Since 1953 Michigan has had an average of 17 tornadoes a year touch down. What if any one of Michigan’s tornados was as destructive as the recent tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri (2011); Henryville, Indiana (2012) or most recently Moore, Oklahoma (2013) that killed 182 people and injured 1527 collectively? One of those tornadoes had a peek width of 1.3 miles cutting a path 17 miles long. What would the response be like? Keep in mind, in addition to the actual disaster, the response to the disaster is just as important to memories people have of the incident. An example of this is the levy break after Hurricane Katrina. Despite many responders performing heroic acts, it was the deficient aspects of the response that drew the majority of the attention.
That is why we must be prepared to respond quickly, efficiently and safely to natural disasters such as tornadoes and earthquakes along with possible widespread terrorist attacks. Though initial damage assessments may seem catastrophic and possibly insurmountable, the incident can be managed successfully.
The 30-hour Large Scale Incident Search course teaches the participants to apply proven response and search techniques to be able to respond quickly and efficiently while maintaining safety. Classroom content covers search strategies, phases, modes and considerations, the FEMA Search and Rescue Marking System, and how it translates to a Large Scale Incident search. Workshops include performing all phases of search, hands-on practice with search cameras, hand held GPS units, compasses, mapping, and performing grid searches. The final day of class, participants are challenged with a Large Scale Incident Search exercise to test the skills they have learned. MUSAR Training Foundation is the only place in the nation offering this type of class.
** This is a new class for 2014