One day a special operations medic walked into Juan’s security shop and talked to him about the need for some special lights. That conversation in 2004 was the start of a different life for Juan as it ignited a passion to help the military and civilians in mass casualty situations. Now he has developed several lights for the military that are a big help for the patients as well as the search and rescue teams. This project opened his eyes to how important it can be to have a light as a signal, and as a result he created the Disaster ID visual 911 signaling system for phones.
This Emergency/Triage Light offers a new method and device for triaging patients during night time MCI’s and battlefield situations. It was developed in conjunction with Air Force Special Operations medics and has been combat-proven in an actual mass casualty situation. Use of lights reduces patient collection times by over 30% with fewer patient errors.
In the podcast you can hear stories of how the triage light has helped military, search and rescue teams, even boy scout troops, but you don’t have to buy this particular light to be more prepared. You can be better prepared just by downloading an app for your phone. Juan tells about a free app that will turn your phone into a light to be used during emergencies.
Due to a competition Juan developed the f-Ready app that builds on the Disaster ID app and not only turns the cell phone screen into a signal light; it sends out emails to notify family/friends exactly where you are. He is now working on getting the post disaster visual 911 signaling system established in individual states with the hopes of having it recognized nationally.
Listen for tips about different lights you can use and how to look at things you already have and how to use them in a disaster situation.
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