Initial Decisions for Search and Rescue
Following Major Earthquakes
In a disaster response you will be faced with expected and unexpected decisions. By knowing what to expect, to anticipate how events are likely unfold, responders will be one step ahead of the response and thus avoid unnecessary delays in the operations. By being prepared people are likely to cope better, both with the expected and unexpected decisions.
Rainrace has developed a procedure for making decisions for urban search and rescue operations. These decisions need to be taken from the occurrence of an earthquake as fast as possible so that the teams can start working as soon as possible. These decisions are
The purpose of establishing a decision making procedure is not to create a set of rules for teams and emergency personnel to follow rigorously in a chaotic disaster situation, but to train them in focusing immediately on the important factors, using them to make quick decisions in order to be able to move on to the next issue. Furthermore, those trained in the procedure will have a common understanding of the task at hand without wasting precious time on explanations.