April 2019 Update
By: Major David Brown, CAP
Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.
-Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems
-Develop slowly or quickly-Flash floods can come with no warning
-Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage building, and create landslides
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY!
-Do not walk, swim, or drive through flooded waters. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
-Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away
-Stay off bridges over fast-moving water
-Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding
-Evacuate if told to do so
-Move to higher ground or a higher floor
-Stay where you are
See more on https://www.ready.gov/floods (external .gov link) to see how you can prepare for flooding.
March 2019 Update
By: Major David Brown, CAP
Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that can extend from a thunderstorm to the ground.
A tornado can:
-Happen anytime and anywhere
-Bring intense winds, over 200 MPH
-Look like a funnel
If you are under a tornado WARNING, find shelter right away.
-If you can safety get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
-Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
-If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
-Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
-Do NOT get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
-Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
-Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
For more information on tornado safety, please visit https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes (external .gov link)
Be safe everyone!
February 2019 Update
- What’s Wrong with “First Aid” Mishaps?
To the system, this means the mishap doesn’t need to be seen by the wing or region commander and doesn’t need a mishap review, but we still need to know what lead up to the mishap. The entire goal of reporting mishaps is to find out what caused them so we can try to prevent them. We need to find out why it happened. Please follow the following guidelines on “First Aid” mishaps until new regulations are published and SIRS is changed:
1. If you report a mishap in SIRS, do not mark “First Aid” only
2. If you are reporting a mishap in SIRS, do tell us the factors that led up to the mishap
3. Wing Directors of Safety are to look at each bodily mishap. If it only requires “First Aid” (no treatment beyond what is given at the time of the mishap) and the person reporting it listed the contributing factors, then Wing Directors of Safety can mark “First Aid” only and NHQ will view it to see if it can be closed.
- Cold Weather Ops
One of the risks when operating in cold weather is frostbite. 1st degree frostbite is where the skin appears red like a sunburn. 2nd degree frostbite is when the skin appears white. 3rd degree frostbite is when the skin is damaged enough to become black. Some healthcare professionals have termed a 4th degree frostbite where the damage goes deep enough to damage muscle tissue.
A second risk is dehydration
A third risk is overheating
A fourth risk is running at temperatures below -20F
National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart (external .gov PDF link)
January 2019 Update
By: David Brown RN, EMT
Annual Safety Risk Management Day
As most of you know, CAP has changed the name and some of the requirements to meet the Annual Safety Risk Management Day. First, the National Commander developed a video regarding risk management and CAP’s commitment to risk management. Second, the National Safety Officer created a video about what you need to know about risk management. Finally, a PowerPoint briefing was developed explaining common mishaps and how you can prevent them. The other areas are completely up to you as to what you would like to present pertaining to safety and its program. Keep in mind this must be completed before the end of March. The link to these videos and PowerPoint presentation is: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/cap-national-hq/safety/annual-safety-risk-management-day—2019
If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to help in anyway that I can. Have a great new year and be safe!
December 2018 Update
Inversion Technique – Has anyone heard of this? Some of you may have, since it is taught in a lot of emergency services classes. The inversion technique is a process that gives prior consideration to events that might happen BEFORE they actually do happen.
What are some examples you can think of?
Examples include: What if my house floods, do I have anything that I’d need to save, and do I have insurance?
What if I lose my job, do I have enough money in reserve to live on whilst I find another?
What does this have to do with safety?
Thinking about these questions in advance allows you to respond calmly to the event rather than react inappropriately to it.
Does this sound like a RM worksheet? YES!
Ensuring a RM assessment and analysis is complete before every activity will train you to think about things that may happen and how to respond to them without causing too much chaos. If you want to be technical, the safety regulation REQUIRES you to hold a RM safety briefing before any activity anyway. You can use your students or peers to help you decide what risks you may come face-to-face with. Hold discussions. Allow them to think about safety.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin
Pilots- watch out for birds!
Finally, it has been brought up to not tell our cadets to “be careful”. Of course, this is not set in stone and certainly doesn’t mean you can’t say it. All it means is we want to have our cadets to foster awareness and problem solve on their own. We can help our cadets foster awareness by saying: notice how these rocks are slippery, that branch is strong….do you see the poison ivy, or your fellow cadets nearby…. are you feeling scared, excited, tired, safe? We can help our cadet’s problem solve by saying: what can you use to get across, or for your adventure? Where will you put that rock, climb that tree, or dig that hole? Who will be with you, go with you, help you if…?
In conclusion, instead of saying just “be careful” we can add fostering awareness and problem solving as we perform our missions. Help them develop these skills and after you’re finished you can say, “be careful”.
Be safe and “careful” everyone!.
MOWG R62-2 Supplement 1
November 2018 Update
ANNUAL SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT DAY
CAPR 62-1 PARA 4.2.L
l. An annual Safety Day will be held in all active units during the months of January, February or March to focus on improving safety knowledge and attitudes. This will require a day focused entirely on safety subjects applicable to the unit. The Safety Day education to meet this requirement may take place at a regularly scheduled unit meeting providing the entire academic content for that meeting is devoted to safety.
m. Additional recommended educational elements include, but are not limited to:
(1) Placement of a bulletin board in the unit meeting area devoted to safety issues.
(2) Participation or partnership in activities sponsored by other safety oriented organizations.
(3) Use of special safety seminars, discussions or focus groups to address specific issues.
(4) Participation by pilots in the FAA’s Wings – Pilot Proficiency Program (https://www.faasafety.gov/WINGS/pppinfo/default.aspx).
(5) Adding safety messages to other routine communications.
FAA WING PROGRAM
CAPR 62-1 PARA 8.F
f. FAA Wings Program – Wing safety officers will encourage pilot members to participate in the FAA Wings Program. Members who complete the basic phase of this program will be eligible to wear the Pilot Proficiency Patch on flight clothing.
October 2018 Update
Good day everyone! My name is Maj. David Brown and I am the Safety Officer for Missouri Wing Headquarters. I wanted to start this directorate because I want to give you more than one way to find safety information and also to keep you updated on changes that are being developed within the safety program.
Most of you have already heard about the new revision of safety regulations and may be wondering where these changes are going to take us. So am I! National Headquarters has worked tirelessly on remodeling the safety program, so I can only expect these changes to continue to lead us in right direction. We want senior members and cadets to experience all types of activities and programs, but we can only do this by following safety regulations and continue to utilize risk management before every activity.
“The ultimate goal of the CAP Safety Program is for each and every member of the Civil Air Patrol as well as the organization itself, to embrace and practice Risk Management as a Core Competency of Civil Air Patrol”. – Mr. George Vogt, CAP/SE
- First, I would like to thank Harry S. Truman squadron, especially 1 st Lt. Sam Samarasinghe, for hosting a safety outreach day on October 4 th , 2018 with the University of Central Missouri. Over 25 students specializing in occupational safety or similar programs were in attendance. Good job!
- There is NO safety survey required this year!
- On 10/3/18 at 1318 CT the National Wireless Emergency Alert System came online. As of right now there is no way of turning it off unless you have your phone shut down or in airplane mode.
- The annual safety day is now called “Annual Safety Risk Management” day and is still required for all units to complete in the months of January, February, or March.
- The new Safety Program Management System (CAPR 160-1) will be effective January 2019 and Reporting and Review (CAPR 160-2) will be effective March 2019.
- National Safety Officer College is going to begin a blended learning approach starting in 2019. The classroom portion online will take 2-3 months to complete with a 2-day traditional classroom arrangement.
- Be as detailed as possible in SIRS when making a report. Every few days go back and check for journal entries, etc. as I may be adding or needing additional information. Once you file the report and it is sent up the chain-of-command you are not done! The report still has to go through wing, region, national and CLOSED before you are finished. Please talk with your safety officer if you have any questions regarding SIRS or safety in general.
- As of October 10 th , 2018 Missouri wing has 13 technician, 6 senior, and 1 master rated in safety who are serving as safety officers or assistants. We have to change this. If you are interested in the safety program speak with your safety officer, commander, and/or professional development officer so we get you trained. It is very difficult to run a safety program in a wing when there are only 20 senior members participating as safety officers that are qualified in the safety track. If you are working on your technician, keep going! You’re doing a great job!
- Once the Missouri wing supplement to the safety program is approved by NHQ I will post it here and email it to commanders and safety officers. Of course, you have multiple ways to locate it if needed.
That is all for now and thank you for taking your time to read through the bullet points. Keep checking in for updates.
CAP Pamphlet 217 – Safety Officer Specialty Track Study Guide (PDF)
CAP Regulation 62-1 – Safety Responsibilities and Procedures (PDF)
CAP Regulation 62-2 – Mishap Reporting and Review (PDF)
Preliminary Hazard List and Analysis (PDF)
Risk Management Worksheet (PDF)
Guide for Activity Safety Officers (DOCX)
What You Need to Know About Risk Management Activity Safety (PPTX)
Guide for Pre-Activity Risk Safety Briefings (DOCX)
Pre-Activity Risk Safety Briefings (DOCX)
Bodily Injury Mishap Reporting From (DOCX)
Post Activity Safety Summary (DOCX)