Pittsburgh Area Bloggers: Help Needed!

Rob at UnSpace has an urgent request for Pittsburgh area bloggers. Because traffic to his blog is not his primary concern in this matter, the entire messages are reproduced in full here. If you know anyone in the Pittsburgh area, please pass this on to them.

Help Create a Disaster in Pittsburgh

"Disaster Management" sounds like an oxymoron, but it's not. Responders, through education and rehearsal, can improve how they respond to a crisis. Now, if you live near Pittsburgh, you have a chance to help those who are there to help you as they prepare for the unthinkable.

The Amercian Red Cross needs people to pretend to be victims for a mock drill May 7th, 2005 disaster drill:

  • 14,000 general volunteers, who will be needed ~3 hours, starting at 11 a.m.
  • 1,000 decontamination volunteers, who will be needed ~3 hours. You will get wet!. You will start at 11 a.m.
  • 300 programmed disaster victims, who will be needed ~7 hours, starting at 10 a.m. (you will be told what to pretend, get decontaminated with water and ";examined" at a hospital)
  • 299 moulage victim volunteers, who will be needed for ~8 hours, starting at 9 a.m. You will be made up to look like a trauma victim, decontaminated, "treated" by responders, "examined" at a hospital, and basically have an absolute blast!

Note: Officially, there are 300 moulage victim volunteers needed, but I know that there's at least one volunteer already signed up for that position!

If you're interested, go to the American Red Cross site to sign up.

Tip: The link to the mail-in waiver you have to sign is tricky to find. This link will take you there as well.

Pittsburgh Area Bloggers: Help Needed!

The disaster exercise scheduled this Saturday (May 7th) needs more pretend victims!

According to a story just on Channel 11 News, the disaster exercise needs 14,000 people to act as victims, but they only have 1,000. Pittsburgh bloggers can help by doing the following:

  • Post a link to the American Red Cross disaster drill volunteer web site where people can volunteer
  • Explain to your readers that there help is needed so that our region will be ready when disaster strikes
  • Tell your readers that they'll get cool stuff like free Pirate tickets and a model of PNC Park if they volunteer, and there will be festivities as part of the disaster drill!
  • Volunteer yourself! I think it would be cool if we could all blog about our various experiences. The disaster planners might even find the reports useful in learning from the exercise!

Let's show the Pittsburgh area some of the positive things we Pittsburgh Bloggers can accomplish!

Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an article about the need for 14,000 more volunteers for the disaster drill.