FRSA FLASH 07 September 2012


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FRSA FLASH 07 September 2012

  1. 1. HHC, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade FR SA FLASH Friday, September 7, 2012 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Facebook PageInside thisissue:Mass Casualty Exercise 3 10th Combat Aviation Brigade 3,290 likes · Help us hit our goal of 10,000 LIKES!Lyme Disease Info 4/5 hhtp:// Fee Increase 6/7Think ACS first 8September Event Flyers 10Strong Bonds Event 13
  2. 2. Page 2 Newsletter Title Schedule of Events September - “What is there to do in the North Country?” FRG Meeting. On Thursday, 13 Sept. 6 pm in the Brigade Classroom (building 19815 Hangar Access Drive, Wheeler Sack Army Airfield). Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) and Army Community Service (ACS) will be here to share events, discounts and more from post and the surrounding area. October - Let’s get ready to “Trick or Treat!” On Wednesday, 31 October at 1000 am bring the little people dressed up for a practice run at “Trick or Treating” All the offices from the Command Group to the S3 and in the HHC HQ building as well, will be stocked with candy and goodies for all the little Falcon Family Members! This is a chance for those little ones to fill their bags!! November - CPT Jones, 1SG Grady and Kelly (your FRG Leader) are planning a fabulous Thanksgiving Lunch before the holiday weekend! More to come on this soon! December - Look for information on our Renegade Holiday Celebration at the Hillside Lodge complete with Hot Chocolate and goodies to eat! We’ll be taking unwrapped toy dona- tions for the “Mountain of Toys “ drive . And there just may be a visit from the jolly man himself!! ** And be on the lookout for a very special event in February!
  3. 3. Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 3Fort Drum, local agencies to participate in mass casualtyexerciseMichelle KennedyStaff WriterFort Drum emergency and support organizations will test their reaction skills during a mass casualty exerciseSept. 13-14.Post agencies participate in exercises several times a year; however, the event next week will be a full-scale ex-ercise for installation first responders, community support and planning organizations, as well as county andstate agencies, according to Terry Byard, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security installationemergency manager.“It’s very important – and I’m very proud of the fact – that all the responder agencies in the North Countrywork together to help keep (the area) safe and are capable of responding to (any hazardous) event that couldhappen,” he said. “These exercises help us to do a better job of working together as a team.“It’s important that the community knows that we’re doing the exercise and it’s all to protect them,” Byardadded.In this particular exercise, agencies involved will respond to a fictional C-130 Hercules plane crash Sept. 13 atWheeler-Sack Army Airfield with multiple fatalities and casualties, Byard explained.Officials on the airfield will be required to activate the accident / crash plan. More than 50 Soldiers will serveas “injured” role players during the event; first responders who arrive at the scene will have to triage and pro-vide care to each casualty.“We’re unique here in the North Country, because a lot of our medical support comes from our local hospitalsand trauma centers,” Byard said. “We also are very limited on ambulance support, so we work very closely withJefferson County Emergency Medical Services (and medical examiner).“Local hospitals in the county have requirements to (participate in exercises) under the National PreparednessGuidelines,” he added. “By working together, we’re assisting localhospitals in (meeting their requirements).”The second day of the event will be a command post exercise to prac-tice completing administrative and organizational requirements,such as coordinating for environmental cleanup, tracking patients atlocal hospitals, making casualty notifications and communicatingwith the Federal Aviation Administration, Byard noted.“One of the biggest challenges in emergency management … are thethings that happen after the initial incident. We (have to) bring thecommunity back to normal,” he said. “We have to make sure we fol-low through all the way to the end.”
  4. 4. Page 4 FRSA FLASHLyme Disease Information Symptoms/ Early Detection Early localized stage (3-30 days post-tick bite) • Red, expanding rash called erythema migrans (EM) or “Bulls- Eye”  Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes Early disseminated stage (days to weeks post-tick bite)  Untreated, the infection may spread from the site of the bite to other parts of the body, producing an array of specific symptoms that may come and go, including:  Additional EM lesions in other areas of the body  Facial or Bells palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face)  Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to meningitis  Pain and swelling in the large joints (such as knees)  Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep  Heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat Late disseminated stage (months-to-years post-tick bite) Untreated infection symptoms may include:  Intermittent bouts of arthritis, with severe joint pain and swelling  Chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection (shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with short-term memory)Prevention Wearing light colored clothing so that ticks can be easily identified.  Tucking in pants to boots, shirts into gloves.  Application of insect repellent (containing 20% DEET) and applied per manufactures recom- mendation to deter ticks and use of permethrin for Soldiers and DA civilians.
  5. 5. HHC, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Page 5Prevention cont.  Frequent self checks for individuals partaking in outdoor activities and working in tick- invested environments. Special attention should be given to moist dark areas were ticks typi- cally migrate too.  Clothing should be placed in dryer for 20-30 minutes to kill unseen ticks.  Frequent checks of children and animals.  Proper removal of tick to prevent infected fluid from entering body with washing and treating area with antiseptic. (Medical professional removal of tick is recommended)  Testing of tick to determine if a carrier of Lyme Disease.  Routine treatment and grooming of household animals with flea and tick prevention medica- tion.Treatment Early Localized Stage:  Oral doxycyline,10-21 days in duration  Children do require different regimen Early Disseminated Stage:  Oral antibiotic therapy up to 28 days  Intravenous therapy if meningitis/heart changes Late Disseminated Stage:  Intravenous therapy up to 28 days Currently no vaccination is available for humans; however, Lyme Disease can be treated buy antibiotics.
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  8. 8. Page 8 FRSA FLASH Did you know ACS schedules a tour of the area every Tuesday morning? It is open to all soldiers and dependants! Call (315) 772-6556 to schedule your spot. Think ACS First!
  9. 9. Tell Fort Drum how they are doing! Let your voice be heard through ICE Comments! ICE is Interactive Customer Evaluation This is where you can provide all types of feedback on various services offered throughout Fort Drum. Visit Enter “Drum” in the search boxMonti Physical Fitness Center Calendar
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  14. 14. Contact COMMANDER 1SG CPT Jones SFC Grady FRG LEADER BDE FRSA Kelly Wright Jackie Sharpe O/315-774-1104 or C/315-778- G Volu nteers!! Still looking for FRContents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 10th CAB or the Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.