Dr. Karch hosts disaster preparedness course

Dr. Michael Karch

Dr. Michael Karch

Disaster Preparedness Course offered 9/11 – Free to the Community  (News Release)

Dr. Karch, Orthopedic Surgeon at Mammoth Hospital will present a lecture and training on Disaster Preparedness on September 11, 2013 at Mammoth Lakes Fire Station #1 on 3150 Main Street from 6 to 9PM. The general public is highly encouraged to attend this informative lecture. Information to be presented includes review of 911 New York and Haiti disasters, mass casualty triage, injuries by ballistics, explosions and burns, as well as a crash course in personal disaster preparedness.

Dr. Karch uniquely experienced the tragic events of September 11th by treating victims of both the Pentagon and Ground Zero sites. He was one of the first physicians on site at Ground Zero and performed search and recovery and established two on site MASH units within the disaster area. His written document on mass casualty at Ground Zero was evaluated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as testimony for the re-organization of emergency medical response for the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Karch also co-founded an organization for the purpose of medical missions. The organization is comprised of three surgical teams (Orthopedic, General Surgery, and OB/Gyn) and was designed to target remote, impoverished populations throughout the world that have limited or no access to medical care due to either their geographic isolation, lack of financial resources, or political minority status. Dr. Karch typically participates in one surgical mission each year and performs approximately 100 surgical procedures in five to seven days while in a country. Recent trips include Chiapas, Mexico, (2011) and remote region of a Nepal (2012).

For more information, please call (760)924-4128.

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Benett….I think since 2007,if I’m not mistaken,either that year or late 2006,when Bill Lutze was elected Sheriff,from what I can see myself,read in the newspaper and see here on The Sierra Wave,the ICSO has improved 100 %…my opinion…just sayin’……

Mark
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Sheriff Bill Lutze is a good man

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
9 years ago

“The American cultural tendency to resist change”? That can be said only from a very parochial point of view that apparently has not been much burdened by international travel. America is known around the globe as a change leader, often ruefully in more tradition-bound cultures, which includes most cultures. People… Read more »

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
9 years ago

Yes we need disaster preparedness, for we must be open to new information at all times even if it threatens our current belief system and hence our identity’s, sadly society today has failed to recognize this, and the established institutions continue to paralyze growth by preserving outdated social structures. The… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Sierra Lady….Maybe would be a good idea for Inyo County to do the same with a CERT team…looking over the sites you posted here to check out,what I feel should maybe be done is more personal training for individuals and families on how to deal with,survive and maybe get through… Read more »

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, CERT does exactly that…teaches community members how to be prepared for disasters in their homes first and their communities second. Think “Preppers” on a modified scale! 🙂 We are taught/shown what food/water/medical items to have on hand at home to last 2 days/72 hours/2-3 weeks if needed during a… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

Sierra Girl….If what you say is how the CERT program works,then I’m all for it….no paranoia here…..just some past experiences I’ve had maybe make me kind of skeptical when civilians kinda view themselves as Law Enforcement,as it DOES happen sometimes…(AKA George Zimmerman)..but from what your saying,not how the CERT program… Read more »

WillyJ
WillyJ
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

“here in Lone Pine….a CalTrans employee telling people(and how he was doing it) to leave the area,which happened to be close to where I worked, to go home and prepare too evacuate from a fire that was two blocks from my house…” There is no such thing as manitory evacuation… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  WillyJ

WillyJ…..That is exactally what I did when he tried to order me around….only not in that nice of a manner…and what you say about the so-called “mandatory evacuations”.so true…even if it’s Law Enforcement telling you to leave,you don’t got to go,if where your at is where you live…thing about it… Read more »

Ch
Ch
9 years ago
Reply to  WillyJ

@ Wayne and Willy I can understand one not wanting to leave their own property, especially not under “orders” from a Caltrans worker who has no authority whatsoever. But there is another side to that coin – see the Australian wildfires of 2009. Over 200 citizens were killed by wildfire… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  WillyJ

Ch….I understand where your coming from….but if I decided to stay,wouldn’t expect anyone to rescue me,or risk their lives if it were a bad decision for me to do so…but I like to think I could make the correct decision on my own whether to stay or go…sometimes it seems… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I want to give the Inyo Sheriff’s Department credit for how they handled the fire that nearly burned the community of Independence in 2007. Fire was moving down the foothills of the Sierra toward the town. Officers came by and said we could voluntarily evacuate. Residents started to think about… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

I think this is a really good idea….people maybe learning to deal with a possible disaster…and learn personal disaster preparedness…..maybe wrong to say it,but when I’ve noticed incidents that were troublesome or maybe a dangerous situation that involved the public population,seems to me way too many agencies are involved,running around… Read more »

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

^ Some good thoughts so maybe you’d like to start up your own CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) in Inyo County? We’ve had one here in Mammoth since 2008 and Walker since last year. It’s a great way to learn more about home and community preparedness in time of disaster.… Read more »