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 Here is Your www.dbs-SAR.com Newsletter June 20, 2002 E-mail Bulletin
 Sponsored by www.SARCamp.com, SAR professionals serving SAR professionals
*Alzheimer's found alive after missing 12 days
*On-line Mapping (GIS)links
*Role of GIS in disasters
*Free Stuff: SAR summary information
*SAR in China
*Technology helping to find missing children
*Mt Hood
*SAR Radar
*Drugs for going without sleep
*Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
*Failure to Search leads to $21 Million settlement
*Lost and Found: Wandering in Assisted Living
*WTC injury types to survivors and rescuers
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Alzheimer's Patient Found Alive in heavy brush after 12 days

This is a  truly remarkable story about an Alzheimer's patient who wandered off and
was found still alive 12 days later .  The case was reported in the Seattle
Times and occurred near the town of Bremerton.  She was found 0.5 miles from
the PLS by a homeowner when he heard feeble shouts for help that sounded
like a bird.  It required 15 minutes of crawling on his stomach through the
thick brush to finally make it to the 68-year-old woman.  The article does
not state if active field searching took place.

View USGS maps and aerial photo images online

A great page to bookmark. Links to USGS topo maps and orthophotoquads
online found on the page. Includes links to Terraserver, Mapmark, Maptech,
Terrafly, and TopoZone.

Role of GIS in disasters

A quick article on some of the new ways GIS was used during the WTC rescue effort.


Free stuff: SAR summary info

For those who like SAR summary info in a pocket card size, a PDF file is
available. The printed output can be made into pocket cards (about 24


Retracing climber's last trek (China)

A fascinating article on how search and rescue is organized and conducted in
China.  The article is also sobering in that it describes the last journal entry
of a mountain climber caught in bad weather.


Technology to aid police in search: Computers, training to help find missing

One of the most critical and sobering facts about searches for missing
abducted children is the narrow window involved in alerting authorities and
the public.  Programs have been started to form a partnership with law
enforcement and the press to provide for rapid alerting of authorities in surrounding areas. The article describes how computer software can assist in some abduction cases.


Cost of Mount Hood rescue

The following article illustrates the tendency of the press to ask who
should pay for rescues.  The article also provides several links to an
entire series of articles published on the Mt. Hood rescue and helicopter crash.

NASA developing radar to locate lost planes

If someone bets you on the meaning of the Acronym "SAR," be careful.  SAR
also means Synthetic Aperture Radar which NASA is developing as an
all-weather imaging tool able to penetrate through clouds and collect data
at night.  The longer wavelengths can also penetrate into the forest canopy
and in extremely dry areas, through thin sand cover and dry snow pack.  SAR
was designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which also
manages the project. The following articles give a good overview of the
program.  The official website provides more extensive data.  Don't expect
to resource order a DC-8 packed with electronics for your next search...but
someday in the future who knows.

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

EMSC is a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability
and death due to severe illness and injury. Medical personnel, parents and
volunteers, community groups and businesses, and national organizations and
foundations all contribute to the effort. The web site offers an extensive
list of resources in order to prevent or treat children in the Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) realm.  Since children are a common reason for
searches, this web site may provide some valuable insight into treating our
pediatric patients.

With a pill called modafinil, you can go 40 hours without sleep

Modafinil is a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy.  It has also
been looked at for its ability to allow people to stay awake for 40 hours
without becoming habit-forming or causing other serious side effects.  The lengthy
article does a good job of describing the drug (the reporter wrote the
article while on the drug), some of the research looking at its effects on
"normal" people, some of the possible social consequences of the drug, and
its possible role in continuous operations, such as those often faced by
searchers.  The article also quotes sleep researchers who maintain that sleep is the only long-term solution to fatigue.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever web site

The Center for Disease Control has created an excellent web site about Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever.  The pages load fast, are well written, and present
clear graphics and pictures.  Every SAR member should be well educated in
how to prevent, recognize, and seek treatment for this often deadly disease.

Failure to search leads to $21 million settlement against US Coast Guard

$21 million dollars were awarded to the survivors of three children who
drowned after the sailboat they were on wrecked, off of North Carolina's
coast.  One of the children radioed in a Mayday to the US Coast Guard but a
full search was not initiated.  The newspaper gives further details.  Perhaps
one of the greatest liabilities of search and rescue is not searching at all.


Lost and Found: wandering among Alzheimer's patients

"Assisted Living Success" recently published an extensive article on
wandering among Alzheimer's disease patients and its impacts on Assisted
Living facilities.  The article addresses several different aspects of
wandering, from search and rescue to designing a better facility.  Several
possible resources for alarms and monitoring systems are included.

Rapid assessment of injuries among survivors of the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center

The article presents excellent data on the types of injuries suffered by
both the survivors and rescuers of the WTC response. The precise number and
causes of deaths could not be assessed in the immediate aftermath of the
attack.  The graphics also do a good job of showing the time period (broken
down in hour bins) when the injured showed up at a hospital for both
survivors and rescuers.  Invaluable data for planning a needs assessment for
this type of incident.

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