This page is for those who go on deployment.Below is advice given from people previously deployed.Deployment is a critical part of H.E.A.R.T. though not a requirement.People are signed up on the deployment list as they are able to go.Flexibility is available; you can sign up strictly for summer months, etc.The deployment list is in continual flux.
Advise from our volunteers who traveled to Miami, Oklahoma to help out as flood waters receded.
Good socks, tall socks, and lots of them
Ski socks, something that can wick the moisture away
Bring a towel
You may have to sleep on site, but usually there will be a
Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, etc
What ever over the counter medication you are used to taking.Chance are you are not going to have a chance to go the the store for headache medication.
You are going to get blisters, come prepared
BDU’s at least two pairs
A washing machine may not be handy and at the end of a couple of days your BDU’s may be able to walk themselves home
Bring something smaller to carry daily supplies in.You won’t be able to lug your suitcase everywhere and you will want something larger than a purse to bring extra socks, water, medication, etc to the site
First aid Kit
Credit card with space
You will be reimbursed, but often it won’t be at that instance, so come prepared
·Come with a can-do attitude.This is not going to be easy, it is a disaster area.Things may not be ran as well as you think they should be, unfortunately, you are there to assist, not run the show.Help in the most areas you can and realize, eventually, it will all come together.
·Make sure you are keeping up on communication.Both within the group and back home.Cell phones are very important.If you have one you really should bring it and use it.Sometimes the group may be split up and cell phones are an excellent way to stay in communication with one another.
·You are going to break down, realize it, accept it, and don’t view it as a failure.Everyone breaks down and it helps to just let it happen.
·Accept everyone’s weaknesses and strengths.There are going to be a lot of alpha personalities and you have to work together.Realize your own strengths and weaknesses and use that to your advantage.
·Days are longer than you think, prepare for that.
·If you have a chance before you go look up the area you are going to.Especially noteworthy is the zoonotic diseases.Know what animals generally carry there and what you have to worry about.
Advise from National Volunteers Across the Nation
Things generally forgotten and very helpful to bring
A small pair of wire cutters to cut zip ties off cages etc
Tiny tv/radio that can run off car batteries or rechargeable batteries; can feel isolated from the world rather fast
Prepare for any type of weather: sweatshirt and tee shirts
Space emergency blanket, excellent for animals or used inside a sleeping bag
Mosquito netting, well worth it if you have to sleep outside
IFAW Suggested Ready Bag
compass with mirror
note pad and pencils
headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries, spare bulb
sunscreen and/or insect repellant
nylon rope (20’ of 7mm)
large transparent bag for map(s)
GPS with extra batteries
toilet paper in ziploc
multitool (e.g., Leatherman)
good sheath knife or hatchet
fire starter (paraffin-soaked sawdust or dryer lint works)
water purification tablets
bear spray and/or bear bangers
large orange garbage bag
$2.00 in change
Food (you may want to stock foods that do not require a stove – MREs) High carbohydrate, high calorie foods are recommended, as are lots of munchies and snacks.
water bottles (about 2L capacity)
prepared meals (e.g., IMPs, MREs or Hotpacks, so a stove isn't necessary)
soup mix, dehydrated meals
stove and fuel
knife, fork & spoon
tarpaulin, tube tent, or space blanket
sleeping bag or bivouac sac
thermorest or ensolite pad
parachute cord (50’)
spare stuff sacks
First aid kit
A good quality Outdoorsman model
personal medication; tell team members about relevant medical conditions!
toothbrush and toothpaste
waterless hand cleaner
hairbrush or comb
tampons or sanitary pads (with ziplocs for packing out used ones)
Clothing Synthetic materials are generally superior to natural fibers.Clothes packed by season.
fluorescent baseball cap
Tilley-type hat for protection against rain and sun
thin leather gloves (especially for rope team members)
** jeans are strongly discouraged because they absorb so much water
socks, thin and thick (at least 2 sets)
waterproof hiking boots
American Humane Association Suggested “Go Kit”
-Helps ensure you have everything you need and will reduce the amount of time between deployment and check-in
-Go Kits should sustain an individual for at least two days
-Volunteers will be responsible for their own Go Kits and should therefore take care that the pack does not exceed a weight that would prevent them from carrying it under their own power…
Two field shirts-will receive upon arrival to disaster scene. Two pairs BDU pants-should be able to tie down at bottom AHA recommends khaki or navy blue HEART recommends black or navy blue One pair BDU shorts Four pairs of non-cotton socks Four pairs of underwear Rain Gear Heavy jacket (in cold weather) Light windbreaker Gloves-rubber, leather work gloves, “Kevlar” Towel-(microfiber) Toilet items (toothbrush, soap, shaving items, feminine products, hair ties, etc.) Personal first aid kit Personal medications Food (power bars, MRE’s, trail mix) Flashlight with extra batteries Multi function tool (Gerber, Leatherman) Water container (camelback or canteen) Water purification tablets or device Compass Office Supplies (tablet, pens, waterproof paper Plastic bags (Ziploc) Whistle Hearing protection Eye covers-(goggles, sunglasses) Watch with second hand Two large trash bags Hat (for cold weather, a cap will be issued upon arrival on disaster scene.) Personal protective items-(sunscreen, Chapstick, eyewash Fire starter (waterproof matches) Chemical light stick Hand sanitizer Boots
This list is a suggested list only!
Dick Green’s suggested list for To-go bag
IFAW Suggested Ready Bag
Compass with mirror note pad and pencils flagging tape headlamp or flashlight: extra batteries, spare bulb sharpie eye protection sunscreen and/or insect repellent whistle nylon rope (20' of 7mm) map(s) large transparent bag for map(s) GPS with extra batteries Flashlight(s)
Survival toilet paper in ziploc multitool (e.g. leatherman) good sheath knife or hatchet waterproof matches fire starter (paraffin soaked sawdust or vasaline cotton balls) water purification tablets space blanket candles bear spray and/or bear bangers flares duct tape safety pins large orange garbage bag $2.00 in change
Food High carbohydrate, high calorie foods are recommended, as are lots of munchies and snacks. water bottles (~2L capacity trail mix instant oatmean energy bars prepared meals (e.g. IMPs, MREs or Hotpacks, so a stove is not necessary) soup mix; dehydrated meals stove and fuel cooking pot knife, fork, and spoon powdered drink fruit leather
Shelter tarpaulin, tube tent, or space blanket sleeping bag or bivouac sac thermorest or ensolite pad parachute cord (50') spare stuff sacks first aid kit
Personal Personal medication, tell team members about relevant medical conditions! toothbrush and toothpaste waterless hand cleaner hand sanitizer hairbrush or comb razor deoderant tampons or sanitary pads (with ziplocs for packing out used ones) side note to the ladies: even if it is not time for your period, come prepared, a period will start with the onset of stress
Clothing synthetic materials are generally superior to natural fibers Pack by season fluorescent baseball cap Tilley-type hat for rain/sun protection bug hat sunglasses spare eyeglasses long-sleeved shirt yellow t-shirt rain jacket/pants thin leather gloves underwear cargo pants *jeans strongly discouraged-absorb too much water* socks (thin and thick-several sets) gaiters
Emergency Services volunteers must provide their own BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) Pants or Shorts and Black Boots.
AHA will provide field shirts and caps upon arrival to disaster scene.
BDU Information- tactical style cargo pants worn by police, military, animal control, etc. Minimum of two pair pants and two pair shorts is recommended. Khaki or navy blue (for HEART team black or navy blue). Pants should be worn during field work or when working directly with animals. Shorts are acceptable when working at critical resource centers or intake areas.