Preparedness Lessons Learned From On-Scene Search & Rescue Experiences

Preparedness Lessons Learned From On-Scene Search & Rescue Experiences


Instructor and Host: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Featured Guest: John Hoover
(Originally broadcast January 4, 2011)

We’ll discuss some of the practical lessons Mr. Hoover has learned from over 20 years of experience as a search & rescue volunteer.  He’s seen the many ways that people respond to disasters, including:

  1. Households that are well prepared and don’t need any assistance,
  2. Shell-shocked” individuals dazed and unable to help themselves, and
  3. Entitled minded people expecting immediate restoration of their every need and lifestyle.

Drawing from his on-the-scene experience, John helps others understand the importance of being prepared in all aspects of life.  He also believes it’s important to take practical steps in home security to discourage potential intruders from making the attempt, as well as making your home more defensible should the need arise.

Guest Profile:
John Hoover has been involved in voluntary search and rescue work for years.  He’s been in the field to respond to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.  He has also been called out for several major floods.  He is trained in advanced first aid, has a background in risk mitigation plus wilderness survival.  

John is a strong proponent in the need for personal and family preparedness rather than just hoping that some agency will take care of you during an emergency.  He also believes that home security is an important aspect of family preparedness.

He worked in the North Sea as a commercial construction and inspection diver.  More recently he’s worked in law enforcement investigating white-collar crime, computer crime, identity theft and counter terrorism, he understands how to sort out the pieces and understand what has happened.  After 9/11 he was recruited into the government’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce.

Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”

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