04/22/11 77 W - + 3 - 1 Stories of the Storms

Couple local and regional stories from the storm, about the emergency personnel involved in the activities that day. What others have been published or posted?

I am looking forward to some sort of an after action report (AAR) from a couple of agencies that describes what went good during the initial emergency response, but more especially what went wrong or rather what was difficult. I somehow feel there will not be much detail reported as there was a tremendous reactive posture taken by all since the storm moved fast and the damage was relatively unpredictable. Regardless, what about planning for the “next one” or similar incidents? What have we learned from this one? How can we incorporate our recent experience into a larger scale process of response for future incidents?

I would especially like to see a formal synopsis of what RFD-NCTF8, EMS, ECC, and county FDs encountered from a command and control perspective so it may be used for improvement later; and these lessons learned may augment existing procedures or even evolve existing master plans. For example, the 800 mhz/CAD system seemed to fail due to overload. How do we adjust (functionally and procedurally) to a tremendous communications gap in the middle of an incident of this magnitude? Plan “B” should be written and practiced. From an analytical perspective, there is MUCH to learn from this “event.” Sometimes simply saying we did a “good job” really means that we “did good” with what we currently understood within the procedures established and the resources available. Hopefully there is more to come. Happy Easter to everyone and remember the significance of this weekend!
A.C. Rich - 04/22/11 - 09:47

100 Watt VHF Mobiles were looking pretty good about the time all the 800 radios crashed.
ncff - 04/22/11 - 22:09

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