Saturday, October 02, 2010
Today my son, several of his classmates, and almost a hundred other people participated in an emergency drill at Bush Intercontinental Airport here in Houston. This is something the airport is required to do by the FAA. The details that went into the planning of this event were just mind-boggling. To guarantee the "suddenness of the disaster", emergency responders were just as clueless as the "victims".
Upon arrival, the "plane crash victims" were given sealed envelopes that disclosed their condition/injuries/etc. Many were DOA. Something you would expect from such a disaster. One man lost his arm, a woman had a head injury. The simulated injuries were just amazing.
I'm sure there were many more, but parts were assigned for someone who refused to cooperate and someone who wandered around like they weren't in their right mind. Not to mention their names, but Josh said those were perfect parts for those two girls. I wonder if they will have started talking to him again on Monday?
This is Josh's good friend Luis displaying the burns on his arm. He was one of the lucky ones that got taken to a hospital in downtown Houston by ambulance. Participants had been given arm bands with telephone numbers in case they got separated.
Josh had lacerations to his face. I almost fainted when I first saw him. Doesn't that look real? In spite of having to be at the airport at 6am on a Saturday morning, the guys had a good time and were impressed at the attention that was given to each person.
That said, I would like to thank everyone who meets the definition of an emergency responder. I have been so blessed to have never been in a car wreck or experienced a fire, but it is comforting to know that firemen, EMT's, law enforcement officers are ever-working to sharpen their skills.
May God bless each of you and your families.