Local

September 27, 2013

Team shows how managing emergencies, preparedness is year-around job

Phillip Langhus, a 412th Test Wing Emergency Management specialist in the Plans and Programs section, demonstrates one of the communication capabilities available to base personnel inside the Incident Command Post trailer Sep. 18., in front of the Base Exchange. The EM team is trained to ensure they provide the base and community with the best possible information in order for base personnel to be able to safely respond to and recover from small and large disasters.

While National Preparedness Month usually serves as a once-a-year reminder to prepare any and all for emergency situations, the Edwards Emergency Management team is here to provide additional preparation for all base personnel in case of a crisis year around.

“All bases have an Emergency Management team, I always explain it to others as if we were an annex or subset of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the base level,” said Michael Feyerle, 412th Test Wing Emergency Management chief. “We are the installation’s subject matter experts when it comes to preparing the community and our leaders on preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural or manmade disasters. We are the tactical SME’s for ensuring command and control functions are established and exercised prior to responding to real world events.”

To better understand the Emergency Management construct and mission, Feyerle said the branch consists of four sections: Planning, Training, Logistics and Operations.

“Planning is charged with developing the Installation Emergency Management Plan 10-2, this plan is the source document used by all units, levels of leadership and first responders for responding to and recovering from a variety of natural and/or manmade disasters,” said Feyerle. “They are also responsible for reviewing and coordinating all subsequent installation plans and ensuring that plans work in sequence with one another.”

In addition to this, Feyerle said the Planning section ensures the base populace is provided with an array of preparedness training, to include dispersing preparedness educational material.

Russell Warner, an Emergency Management specialist in the Plans and Programs section, speaks to a base employee during an EM demonstration in light of National Preparedness Month in front of the Base Exchange Sep. 18. The EM team had the Incident Command Post trailer on display for the base community to see and were handing out information pamphlets on how to prepare for natural or man-made disasters.

“This section along with the other sections interact with all three surrounding counties and Department of Defense installations to ensure a common operating picture is developed and community relationships are established prior to a disaster striking,” added Feyerle.

The Training section is charged with scheduling and tracking training for branch personnel as well as the base populace, according to Miranda Harris, Emergency Management specialist in the Training section.

“Training schedules and provides training for base personnel during newcomer’s orientation and squadron commander’s calls,” said Harris. “The section schedules and provides training for Shelter In-Place, Air Force Emergency Responders Course, Unit Control Center and, for our warfighters, we provide the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) hands-on training. This training is provided by our staff prior to personnel deployments and permanent change of station.”

As for Logistics, Feyerle said this section is charged with identifying, procuring and maintaining Emergency Response equipment and funding.

“The section is also responsible for obtaining other units capability shortfalls and attempts to fund and procure equipment for First responders,” added Feyerle.

Within the Operations section, EM specialists here are charged with ensuring the Installation Emergency Operations Control Center and Incident Command Post is maintained and fully operational, 24 hours a day, according to Phillip Langhus, Emergency Management specialist in the Plans and Programs section.

“Specialists in this section are also highly trained as emergency responders and respond to events involving CBRNE type threats,” Langhus said.

With the integration of all these sections in EM, Feyerle said the team’s most important goal is ensuring the base is prepared for natural disasters most common to Edwards.

“In California, our most obvious threats are earthquakes. These disasters are sleeping giants and all personnel should put some effort into preparing for the onset and aftereffects of a seismic event,” said Feyerle. “Secondly, and more frequently, personnel should be familiar with our high winds and dust storms. These events come quickly and can be severe if precautions are not taken.”

The reason Feyerle and the rest of his team stress preparedness year around is because they believe preparedness starts at home.

“During a major disaster, EM and first responders will respond to the most devastating of areas or population first. Resources will be limited at best and priorities will have to be established,” said Russell Warner, Emergency Management specialist in the Plans and Programs section. “The rule of thumb is all personnel and their families should first be prepared to maintain basic day-to-day functions for at least 72 hours. This includes having medications on hand, some foods and water available in a kit and plans for possible relocation, either to a shelter or to another family member’s home. One of the best planning tools is to identify bug-out locations and rally points in addition to having family contact information handy and to communicate or practice these plans with your family.”

Other events that the team trains on throughout the year are smaller scenarios, but scenarios that can still impact a person’s way of life if not ready.

“Events such as heat waves, power outages, flash flooding are all smaller compared to earthquakes and impact smaller numbers, but if we are prepared, personnel can overcome these small but significant events much more confident, while minimizing stress and possible injury from not having the knowledge on what precautions to take” added Warner.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs May 22, 2015

North Gate safety alert SAFETY ALERT! Due to mechanical issues with the North Gate, there have been large metal plates installed over gaps in the roadway while repair operations are being scheduled. Drivers should exercise caution and reduce speeds in these areas. In inclement weather and blowing dust, the plates may become slippery and vehicles,...
 
 

Education Center Open House May 27

The Edwards AFB Education Center will be hosting an Open House†that will be open to all military and their family members, and civilians working on Edwards 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 27. The Education and Training†Center is located on 140 Methusa Ave., Bldg. 2453. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the Ed Center staff...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards youth ‘conquer’ the gift of giving, volunteering

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara A youth group from the Base Chapel’s Catholic parish, called The Conquerors, took time to raise funds and donate money to the base’s local Adopt-A-Pet (APET) shelter May 18. APET is a ...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

JetHawks tickets donated for Military Appreciation Week

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Left to Right: Col. David Radomski, 412th Test Wing vice commander, Allison Hastings, Donald Collins, Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th TW command chief, Carole Sarian and Jason Siegen. ...
 
 

NASA’S American Eatery Menu

May 26-29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bldg. 4825 Monday Closed Tuesday Spaghetti with meatballs Side salad & garlic bread Wednesday Taco salad Beef or turkey Thursday Teriyaki chicken Fried rice & egg roll Friday Meat loaf Mashed Potatoes w/ gravy Vegetables All Blue Plate specials: $7.89 Drink not included. Medium beverage $1.99, large $2.09
 
 
general-visit

Brig. Gen. Kirkland visits 412th MXG

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Brig. Gen. Donald Kirkland (center), director of logistics at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, speaks to aircraft maintainers assigned to the 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>