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Friday, June 2, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #6

(This picture is just one of many scenes of Huricane Matthew's devestation to our area that I'll be sharing throughout this class.  I do not remember where I got this picture so I can't give credit.  I took many photos myself and others were shared with me so please understand if I can't give the proper credit for each photo I'll be sharing.)

You’re now in the second week of the disaster.  The water has receded and the roads are now visible so it is conceivable that you might be able to go for a ride outside your neighborhood.  Before you get very far you realize that since your return from your mandatory evacuation a massive tree as fallen across the road and you are blocked in, there is no alternate route out of your neighborhood.   You and several others are working together to remove the tree when you fall and get a ½ inch gash in your leg and it is bleeding.  At this point you don’t know how deep it is.  What are you going to do?  Are you going to take time to treat it or are you just going to go on your way?  Do you have the ability to treat it? Remember, nothing is coming in and what you have is what you use.

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


18 comments:

  1. Fortunately my husband has two chainsaws, one large and one small, so that will be helpful. About the cut, I'd definitely stop to treat that, but I'll have to go back to the house to do so. I guess I should have a small first aid kit in each car.

    Marney

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    1. Marney, we keep a first aid kit in our vehicle. You never know when you're going to need a little first aid when you're out and about.

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  2. I forgot to ask why is the road buckled? Is that from the downed tree? It's what I'd expect during an earthquake, which is a likely natural disaster where I live. I didn't know a hurricane could cause such damage.

    Marney

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    1. Marney, the road was buckled by the flooding waters. This was a bridge. Many roads were damaged by flooding waters and some took months to get repaired. Of course, that meant closed roads. Hurricanes can cause alot of damage!

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    2. Marney when hurricane fran came though here in the 90's it knocked over a HUGH (well over 100 years old) white oak tree in my neighbors yard. It fell across our driveway and we couldn't get out until we helped them get it cut up and piled up for pick up. Which took us 2 days to do because the tree was so massive. It then took the city sanitation department over 2 weeks to get it cleaned up after the storm. Like Patsy said, hurricanes cause a lot of damage and I live 4 hours from the coast.

      Shelliajean

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    3. Hi Patsy and Shelliajen,

      Thanks so much for the info. I had no idea! And no, I don't watch the news!:) ( Listen to it on the radio though, but that's quite a different thing). I guess we all have our potential difficulties to prepare for. Thanks for the help to do so.

      Marney

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    4. Tornado's can knock down trees and do as much damage as a hurricane. Just because you live in an area where hurricanes are less likely, doesn't mean you won't have trees knocked down during storms. We don't have tornado's often in our area, but they do occur and is something we need to be prepared for, just in case.

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  3. Good question ... I think there's a first aid kit in the trunk. Going to have to check that after work. If not, I'm going to need to use a piece of a towel (I keep a couple in the car for doggie emergencies) to tie a temporary bandage until I can get home to properly wanitize the wound (alcohol and peroxide on hand), apply antiseptic salve, and properly bandage the cut. In my old neighborhood, this is a real scenario, as I had a huge limb come down in a storm, blocking the drive to the point that I couldn't get my car out for work. Luckily, a couple of electric company workers were just down the street, taking care of downed lines, caused by other falling tree limbs. They were kind enough to help me move the branches and cut up the one that was well beyond my strength and agility!

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    1. Downed trees are a realty in a hurricane situation and sometimes we're just not able to do anything but wait until help arrives ... and sometimes that help can take a while to get there depending on where you live and how many down trees in the area there are to be dealt with!

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  4. My hubby has a chain saw and always has fuel on hand for it so we would go get that and start helping with the tree. We have a good size first aid kit in all of our vehicles. I would have to stop and treat the wound, which could be a problem for me since I'm on a blood thinner and bleeding is hard to stop. But, if I don't have the necessary supplies in my car first aid kit I know I do at home. So a trip home might be in order to take care of my injury.

    Shelliajean

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    1. Shelliajean, good for you, just knowing you could handle a situation like this would bring you comfort during what is most definitely a stressful situation.

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    2. I thought about this injury situation some more, once I got back home I would grad one of the instant ice packs I keep on hand to help slow down the flow of blood from my injury. I think I'll be adding one of these instant ice packs to each of the first aid kits in our vehicles as well. And while I was out this week I added another case of water to my water storage and I'll be getting more soon

      Shelliajean

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  5. Normally, my dad would be doing the clean up work and have the ladies of the house not get involved. But this time, we all were helping to get the job done faster.

    If Dad had been the one to get hurt, he would have kept going until someone insisted he at least cover it so he didn't bleed all over everything!

    Since it was me, I'll be going home to tend the wound. I have a small first aid kit as a part of my car emergency bag, but we brought my dad's work car and he doesn't have anything I can use.

    At home we have a couple first aid kits plus various other supplies, including wound-cleansing wipes (as well as soap and water and hydrogen peroxide), antibiotic ointment (we usually use raw honey on cuts and burns, but are out of that - always good to have a backup!). We have regular adhesive bandages as well as gauze pads and medical tape. If we need a compress for a badly bleeding wound, we have a stash of feminine pads that absorb a lot of blood.

    This injury looks fairly minor, but my sister and I both are certified in first aid (as well as CPR) and in addition to the skills, have the manuals to guide us through the steps if stress causes to forget what to do.

    -Susan O.

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    1. Susan, way to go!!! You are prepared in this area ... certified in first aid (and CPR) ... very good!!!

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  6. Well, my husband is not very good with chainsaws but I think we have one around the house. If there were other people there, I'm sure we'd pitch in to help.

    As for the wound, I do not carry a first aid kit in the car (probably should though). We'd find something to use over the wound until we could drive home, where we have plenty of bandage material. About a year ago I bought a large cardboard box full of sterile gauze,telfa pads plus other bandage and medical supplies. Since my mom is a retired nurse and I was a veterinary technician, I'm sure we could treat this gash without access to medical help. Although I would probably clean the wound well (clean water and possibly hydrogen peroxide if there is debris in the wound), maybe apply some antiseptic cream (I'm hesitant if the wound looks deep as it may cause other problems), then apply sterile bandaging. I do know how to suture wounds, but I wouldn't do this unless I was desperate, the wound would not stop bleeding (very deep cut) and could not access medical help for an extended time. I have no antibiotics to give and closing up the wound may cause problems with infection. I would change the bandaging once a day to check for healing and signs of infection. Luckily, my tetanus shot is up to date. I would try to find a route to the hospital or call 911 if I felt the wound needed further medical attention!

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  7. I have plenty of first aid items at home, not much of anything in the car. The heads up about the Tetanus shot is a good reminder. Both my husband and I are current on that.

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  8. We all have chainsaws and other saws out here as well as chains and 4wd & tractors for moving the tree. Several neighbors heat with wood so they will be happy for this. The injury--One neighbor is a nurse. If it looks very bad; I'd go to her. If it's superficial, I'd use a clean hanky to bind it and when we get home, dress it as well as I can. Ice and elevate to keep it from swelling. EOs on hand as well as other first aid items. I'd be getting more nervous about DH's meds. They will be running low soon.

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  9. Would use first aid kit in car. Use Sterile water to clean. have some butterfly stitches in kit. I would use them and apply a dressing until I could get help or advice. Can't help with Chainsaw but I can pulls branches away.

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