A CBRNE Incident involving Chemical Hazards
By Joseph Parish
Recently during one of my emergency management classes at the university a peer of mine submitted a final project on the topic of CBRNE recovery operations. As I reviewed his manuscript I thought that would be an excellent subject to discuss with my fellow survivalists.
We are all familiar with what CBRNE stands for. In case it skips your mind let me fresh your memory. CBRNE stands for the initials of our nation’s major threats – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosions. I recently completed a course of study with Tulane Universities South Central Public Health Training Center on the subject of Biological Response Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services and a similar topic was covered in the lessons.
As mentioned these initials stand for the specific types of incidents which could befall our area as a result of possible terrorist attacks, natural disasters and industrial emergencies. The subject is usually the most difficult of all emergency management fields to be encountered by the EM planners as the expected casualty rates are estimated to be excessively high.
Throughout our daily lives we are likely to encounter a vast number of different levels associated with CBRNE threats ranging from a small localized rail accident involving a toxic chemical to one of an industrial chemical processing plant explosion. In either case the final results are possible loss of life and immediate actions would be necessary.
You may be questioning the relative importance of this topic to the survivalist’s agenda. As a person who may be in charge of a small group of future homesteaders or even just your own personal family these factures will play an important part in your emergency safety program as you develop it.
Let’s initially start with the chemical hazard as it applies to our situation. Chemical or toxic materials can be released accidentally or deliberately into our air or water supply. Such an act can be devastating for our very survival. These issues can result from a possible fire developing in a nearby chemical plant or a Hazmat related issue from an overturned semi on a highway near your retreat. The government will under normal circumstances immediate send cleanup crews to the location to resolve the potential problem. As far as the survivalist is concerned a bug out would be your best course of action. Distances far away from the source provide you with a safe way to handle this type of emergency.
Time is usually of the utmost importance so when planning an escape route for this kind of emergency make certain that you have several routes in mind and prior to your selection of one take into consideration the wind direction. The related plume from the disaster may meet up with you if you fail to consider this variable. After you have departed the area listen to the radio and the television for notification that you can return to your home. Don’t try to shelter in place – evacuate and live for another day.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish