On May 29, I volunteered to be an airplane disaster drill victim at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. This full-scale exercise, federally required every three years, gives local emergency agencies experience working together during a mass casualty incident. Our drill simulated the crash of a plane that was carrying 70 passengers and crew.
Arriving at about 6 a.m. in the morning, volunteers were given cards that specified their injuries and their seat numbers on the doomed plane.
Professional makeup artists used liquid latex, rubber wounds, toilet paper and fake blood to create realistic looking injuries that ranged from burns to long bone trauma to severe head wounds.
Once the wounds were created, we gathered outside where organizers sprayed us with fake soot and sprinkled us with powdery Fuller’s earth to make us look that much more realistic.
Before they drove us to the accident site near a runway and placed us around a field, organizers told us not to move from our assigned positions until after there were three explosions. They also noted that if any of us got into a real emergency situation, our code word to raise an alarm was “raison toast.”
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Next travel book to spotlight Iceland
Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!
Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.