For all of your offers of help in the Search and rescue/general help activity I have been attempting to facilitate. I have just gotten off the phone with Lt. Col. Tom Miller of the New orleans E.O.C. (emergency operations center) who is also in cherge of Orleans Parrish CERT who has informed me that though slow the wheels of government turn VERY slowly, the =governors of several states have finally volunteered enough National guard troops to facilitate the needed bodies and supplies/efforts, etc needed to get NOLA back into some degree of control. There are 4500 troops pledged and I know that 450 of my friends local guard unit were just given activation and shipping orders to fly out tomorrow. As such Lt.Col. Miller informed me that had we gotten there in the first day or two we would have been a great boon to their efforts, but with the guard, the us marshalls, the navy, and the coast guard, not to mention the state police and all the red cross and other volunteers they have on site they have it covered now.
THe fires are being contained, diesel fuel is being trucked to generators through the streets, they have many more helicopters now, and dry LZ's have been set up. While far from over, the need of a bunch of volunteers with big hearts are n o longer needed in the capacity I have found us able to offer. My thanks again to you all for your offers, and interest.
What he did request was that upon my informing him of the efforts here that we take advantage of the fast track training through the red cross for exactly this type of emergency. New orleans and others are going to still need help even once all the people are safe. THey need help, counseling, food, shelter, and these things the red cross is fantastic at.
THey are currently offering training for those who can commit to a 21 day tour in the area in what they call a High risk state, meaning very little comfort, long hours, hard work, maybe bad tasting food, and cheap coffee, but if you can commit to it they will train you and get you there transport you around, and get you back at the end of your tour rotaion of 21 days. there are already portland chapters ont he ground there and they will rotate back in 21 days and a new crew will go in and this is going to continue for some time. Classes are currntly booked through the end of the month but in late sept early october they have more openings, and will likely ship in early october to the site as training is only 2 days.
here are again the links I had posted for those willing to learn about survival for free paid for by FEMA and train yourselves to be a help in future events.
if you are untrained and would like free training to help in future issues should you desire as there are always going to be future problems check here.
General Portland Metro contacts list in PDF:http://www.oregon.feb.gov/ofeb_docs/CERTcontacts.pdf
Red Cross Training:http://redcross-pdx.org/services/Disaster_services_overview.shtml
Federal level information, with listings for all regions
Thanks again portland for all your kindness and offers. All whom I have spoken with appreciate your offers of help and concern.