Emergency Preparedness – Infants Farewell
The following is text from a SITREP from William Griffith, 315th Wing Deployment Officer and Shelter Commander of 731 people, Keesler AFB, Miss., DAY THREE (30 Aug 05) of Hurricane Katrina:
“. . . SUPPLIES RUNNING OUT. Most critical shortfalls: food, diapers, baby food, and feminine hygiene products. Issue MREs for adults. Assign “Baby POC” (Person Of Command) to track baby supplies. Develop new metric for morning/evening briefings – diaper burn rate. 17 infants in shelter x 5 diapers/day & 4 jars of baby food/day. Have one day supply of diapers, two days of baby food, but at least three more days in the shelter. Luckily, Sanitation Kits (l961 era Civil Defense barrels) include 44-year old feminine products. . .authorize Chaplain to take a small raiding party to Chapel next door to get rocking chairs for parents with small children.” DOES THIS SAY IT ALL ABOUT IMPORTANT RESOURCES?
Special needs folks and infants don’t fare well in emergencies. Preparation keeps them out of the news.
For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).
CATCH THE VISION, GET THE FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.