Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture).
It reads almost like a script, doesn’t it?
Something awful happens. Maybe there was some warning, maybe not. First responders arrive on the scene and begin doing what they can to save lives and help people get away from the danger. They’ve trained for endless hours, gone through all the exercises, sat through interminable meetings considering what to do in worst case scenario situations.
At some point, a realization sets in that this is beyond the worst case scenario that was planned for, and this information starts getting communicated back to the folks in the command center. Folks in the command center start working on finding more responders and activating protocols to find additional resources. The scale of the problem starts becoming apparent: resources are hours or days away; additional responders are either already engaged with this beyond-the-worst-case-scenario or are hours and days away themselves. Continue reading »