LessonsLearned

Useful Information for Disaster Planning & Recovery


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This is an old post from a mailing list I used to follow. Just replace the word "earthquake" with the word "fire".

Subj:   [SALT] Earthquake lessons from 1989             
From:   "Stewart Brand" <sb@gbn.org>
Date:   Tue, April 18, 2006 12:25 pm                    
  To:   salt@list.longnow.org

Since nearly everyone on this list is in the earthquake-lively Bay Area, you may have use for what I learned from being accidentally in the midst of rescue efforts by volunteers in the Marina District, which was severely shaken by the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.  We had runaway fire and loss of life.

The full article I wrote has been kindly reprinted by WorldChanging.com:
 <http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/004327.html#more>

The core story from that day is that in a large-scale emergency volunteers do most of the real rescuing.  Everyone should know the harsh lessons we learned that day:

What Rescuers Learned

* Right after an earthquake, nobody's in charge. You self-start, or nothing happens.

* Collect tools!

* If you can smell gas, turn it off.

* After an earthquake, further building collapse is not the main danger. Fire is.

* When you see a fire starting, do ANYTHING to stop it, right now.

* In any collapsed building, assume there are people trapped alive. Locate them, let them know everything will be done to get them out.

* Searching a building, call out, "Anybody in here? Anybody need help? Shout or bang on something if you can hear me."

* Give people who are trapped all the information you've got, and enlist their help. Treat them not as helpless victims but as an exceptionally motivated part of the rescue team.

* Join a team or start a team. Divide up the tasks. Encourage leadership to emerge.

* Most action in a disaster is imitative. Most effective leadership is by example.

* Bystanders make the convenient assumption that everything is being taken care of by the people already helping. That's seldom accurate.

* If you want to help, ask! If you want to be helped, ask!

* Volunteers are always uncertain whether they're doing the right thing. They need encouragement-from professionals, from other volunteers, from passers-by.


HOME INVENTORY

HOME AREAS:

[ ] Living Room
[ ] Family Room or Den
[ ] Home Office / Study / Library
[ ] Kitchen and Pantry
[ ] Dining Room
[ ] Bedroom
[ ] Clothing – Men
[ ] Clothing - Women
[ ] Clothing - Children
[ ] Bathrooms
[ ] Laundry Room
[ ] Exercise Room
[ ] Porch or Patio
[ ] Garage or Shed
[ ] Attic/Basement or Storage Area


Living Room

[ ] Air Conditioner (window)
[ ] Blinds/Shades
[ ] Bookcases
[ ] Books
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Carpets
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Chests
[ ] Clocks
[ ] Coffee Table
[ ] Collections (coin, stamp, etc)
[ ] Computer
[ ] Couches/Sofas
[ ] Curtains/Drapes
[ ] Cushions
[ ] Desks
[ ] End Table
[ ] Entertainment Center
[ ] Fireplace Fixtures
[ ] Lamps/lighting fixtures
[ ] Mirrors
[ ] Musical Instruments
[ ] Piano
[ ] Pictures/Paintings
[ ] Planters
[ ] Records/Tapes/CD/Videos
[ ] Rugs
[ ] Shelves
[ ] Stereo Equipment
[ ] Tables
[ ] Television Sets
[ ] Vases
[ ] Wall units

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Family Room or Den

[ ] Blinds/Shades
[ ] Bookcases
[ ] Books
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Carpets
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Chests
[ ] Clocks
[ ] Collections (coin, stamp, etc)
[ ] Computer
[ ] Couches/Sofas
[ ] Curtains/Drapes
[ ] Cushions
[ ] Desks
[ ] Entertainment Center
[ ] Exercise Equipment
[ ] Fireplace Fixtures
[ ] Game Sets
[ ] Game Tables
[ ] Lamps/Lighting fixtures
[ ] Mirrors
[ ] Musical Instruments
[ ] Piano
[ ] Pictures/Paintings
[ ] Planters
[ ] Records/Tapes/CD/Videos
[ ] Rugs
[ ] Stereo Equipment
[ ] Tables
[ ] Television Sets
[ ] Vases
[ ] Wall Units

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Home Office / Study / Library

[ ] Answering Machine
[ ] Appliances
[ ] Blinds/Shades
[ ] Bookcases
[ ] Books
[ ] Business Supplies
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Camera
[ ] Carpets
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Chandeliers
[ ] Chests
[ ] Clocks
[ ] Collections (coin, stamp, etc)
[ ] Computer Accessories*
[ ] Computer(s)
[ ] Couches/Sofas
[ ] Curtains/Draperies
[ ] Cushions
[ ] Desks
[ ] Entertainment Center
[ ] Fax Machine
[ ] Files
[ ] Filing Cabinet
[ ] Fireplace Equipment
[ ] Fixtures
[ ] Lamps/Lighting Fixtures
[ ] Manuscripts
[ ] Mirrors
[ ] Musical Instruments
[ ] Paintings
[ ] PDAs
[ ] Photographs
[ ] Piano
[ ] Pictures/Paintings
[ ] Planters
[ ] Plants
[ ] Printer
[ ] Radio
[ ] Records/Tapes/CD/Videos
[ ] Rugs
[ ] Scanner
[ ] Stereo Equipment
[ ] Stocks, Bonds, Securities
[ ] Tables
[ ] Tape Recorder
[ ] Telephones
[ ] Television Sets
[ ] Vases
[ ] Wall Units

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Kitchen and Pantry

[ ] Blender
[ ] Blinds
[ ] Bowls
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Carts
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Clocks
[ ] Coffee Grinder
[ ] Coffee Maker
[ ] Computer
[ ] Convection oven
[ ] Curtains
[ ] Cutlery
[ ] Dishes
[ ] Dishwasher
[ ] Electric Broiler
[ ] Electric Can Opener
[ ] Electric Mixer
[ ] Electric Skillet
[ ] Espresso Maker
[ ] Floor Covering
[ ] Floor Polisher
[ ] Food Processor
[ ] Food Supplies
[ ] Freezer
[ ] Glassware
[ ] Ice Cream Maker
[ ] Juicer
[ ] Light fixtures
[ ] Linens
[ ] Liquor/wine
[ ] Microwave Oven
[ ] Organizers
[ ] Oven
[ ] Pans
[ ] Phone/Answering Machine
[ ] Pictures/Wall Hangings
[ ] Popcorn maker
[ ] Pots
[ ] Radio/TV
[ ] Range
[ ] Refrigerator
[ ] Shelves
[ ] Small Appliances
[ ] Spices
[ ] Step-Stool
[ ] Stove
[ ] Tables
[ ] Toaster
[ ] Towels
[ ] Trash compactor
[ ] Utensils
[ ] Vacuum cleaner
[ ] Vases
[ ] Wine cooler/refrigerator

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Dining Room

[ ] Blinds/Shades
[ ] Buffet
[ ] Carpet/Rugs
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Chandeliers
[ ] Chests
[ ] China
[ ] China Cabinet
[ ] Crystal Curtains/rugs
[ ] Lamps
[ ] Linens
[ ] Mirrors
[ ] Pictures/Painting
[ ] Planters
[ ] Rugs
[ ] Serving Pieces
[ ] Serving Table/Cart
[ ] Sideboards
[ ] Silverware
[ ] Tables
[ ] Tea or Coffee Set

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Bedroom

(have one list for each bedroom)

[ ] Air Conditioner (window)
[ ] Bed
[ ] Bedding
[ ] Blankets
[ ] Compact Disks
[ ] Comforter
[ ] Blinds/Shades
[ ] Bookcases
[ ] Books
[ ] Mattress/Box Spring
[ ] Bureaus
[ ] Computer
[ ] Chairs
[ ] Chests
[ ] Clocks
[ ] Curtains/Draperies
[ ] Decorative Items
[ ] Desks
[ ] Dressers
[ ] File Cabinet
[ ] Jewelry*
[ ] Lamps
[ ] Mirrors
[ ] Planters
[ ] Nightstand
[ ] Dressing Table
[ ] Printer
[ ] Pictures/Paintings
[ ] Pillows
[ ] Rugs
[ ] Radio
[ ] Sheets/Pillow Cases
[ ] Stereo Equipment
[ ] Tables
[ ] Toys (childrens' bedrooms)

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Clothing – Men

[ ] Accessories
[ ] Belts
[ ] Briefcase
[ ] Boots
[ ] Coats
[ ] Formal wear
[ ] Gloves
[ ] Golf clothing
[ ] Gym bag
[ ] Hats
[ ] Jackets
[ ] Jeans
[ ] Lioncloth
[ ] Neckties
[ ] Nightwear
[ ] Raincoats
[ ] Pants
[ ] Scarves
[ ] Shirts
[ ] Shoes
[ ] Slacks
[ ] Sports Jackets
[ ] Swimsuits
[ ] Sandals
[ ] Ski clothing
[ ] Suits
[ ] Tennis clothing
[ ] Ties
[ ] Socks
[ ] Sneakers
[ ] Sweaters
[ ] Sweatshirts and pants
[ ] Underwear

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Clothing - Women

[ ] Shoes
[ ] Accessories
[ ] Bathing Suits
[ ] Belts
[ ] Boots
[ ] Blouses
[ ] Shoes
[ ] Coats
[ ] Dresses
[ ] Furs*
[ ] Formal Wear/Gowns
[ ] Gloves
[ ] More Shoes
[ ] Golf Clothing
[ ] Gym Clothing
[ ] Handbags
[ ] Hats
[ ] Hosiery
[ ] Jackets
[ ] Shoes Again
[ ] Lingerie
[ ] Nightwear
[ ] Raincoats
[ ] Sandals
[ ] Scarves
[ ] Ski cloths Shoes
[ ] Skirts
[ ] Heels
[ ] Slacks Sneakers
[ ] Suits
[ ] Sweaters
[ ] Tennis Clothing
[ ] Leftover Shoes

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Clothing - Children

[ ] Accessories
[ ] Bathing Suits
[ ] Belts
[ ] Boots
[ ] Blouses
[ ] Coats
[ ] Dresses
[ ] Gloves
[ ] Gym Clothing
[ ] Hats
[ ] Hosiery
[ ] Jackets
[ ] Nightwear
[ ] Raincoats
[ ] Sandals
[ ] Scarves
[ ] Snow clothes
[ ] Shoes
[ ] Skirts
[ ] Slacks
[ ] Sneakers
[ ] Sweaters

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Bathrooms

[ ] Medicines

[ ] Bath Accessories
[ ] Bathmats
[ ] Bed Linens
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Clothes Hampers
[ ] Cosmetics
[ ] Curling Iron
[ ] Curtains
[ ] Draperies
[ ] Electric Appliances
[ ] Electric Toothbrush
[ ] Floor Covering
[ ] Hair Dryers
[ ] Heated Towel Rack
[ ] Linens
[ ] Mirrors (portable)
[ ] Organizers
[ ] Pictures
[ ] Robes
[ ] Scale
[ ] Soap Dish
[ ] Tables
[ ] Toiletries
[ ] Towels

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Laundry Room

[ ] Cleaning supplies
[ ] Clothes dryer
[ ] Clothes washer
[ ] Iron
[ ] Ironing Board
[ ] Ladders
[ ] Miscellaneous

Exercise Room

[ ] Accessories
[ ] Barbells
[ ] Dumbbells
[ ] Exercise equipment (other)
[ ] Mats
[ ] Nautilus Machine
[ ] Pictures
[ ] Plants
[ ] Rowing machine
[ ] Scale
[ ] Stationary bicycle
[ ] Tapes
[ ] Television
[ ] Treadmill
[ ] Water cooler
[ ] Weight plates
[ ] Yoga mats

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Porch or Patio

[ ] Chairs
[ ] Decorations
[ ] Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
[ ] Lamp/light Fixtures
[ ] Outdoor cooking equipment
[ ] Planters
[ ] Rugs/Mats
[ ] Statues
[ ] Tables
[ ] Umbrellas

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Garage or Shed

[ ] Bicycles
[ ] Carpentry tools/Supplies
[ ] Furniture
[ ] Garden Tools/Supplies
[ ] Ladders
[ ] Lawn Mower
[ ] Luggage/Trunks
[ ] Outdoor games
[ ] Small Boats
[ ] Sports Equipment
[ ] Sprinklers/hoses
[ ] Step-stools
[ ] Tools (large)
[ ] Toys
[ ] Trailers
[ ] Wheelbarrow
[ ] Wood
[ ] Workbench

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

Attic/Basement or Storage Area

[ ] Air Conditioner
[ ] Awnings
[ ] Books
[ ] Cabinets
[ ] Dehumidifer
[ ] Fans
[ ] Freezer
[ ] Furniture
[ ] Game Table
[ ] Holiday Decorations
[ ] Keepsakes
[ ] Ladders
[ ] Luggage
[ ] Portable Heaters
[ ] Refrigerator
[ ] Tools
[ ] Sports Equipment
[ ] Toys
[ ] Storage Trunks
[ ] Vacuum Cleaner
[ ] Wine refrigerator

[ ] Miscellaneous
[ ] OTHER

[ ] Wow, we've got a lot of STUFF!



CAVERN.mobi Wiki: LessonsLearned (last edited 2018-09-06 22:18:27 by CRFddt)