Posted by: Green Knight | August 29, 2012

National Preparedness Coalition

I should’ve mentioned this a few days ago when I posted on home and small business safety, but I was focusing more on the UL stuff.  I guess FEMA’s been reinventing itself after the Katrina fiasco 7 years ago (they wouldn’t let people take their pets with them, for one), and now they have this outfit mentioned as the title of this post. They are getting into community awareness issues, even for churches in terms of evacuation plans, which is a good thing. I used to be the admin for hazmat and animal rescue pages on a site for firefighters and EMS workers, which is pretty much defunct these days, sadly. At any rate, I’ve been talking about those issues in one spot or another for several years, and this NPC thing has the potential to tie it all together. Join up and be part of the forum by going to: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM.

Having talked about pets in disasters in that previous post, and my cat rescue stuff on the one yesterday, I was thinking more about that issue. Most veterinarians have red & white stickers that you can put on your doors to indicate to firefighters how many cats, dogs, or “other” you have inside, so they can look out for and rescue them in an emergency. Very good idea. In a fire or other emergency, you can get your cat, dog, snake, hamster, bird, or whatever out, with luck, but there’s not much you can do to take your tropical fish along. And now I’m reminded of the scene in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” where he rescues the animals from a burning pet shop, saving the snakes for last (unlike the character, I happen to like snakes).

For a further bit of synchronicity, with Hurricane Isaac making landfall 7 years after Katrina, in my post yesterday on low-impact living I discussed the straw-bale “tipi” houses being built on Pine Ridge reservation. If you follow the link and read Mr. Engels’ blog on the project, he mentions the stink about the temporary housing trailers used after Katrina having unhealthy levels of formaldehyde from wallboard and other materials, and how refugees were being exposed. Remember that? Well, guess where the toxic trailers ended up? Yep, on Indian reservations. Will we ever stop dumping on the First Americans?

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