Part II in the series; Part I here.
Civil Defense Organization – Engineers
* By far the largest and most general of the three branches; “engineers” chosen as a generic term for the types of tasks to be handled by this cohort.
* On the scene (Ground Zero) of the incident.
* Has the most contact with the public.
* Members must be physically and mentally fit enough to carry out the tasks assigned to them.
* Because of the close contact in chaotic circumstances, strict integrity and background standards are required of this group. The possession of a CCW permit is the minimum standard as all of these individuals have been vetted by their local sheriff who has used state and FBI databases to ensure that the individuals have no serious prior criminal record.
* Works closely with local authorities, particularly the fire/rescue departments and local Red Cross chapter, prior to the disaster to maximize training, and, therefore, effectiveness.
* Tasks include, but are not limited to:
o Search and rescue – How to do it without aggravating an existing problem or becoming a victim themselves.
o Rudimentary fire fighting – This does not involve entering burning buildings and extinguishing them, but rather protecting exposures so fire doesn’t move from one building to the next.
o Helping set up field sanitation facilities for the displaced.
o Helping set up temporary shelter for the displaced.
o Clearing objects from roads so emergency traffic can pass.
o Hazard evaluation and mitigation.
o Running water rescue flotillas.
o Providing and coordinating ferry service across rivers if bridges are damaged in the event of an earthquake or similar disaster.
o If there are enough resources for equipment and training, building of Bailey Bridges or similar bridges over rivers where earthquakes have destroyed the existing bridges.
o Helping with the transport of the injured and evacuees.
o Helping train neighbors and coworkers with disaster preparedness.
o Helping provide radiation fallout reports in the event of a nuclear war or disaster.
o Helping other entities with resource distribution.
o Helping with the care of the deceased.