As we move into winter my thoughts turn to the weather… most winters bring floods to Snoqualmie Valley with some years taking out both roads that cross the valley. A few years ago, our small town was an island with flood water covering all roads. During the floods, a few of us volunteer for community service as HAM radio operators, medical assistance, setting up shelters… a lot of needs for daily life continue with no regard for floods or any other disaster that might happen.
I decided to create a video about the folks that volunteer to help their fellow citizens. Organizations like Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and of course the Amateur Radio Service (HAM’s) all provide services for us. My video project will focus on these groups to show the background, what they do – why they feel almost compelled to help and what equipment they carry around.
The video project will be using Kickstarter.com – this is a crowd-sourced funding site where people can read about various projects and help finance the project if they like it. Many project (most) offer “rewards” of some type for those wishing to help. We do the same offering copies of the DVD and since I’ll be investigating “emergency” bags, we’ll offer these for a reward at a certain level.
I will be posting video clips and images from the video project as it matures so check back from time to time…