offshore of northern California - hit
on June 17th, according to the U.S.
In the Panhandle, there are 8 sites where Geological Survey. The magnitude 6.6
“Best Practices and Real FEMA trailers have been provided for earthquake occurred at 10:21 p.m., and
World Solutions” Hurricane Ivan victims left homeless and no tsunami warning was issued. It was
relocated after that storm last season about 6.2 miles beneath the ocean floor
For additional information more are still in trailers in Charlotte and some 125 miles from Eureka - with
http://www.ncsi.com/ishs05/ County from the devastation by an epicenter very close to the Tuesday
Hurricane Charlie. The trailers, although quake.
desperately needed to relocate those left
homeless, are structurally more This latest temblor came about nine
HazMat Explo9 susceptible to wind damage than their hours after a widely-felt, 4.9-magnitude
concrete block or wood frame quake hit east of Los Angeles. Aftershock
constructed counterparts. This poses a reports indicate there is a 10% chance of
November 15 – 17, 2005 considerable increase in the a strong aftershock within the next 7
Orleans Hotel & Casino Las evacuation component that now needs to days, and there is a small chance of an
be planned for in the event of another aftershock larger than the main quake.
Vegas Nevada. major storm. Three to 15 aftershocks are expected in
For additional information, The 2004 hurricane season resulted in the next 7 days.
call (702) 455-5710 or visit the Federal Emergency Management
www.hazmatexplo.org for the latest Agency’s (FEMA's) largest mobilization On June 19th, several aftershocks
information. of emergency response and disas ter registered off the coast of Northern
recovery resources in the agency’s California on the same day. One of them
history. magnitude 5.0. Data taken from USGS
Emergency Medicine Civil Air Patrol DERA Grant Award
Mobile Simulation Lab at Dayton conference Recipient
On May 12, 2005, the Emergency
DERA was in attendance at the
Medicine Learning & Resource Center
conference, when on May 20, CAP's
rolled out the State of Florida’s only
national commander, Maj. Gen. Dwight
emergency medicine simulation lab on
Wheless, joined ARRL president Jim
wheels featuring SimMan® and
Haynie for the official signing of the CAP-
SimBaby®. The lab, which features
ARRL agreement to help leaders of both
realistic emergency room and ambulance
organizations better use and integrate
settings is built within a 45-foot coach
their resources in exercises and
and will take a realistic emergency
medicine feel to physicians, nurses, and
paramedics/EMT’s in rural parts of
Local CAP members were on hand to
discuss the organization's programs, and
the CAP Wisconsin Wing displayed its
new 35-foot state-of-the-art Mobile
Command Center, which was custom -
built for CAP by Winnebago Corporation
using a Homeland Security grant.
Officials from the Government of India
and the National Institute for Amateur
Radio (India) were given a special in- Mrs. D. Bharathi Prasad – VU2RBI
depth tour of the unit. The goal was to Team leader and extraordinary
provide information and ideas for emergency communicator during the
implementation in their own country. December 26th Tsunami Disaster
This “Mobile Simulation Lab” will be addresses a standing room only crowd at
targeted to the rural emergency medicine the Dayton Convention on May 20. An
providers in the State of Florida. There adept public speaker, Mrs. Prasad’s is
are 33 counties in Florida deemed “rural” also a school teacher back in India and is
with more than one million residents of very enthusiastic about teaching her
those counties. This educational tool is students the science of radio
an essential part of getting those in the communications. She was especially
profession hands -on training in the ever hoping to purchase a hand held satellite
evolving field of emergency medicine. antenna in order to teach the students
about the new communications satellite
Featured in the “Mobile Simulation Lab”
launched from India on May 5th. This
is SimMan® and SimBaby®, both of antenna and a handheld radio would be
which are realistic, anatomically accurate easily transported to all the various
mannequins equipped with a number of
DERA partner NAIR president Mr. Suri and school locations in her District near New
features, including a realistic airway
Mr. Ajeer Vidya, Government of India are Delhi. DERA saw this as an opportunity
system; an intravenous arm;
given a tour of the CAP Mobile Command to assist and sent her back to India with
physiologically correct carotid, femoral, Center the antenna in order to further our
brachial and radial pulses; and more than mission for advancing training of youth in
2,500 cardiac rhythm variants, to allow "Civil Air Patrol has one of the largest Disaster Preparedness in all countries.
for a variety of realistic patient care unified communications networks in the
scenarios. SimMan® can produce nation," said Lt. Col. Maurice Thomas,
spontaneous breathing, heart and lung CAP, who is also an avid ham radio
sounds, as well as coughing, moaning Mr. Prasad,
hobbyist, N3ADV. "Federal, state and
and various voice sounds. Barathi’s husband
local agencies call on CAP members
every day for communications support in looks on in
For further information contact: admiration during
search and rescue missions and disaster
Karen Crowe, REMT-P, RN his wife’s
relief. CAP needs 'implementers' for its
Phone: 800-766-6335 x24 presentation.
communications technology, and the
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org highly skilled ham radio operators
Internet: www.emlrc.org throughout the nation are a natural
The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness More than 1500
is proud to present the delegates from over
40 countries will
attend the 15th
15th World Conference on WCDM
Disaster Management http://www.wcdm.org/m
ain.html to view the
July 10th -13th Toronto, Canada entire program
Disaster Liability New Web-Based ICS Homeland Security
(Continued from page 1) Courses Exercise and Evaluation
Emmitsburg, MD - Michael D. Brown,
Instead, the judge found poor
preparations and "overwhelming Under Secretary of the U.S. Department
evidence of negligence" by the workers of Homeland Security for Emergency The purpose of the Homeland Security
during the storm, which dumped seven Preparedness and Response, Exercise and Evaluation Program
inches of rain in seven hours. NDSU announced that the nation's first- (HSEEP) is to build self-sustaining
suffered its damages in two campus responders can now take two new exercise programs and provide a
buildings after water flowed from the Incident Command System courses standardized methodology for designing,
Fargo Dome mechanical room through online. developing, conducting, and evaluating
the school's steam tunnel. all exercises.
"Over 225,000 of our nation's response
Judge Douglas Herman based his ruling personnel have completed Incident The program is currently being tested.
on seven days of testimony in a civil trial Command System and National Incident Golden Guardian 2005 California
that ended May 4. Herman's ruling gives Management System courses currently Statewide Exercise conducted May 26th,
NDSU the total amount it was seeking. available online through the FEMA Virtual 2005 utilized the HSEEP program as did
Rick Johnson, NDSU general counsel, Campus," said Brown. the Worldwide demonstration of the Joint
called it a major amount but said it Warrior Interoperability Demo conducted
wouldn't be a windfall for the university. The two courses were jointly developed this month. Many other upcoming
by FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration and exercises are utilizing this format.
The school will have to pay about 90 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
percent of that to the Federal Emergency National Wildfire Coordinating Group HSEEP Training Courses
Management Agency, which covered (NWCG). These new courses integrate
much of the costs from the storm, the NIMS guidelines and meet the NIMS Independent Study 120 Course Revision-
Johnson said. Baseline Training requirements. Q-462 ODP is continuing to work with the
and Q -463 are the first in a series of Federal Emergency Management
The city likely will appeal Herman's Incident Command System courses Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency
ruling, which would further delay the developed in web-based and blended Management Institute (EMI) to
payment, he said. learning format to meet all-hazards, all- incorporate the HSEEP guidance and
agency NIMS ICS requirements for methodology with a variety of EMI's
Erik Johnson, a Fargo city attorney who operational personnel. Now available existing exercise training courses.
helped Weimer in the case, when asked are: Current collaboration includes the
if the payments would eventually come redesign and enhancement of the
from tax revenue or the city's insurance Q-462 - Introduction to All-Hazards exercise overview and design course,
policy, he said only that it wouldn't come NIMS ICS for Operational First “An Orientation to Community Disaster
from taxpayer money. Responders. This course is web-based, Exercises” (Independent Study - 120).
self-study, interactive and equivalent to This course is scheduled to be finalized
During trial, the city's attorneys argued NWCG I-100 (Based on standard in August 2005 after feedback is received
that city officials couldn't have predicted learning objectives). from Federal, State, and local
or prepared for the storm and shouldn't representatives. A beta-test will be
be held liable. Q-463 - Basic All-Hazards NIMS ICS conducted for this web-based course in
for Operational First Responders. the coming months.
Herman ruled otherwise. A 1993 This course is web-based, self-study, Individuals who have signed up for the
rainstorm that also caused extensive interactive and equivalent to NWCG -I beta-test of this course will receive
damage should have led to more 200 (Based on standard learning further information in the
preventative measures, he wrote in his objectives). near future.
decision for Cass County District Court.
These two courses can be found at the HSEEP Toolkit
Despite the forewarning, no workers, no FEMA Virtual Campus
pumps and no sandbags were in place http://training.fema.gov/ and then clicking ODP is currently developing the HSEEP
when the first reports of likely flooding on "Online Training (NETC Virtual Toolkit, a suite of web-based applications
came during the 2000 storm, Herman Campus)" on the upper left. designed to walk an exercise planner
wrote. through the design, development,
conduct, and evaluation of exercises.
"Given all of this, it is hardly surprising The toolkit includes a Model, Simulation,
that the Fargo Dome flooded at the exact Children’s Grief Course and Game Decision Support System,
location and in the precise same manner Master Scenario Events List (MSEL)
for the second time in a decade," A new online course entitled Navigating Tool, and an After Action
Herman wrote. Children’s Grief is now available.
Report/Improvement Planning (AAR/IP)
The course is produced by The System. These applications will provide
The city appears to have taken the Children's Grief Education Association suggested project timelines, templates,
proper precautions since the 2000 flood and provides Ten CEU’s or 10 contact task lists, and associated guidance
to avoid another repeat, Johnson said. hours. For more information please throughout an exercise cycle. ODP will
contact : be conducting a beta-test on the first
Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave phase of the toolkit in May. Individuals
Forster at (701) 241-5538 Mary M. Lyles, MSW, LCSW who have signed up to participate in the
Children's Grief Education Association beta-test will receive further details in the
email@example.com (303) 246-3826 or next few weeks.
the days and weeks immediately series by the ARRL to NIAR for
International Seminar on following the tsunami. implementation throughout India.
Amateur Radio in Eighteen speakers in all were hosted at
this informative conference among them
Disaster Management was the design engineer for the
Chennai, India communications satellite that India
May18-20, 2005 successfully launched and is now
The Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony
kicked off the presentations at the
seminar. DERA editor
One young gentleman, Mr. Ram Mohan, discusses the
had been previously trained by DERA satellite
here in the United States and certified as launch
a Disaster Response Specialist. (See scheduled for
article in the March 2005 issue) His May 5th with satellite design engineer
training was instrumental in facilitating Nagesh Upadhyaya, VU2NUD.
the assistance that the VU4 team and the
entire NIAR operations were able to DERA played a key role in this very
provide. informative and important conference.
Left to right: Tamil Nadu Chief of Police,
Mr. R.K. Arora, Govt. of India, Mr. Ujugar
Singh, Govt. of India, Mr. N. Vittal,
Former I.A.S., and Mr. Suri, President from
NIAR Germany, relocated
India and the
introduced by Mr. Suri, President of the
National Institute for Amateur Radio
(NIAR) Invited speakers addressed a
crowd of over 230 which included an
entire classroom of teenage youth in the
prestigious conference room at the
Savera Hotel. DERA Member Major Patrick McPherson
On the dias, presiding over the will assume responsibility for the
conference were Shri Ujagar Singh, IAS, Seppo Salvation Army's operation in Midland,
VU2UJS, Shri R.K.Arora, Group Sisatto, PhD. Michigan. He and his wife Carmella are
Coordinator, DIT, Shri Ajeer Vidya, JS from Finland, due there on June the 29th, 2005. He will
&FA, DIT, Shri N.Vittal, IAS gave the continue his responsibility for the
(Retd.)VU2NVO, Mr. Seppo Sisatto, keynote SATERN operation in addition to the
OH1VR, Shri N.G.Nanda, VU2NG, Shri address on corps responsibility, which is in the
E.Radhakrishna, VU3LRE, Shri S.Suri, the Tampere Eastern Michigan Division of The
VU2MY at mic. EGlobal Salvation Army.
Conference. Speeches from that
conference can now be viewed online in He has been the Disaster Services
their entirety at www.eglobalconf.net. Director for the Salvation Army
Metropolitan Division for the past 15
In addressing those who have served
DERA’s under him these years, He writes, “None
presentation of us would have guessed the great
was entitled opportunities given us in service to God
“Emergency and mankind.…I am especially
Communication Practices in the United grateful for the vision of Salvation Army
DERA presented this exceptional plaque States”. leadership as we forged new boundaries
to NIAR for their assistance in providing in the disaster arena. “
the equipment, personnel and Policy issues were addressed in a
coordination for the emergency response question and answer session during the He also commended each of those on his
communications following the December last quadrant of the program and current staff saying that; “They are each
26th tsunami. practices in the United States involving representative of the highest ethic in
licensing issues and training for integrity, industry and compassion for
It was fitting for DERA to be on hand to emergency response we discussed. those victimized by disaster.”
present awards to the 42 individuals who Since the Conference, DERA has been
manned the radios and traveled to and instrumental in facilitating the gifting of Majors David and Deborah Dalberg will
from the Nicobar Islands to provide relief the online courseware for the EMCOM succeed him in the Chicago Metro
and assistance to the VU4 team during Division.
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