In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Zac James of Salty Water Rescue Crew. Zac is an EMT with a specialization in water rescue and remote emergency medicine and responded to Hurricane Micheal in the Panama Beach area with the NGO Salty Water Rescue Crew. CAP is flexing its journalistic muscles by bringing our audience a first-hand account of the devastation and providing insight into what happens in the hours and days following a storm.
During a natural disaster, most people wisely try to get as far away as possible. A few brave souls move in the back through the fleeing throng of humanity to be ready to respond. The first 24-48 hours following a disaster can be the most lethal. The demand is real.
Topics of note
- Rapid response report from Mexico Beach in Panama City
- The surgical precision of smaller NGO’s vs major NGO’s
- Mission flexibility and its impact on gear selection
- Sociological response patterns similarities between the Napa Fires and Hurricane Michelle
- Opportunities to improve dispatch and distribution networks in crisis zones
- Ways non-responders can support rescue efforts
- The origin story of the Salty Water Rescue Crew
- Ways CAP listeners can lead by example
Look for a follow-up episode going deeper in depth about ways to support the community.