CERT alert for activation; my loadouts

Good afternoon,

Am on alert for CERT activation re Elsa … don’t know current category of Elsa.

Re assignments, I asked to work identification of types of downed trees eg palm, camphor, balsa – at least the bark …

Want to mention my basic loadout preps.  The old boots are saddle soaped. Will of course be be carrying the Wellingtons (rubber boots). 3 pair of gloves one pair for anti-slip grip. Others for mere work.Two cans of DEET needed as a minimum. Don’t forget you local area’s snake bite prevention protocols. My helmet has 2 lights and 2 lights on load-bearing suspenders. Will carry a megaphone.

My advanced level non-basic loadout: Entenman coffee crumb cake. Will pre-cut since this is a best-seller with those of us working the palm tree identifications, if any. Fall-back is Trader Joe’s chocolate chip cookies. A six pak of V8 spicy needed to break the monotony.

Continue the prepping !


  • Comments (6)

    • 3

      Be safe and keep us informed.

    • 3

      I love that your preps include cake and cookies 🙂

      Be safe!

    • 3

      Good morning,

      A Report:

      Sidebar: Appreciate the comments, Rednexk and Carlotta.

      We were not activated. This area had some winds, flooding and loss of Dominion Power electricity for ~ 2 hours 9midnight to 2 AM.

      Whenever you have a responder activation or a family evacuation staging area, recommend having an alternate site or 2. If the initial site is not appropriate for the usual array of reasons, go to the alt site AND DO NOT LEAVE AREA UNTIL alt site CHECKED for members. 

      There are 2 types of Wellingtons – rubber boots. One type is the actual boot made of “rubber”. The other type is the galosha (spelling? had these in primary school) the type that fits over the leather boot. Recommand get or make a roomy bag with shoulder strap so as to carry boots from moment of leaving vehicle until storm environment evaluated.

      This area always has flooding … started prior to 1607. Ditto the winds.

      This officially-designated adverse weather event is now a blessing to the small cities and counties. For example, a branch fell off a tree in a park. Many labor hours will be allocated to write up this “storm damage” for a FEMA-sought disbursement. Otherwise, local public health care will decline, children will go to sleep hungary, the homeless will not even have a dry place to sleep, ……

      As one’s life circumstances adjust, do try to do some sort of volunteer work, whether emergency response category or helping to teach disaster preparedness at local 4-H club. Besides usually being rewarding, the fruited plain exists because of volunteers. 

      • 2

        This was a fun post to read and imagining what gear I would bring with me to help others during a disaster. 

        Does anyone have any good glove recommendations? I seem to pop holes in mine pretty quickly

      • 3

        Good afternoon Paulino,


        Thank you for the positive comment and note that post got you to provoke your thoughts on a specific aspect of preparedness.

        Ref glove recommendations;

        I carry 3 different types. One is just a thick leather cargo handling type glove.  Another is an anti-slip glove (rubber dots on palm and finger-gripping section) and lastly is a basic somewhat expendable work glove. After an assignment to eg carry to curb of street some broken glass door sections, these somewhat expendable gloves get sacrificed to the dumpster diety.

        Can’t make specific recommendations – too many variables – your geography, topography, the event, the probable assignment, … 

        Above link is a sample of different categories of gloves. Again, link for familiarization purposes only. Once knowing what type you want to acquire, there are less costly sources when “shopping around”. I do buy from P.K. Safety, Alameda and they are good – but expensive.

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        You are right that there isn’t a one size fits all situations, so having three different gloves for various situations is a good strategy. Thanks for the link.