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Don't like the ending? I understand! There are as many possible endings x 100 as there are readers of this scenario. You obviously do not want the next thing written about you in this scenario to be your obituary. The purpose of this story is for you to realize the EARRS SRV gives you options in any scenario. What you don't want is to be boxed or caged up with no options at all.

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Emergency Amateur Radio Response System

Douglas C. Hoover (Zed)

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W6ZED

So then, what is Emergency Amateur Radio Response System (EARRS), first, second or third responder?

EARRS is made up of Amateur Radio Operators that have little talent or professional training in the various areas of rescue, but simply want to respond to a disaster. They have the desire and heart to serve in any capacity in helping those in desperate need without getting in the way.

I would like to think of EARRS as not 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, but rather "Secondary Responders."


Secondary Responders

A perfect example can be extracted from Hurricane Harvey and from the heroes with little or no emergency training who stepped in, not waiting for the professionals to show up. Some opened their homes to those that no longer had one, others provided water or a meal, a simple helping hand. Many volunteered their boats and saved countless lives (one sports store owner provided $1.5 million in boats), some offered warm clothes, shoes, a Teddy bear or a simple hug and a prayer.


What if the average citizen with little to no emergency training had the means and resources to provide much more than a "helping hand"? That's what EARRS is.


Secondary Responder Vehicle (SRV)

You may ask why is the bulk of the food hidden, weapons on board, and especially an escape hatch? The seems to be more of a "Bug Out Vehicle" as opposed to one for responding to an emergency? It is both! In designing this vehicle, I needed to examine every aspect of its potential use and include the myriad of circumstances and national disasters, with all the possible scenarios related to each disaster type. If we compare a flood such as post-Hurricane Harvey with a devastating earthquake or tornado, for example, the resulting need would be extremely different, with the exception of the obvious housing, food and water. There are more victims in a flood since the destruction of homes reaches beyond the effects of wind damage with unpredictable flood waters.


Victims of a flood need first to be rounded up and dropped off in mass shelter facilities with access and means being overwhelmingly restricted. As a consequence, feeding, clothing and medical care, to name a few, will be administered as whole singular efforts of both first and second responders. In this scenario, any aid you could possibly offer would be infinitesimal regarding how you equipped your SRV.


However, in an earthquake or tornado, unlike a flood, temporary shelter, feeding and water stations can pretty much be established anywhere. These are the circumstances in which Secondary Responders can reach survivors well in advance of First Responders since they cannot be everywhere at once or even in 24 hours, which could be too late.


It is precisely under this circumstance that EARRS with an SRV can administer first aid, provide water and food, plus offer spiritual and moral support. Since one of our single most valuable services is short wave communication, with a 60-ft antenna tower, we are able to contact the first responders after assessing the situation. In addition, we can attempt to get a report out to the victims' families. Many first responders are called out for aid that we could provide, which would permit them to attend to more life threatening calls. Our first aid supplies allow us to handle most non-life threatening injuries such as severe bleeding, broken bones, lacerations, shock, hypothermia, dehydration, etc. These injuries all have a potential to become life threatening if not treated early, but they are tasks EARRS can perform to take some pressure off first responders.

 



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At what point on the horizon does responding to disaster switch to "Survival of the Fittest and Best Prepared?

We all need to respond in some way to a fellow human in desperate need...

In a natural disaster such as the collapse of our economy and dollar, or an EMP attack on our grid system, a pandemic, major earthquake, volcanic eruption, major terrorist attack or WW III, how do you think those ten million first responders will eventually respond, days later? That is, respond to the millions of Americans mobbing groceries for food and water, looters, gangs, taking over neighborhoods demanding whatever they want, and that is not necessarily just food, water, and valuables!  

Do you think those government workers, police, firemen, water, gas and electric plant workers will dutifully show up to work, or rather stay home to protect their families? The aftermath of any of these major national disasters will result in termination of utilities resulting from workers not showing up. 

Riots, looting, and fires will be breaking out in every city for the same reason: self-preservation. If you're a police officer and you have a choice of confronting a furious mob with guns and clubs or be home protecting your wife and kids...you tell me?!

The experts say the city is the last place you want to be following a major disaster. How does that Secondary Responders Vehicle sound now? Will it now convert or transform into a BOV (Bug-out Vehicle)? Are you tarting to wish you owned one? The SRV not only contains enough water and food for five years but provides an incredible hiding place to protect it from looters or even authorities.






The city is in chaos, sirens of all types wailing in the night, the sound of perpetual horns in the distance, angry, frightened drivers in gridlock, quickly losing patience with tempers flaring. Dogs are barking and howling throughout the neighborhood. You have finished loading last-minute items into the truck and your EARRS-SRV. You are leaving the quickly deteriorating city conditions behind for the country, and you've decided to avoid the freeways and take the back streets which are eerily empty of traffic. 

For several days tensions have escalated, fires from looters raging throughout the city. With Martial Law declared, the National Guard has been called in. Downtown resembles a war zone, looters, major vandalism, shootings, rampaging mobs and protesters with clubs. The police are now avoiding this area until the military arrives. The gangs are advancing on neighborhoods south of you, with reports of looting, killing, rapes and burning homes. Finally, you'll be out of here and not a moment too soon.






You manage to reach the country and find a secluded spot a short distance off the main highway, a deserted dirt lane running parallel to an abandoned railroad track. You drive a few hundred yards down the lane to a small grove of trees, perfect camouflage for truck and SRV. Before parking and unhooking the trailer, you grab a shovel and begin digging a 4-ft x 3-ft hole behind the SRV. It only took an hour and still some light remains from the recent sun set. You cautiously back the SRV over the hole, positioning it directly below the escape hatch in the floor. Exhausted from the stressful day, you retire for the night after taking one last walk around the perimeter of the new improvised camp site. 

Startled awake by the sounds of truck doors slamming, you realize it is morning, but still taking a few seconds to reorient yourself. As you finish slipping on pants and a shirt, there comes a startling loud pounding of a fist on the door and an angry gruff voice bellowing "open this door before I kick it in!" Peeking out the port hole you see two men with rifles and one with a hand gun 20 feet from the trailer with the pickup another 20 ft behind them. All their guns are in the raised and ready position. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               



As quietly as possible, you open the escape hatch, grab an 80 lb crossbow with 8" darts, and a 500 Mossberg pistol grip semi-auto pump shotgun. Laying both weapons on the floor beside the hatch,  you sit on the edge of the hatch, lean forward and drop into the prepared hole with a soft, silent thud. The growing excuse for a human at the door is quickly losing it and is now attempting to kick the door in. 

The other three escapees from the San Diego Wild Animal Park are barking threats of bodily harm or death if they have to come in for you.  Reaching up, you grab both weapons, and after laying the gun on the edge of the waist-high hole, you cock the bow, loading a dart. Realizing these creatures have plans to kill you for what you have that they want, you still do not want to use the shot gun, since once started, there could be no other option but finishing it!  The knee cap remover is a last resort. 

From your vantage point, they cannot see you. All you want is to scare the hell out of them without killing anyone or being killed. Your theory is about to be tested as you raise the bow, aiming at the largest, meanest specimen of the three. With the gentle squeeze of the crossbow's trigger, the 8-inch arrow traveling at 160 feet per second is already bone deep in his thigh, with only the sound that a bow string makes. Targeting below the waist assures agonizingly painful results, not a fatal one. With this Neanderthal screaming and clutching his thigh with both hands, the other two, obviously thinking they're next, are frantically firing in every direction at invisible Indians on a war path, having no clue from what direction the arrow came. The gorilla at the door is stumbling backward, desperately trying to catch his balance and change directions, making a beeline for the truck. 

The motivated baboon with the profusely bleeding thigh, still screaming at the top of his lungs, actually passes the other two, reaching the truck first. You decide to add additional motivation for an even hastier retreat by pumping off 8- 12 gauge shells into the air, adding additional terror to the band of terrorized mammals or would-be killers. The pack of escapees will now realize it was not just Indians they were up against, but maybe a few cowboys.  The last ape dives into the back of the truck as it lurches forward with all four tires stirring up great clouds of dust and gravel as they barrel down the dirt lane to the highway.  


 

As a Ham Operator and volunteer in emergencies and disasters, you can now lend more to help than just your voice on a radio. EARRS (Emergency Amateur Radio Response System) now provides the tools necessary to help greatly in any disaster with food water first aid and much more...

The following story is about YOU; however, before reading it, familiarize yourself with the EARRS SRV vehicle by watching the slide show at the top of the page.

Emergency Amateur Radio Response System


Understanding This Communications Resource

Ham radio operators come in all ages and from all lifestyles and are essentially neighbors in the community. Each licensee has passed one or more extensive knowledge test covering a multitude of topics, including FCC rules, operator and station license responsibilities, operating procedures and practices, radio propagation, electrical principles and electronic circuits, common transmitter and receiver problems, antenna measurements and troubleshooting, basic repair and testing, non-voice communications, antennas and feed lines, AC power circuits, and safety.

Since ham radio is their hobby, many hams have decades of radio communications experience. Some may have professional broadcasting experience, and others may be current or former first responders. From standards that have arisen with the introduction of the National Incident Management System, ARES and RACES members may also:

  • Be registered emergency/disaster workers under state law;
  • Possess certificates (sometimes many) for FEMA training classes;
  • Have passed law enforcement background checks; 
  • Be engaged in other volunteer activities such as Search and Rescue (SAR);
  • Volunteer for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Statistical Facts about Our Nation's First Responders: The federal government estimates that there are over 10 million First Responders in the United States. There are over one million fire fighters in the United States, of which approximately 750,000 are volunteers.

Ham radio operators, men and women of all ages  have been volunteering their radios and experience for decades to help in a variety of situations, from co-ordinating local public events to lending aid in emergencies and disasters. There have been many occasions in which a Ham radio operator wished he or she could do more to help or just be more hands-on in these tragic situations


Q: People often talk about “first responders” and how they are heroes. Are there second and third responders? Can they be heroes, too?

A: Although I’ve seldom heard them called such, yes, there are second and third responders; and, in my personal opinion, anyone helping people whose lives have been devastated by an accident, fire or natural disaster can be considered a hero.
When disasters occur, there are three types of needs and three types of responders based on what those needs are.
First responders carry out the immediate work of rescue and medical care. Second responders support the first responders by providing clothes, food, water and short-term shelter as well as working to restore utilities, road-clearing, crowd control, sanitation and social services such as trauma counseling. Some estimates say there may be 3-10 second responders for every first responder. 
But after, say, a tornado or hurricane, it may take months for life to become normal again. Here is where the third responders come in —to assist in the rebuilding of people’s lives over the long haul.
This is typically the point when things get emotionally tough. Third responders provide people in the affected communities with social support networks that enable them to rebuild and restructure their lives according to their needs and interests.

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