Saturday, November 08, 2008

Here To Help The Paranoid

...What if, oh,  Something Bad happens and FEMA starts searching house-to-house.  Wouldn't it be handy to know what those "orange X" symbols mean and how to read them?  I'm here to help!  Have a look at this document.  (.pdf reader required)

     "International Orange" is a widely available shade of spray paint, the color of the Golden Gate bridge and the "red" stripes on  (non-strobelit) radio towers.  Just sayin'.


Anonymous said...

I dont see a marking for " armed homeowner really pissed off with moron who spray painted his door"

Larry said...

Most places have a "Community Emergency Response Team" that offers free training in disaster reponse both for individuals and for actually assisting in search and rescue efforts. All it costs is time, once a month or so. They not only teach you the graffiti tags for marking damaged structures, they also teach you to make the assessment: when you see cracks in the plaster, is it more dangerous to see them running vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, for example...

FEMA just coordinates the delivery of materials to locals.

I know the post was snark, but too many people don't know the difference. :)