Topic of the Month January is Search and Rescue. Search and Rescue is a broad topic, it can range from searching for a lost person to aiding and assisting after a natural disaster. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes are huge disasters that takes man power to locating and rescuing injured or trapped persons. What should you have when participating in a S & R operation? How can a community effectively conduct a search and rescue if the grid goes down/ or natural disaster? I wonder if anyone here has participated in a S & R operation and what tips could they share. Urban vs wilderness search and rescue operations. The locals are the ones that are first on the scene and you are the locals, so having knowledge and information of how to start, organize and participate in a search and rescue is huge. Here is a list of what one person feels you need in your search and rescue bag: http://lifehacker.com/the-search-and-rescue-pack-1764813141 This is basically a BOB or GHB but with rescue in mind. This is the chart that was used after Hurricane Katrina, it is important that structures and areas be marked after being searched that people are not being redundant. Though in some rescues, redundancy is needed: By Georgelazenby - Own work, CC BY 3.0, File:Katrina x large.png - Wikimedia Commons Due to our members living in different areas, the search and rescue you may participate in will vary. But all information and knowledge shared is important.