Local Residents Unhurt in Non-Tornado
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 19, 2009
“Won’t somebody please help my husband? He’s dying!” That was a hard call to pass up for the search teams in the search-and-rescue training exercise in Austin Sunday afternoon, but it was a plea they had been trained to ignore. The first job was to complete their search of the area hit by a mock tornado, and only then come back through with aid for the critically injured. Susan Hamm was voted the biggest nuisance among the “victims” for her consistent nagging of searchers to stop and help. She and husband David — that’s him with the tree branch through his abdomen — were among the Blanco County Disaster Response Team members who helped with the training drill.
The cuts and bruises were only painted on Deb McClintock, but they looked plenty real. She was one of the Blanco County Disaster Response Group members who played the roles of victims in Sunday's "tornado" training exercise in Austin. The trainees were supposed to figure out what the injuries were, and how to treat them, and in which order they needed to be taken. McClintock said the makeup artists did such a realistic job that some of the wounds even came with their own sound effects. The disaster group had scheduled a similar search drill for June, but postponed it until fall when the swine flu popped up.
What would you do for a man whose body had a tree limb driven right through it by a tornado? That was one of the questions search-and-rescue trainees had to answer in the disaster drill they went through Sunday afternoon in Austin, in a test to see how much they'd learned during their week of classes. Some of the pretend victims were from the Blanco County Disaster Response Group, who were made up realistically and coached in how to act when the rescuers arrived. David Hamm had one of the more gruesome wounds with the branch in his abdomen.
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