Inside the Cajun Navy: How Volunteers are Training to Rescue Hurricane Victims | Freethink
Inside the Cajun Navy Southern volunteer flood rescuers are training for another hurricane season

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After Hurricane Katrina, volunteers with boats rescued thousands of flood victims. Those volunteers have evolved into the “Cajun Navy,” a cluster of groups which have helped rescue many more people stranded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and other floods and major storms. We followed one of these groups, Cajun Navy Relief, as they prepared for their first-ever Search and Rescue games this spring. The games were just the latest effort by the group to add new skills and capabilities to the all-volunteer group. Can civilian-led rescue be part of future disaster recovery efforts? Let us know what you think in the comments. For more stories profiling pioneers of science and tech innovation, subscribe to Freethink at Join the Freethink Forum, our group for sharing new advances, our own projects, and opportunities to get involved: And follow Freethink across other platforms here: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Website:


Andrew Sturgeon : Don't believe in God, but I don't know anything better to say than Bless You Guys!!!!

Bg Rm : Those tracking apps gonna work during a hurricane? Great work by the way!

J. Ramos : That's an amazing initiative. I am a bit curious about their reliance on technology. I survived the recent disaster at Puerto Rico and we lost power, internet, and pretty much all other services. One big lesson I took from that was that high tech electronics start failing after 30-40 hours of use with generators, particularly computers. Also, the cellular network is very sensitive to high winds. Most of the high tech carriers were offline for months and only one carrier who still had low tech antennae was in partial operation. Landlines were affected too, leaving many areas without any comms at all for weeks or months. They may need an old school, low tech, backup such as Ham radio for communication and radio direction finders for navigation.

Miguel Oros : I love this! This is the type of America I want to be a part of!

Tyler Jones : Ya'll need ham radios with APRS.

Conspiracy Hamster : Good luck in NC you guys, praying for everyone. Godspeed

Matt G : That's crazy cool

mowgli2071 : The Cajun Navy should have a YouTube channel

Tate Graves : Hi

lfrankify : You awesome, crazy, cajuns!!!👍

richard smith : It is a group of everybody's! And we thank you!!!!!!

Patriotic Porn : Great job and keep up the great work everyone. I met a bunch of you during hurricane Harvey. High water Heros. thanks 👍🕊❤🇺🇸

JS Warpaint : The government has to focus on safety to the extent that they spend time doing a bunch of meetings and planning and changing of plans whereas the Cajun Navy can just wing it and get the job done still with a respectable amount of safety and or take their time to ensure complete safety depending on the severity of the needed rescue as the government chimes in its to risky.

Smooth 528 : 👍👍❤️ Cajun Navy

The World Is A Vampire : THIS is America.🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸

TheGreatNord : This is awesome! It’s crazy to think this event happened 30 minutes from my house.

SpiritGirlSF : Hats off to the Cajun Navy! The People of our city of San Francisco needs to come up with a way to deal with the homeless crisis and its going to have to come from the people who live here. The Cajun Navy is a great model of what can happen when people come together for a crisis but our current crisis was a slow moving train wreck and now is overwhelming, but has many of the elements that come with natural disaster. Big and complex problem to try to solve and I feel like the eyes of the Nation are on us to see how we handle it,. As news about other big cities having the same problem with homelessness is made known it seems like they are waiting to follow our example. So this appears to be a National problem which makes me wonder what went wrong and how to fix it? Any ideas?

Joseph Baska : This exactly how it should be

JS Warpaint : Next year they'll be doing HALO jumps placing Flameless Flare LED's in the hots spots for the 2nd incoming wave of CN personnel

Mr. 1000 CC : That is the meaning of humanity, right on.

Wyatt Robinson : This is how the world should work. Random people helping other random people.

Domina Dracone : They were crucial during Katrina because the government didn't respond quickly or effectively enough. While I'm grateful they are willing and able to help, I'm afraid that reliance on local civilian volunteers will encourage governments to invest less in disaster relief and prevention

motorcop505 : The thought of civilians directing and performing search and rescue operations in the US is not a new one. The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force, has been conducting SAR missions for downed aircraft since WWII and are integrated with the USAF's Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service and their Rescue Coordination Center. The idea of tad Cajun Navy is a good one, but they shouldn't waste incredible amounts of time, effort, and money reinventing the wheel. If they are truly serious about becoming an effective SAR unit, the Cajun Navy should coordinate their actions and training with the CAP, the USCG Auxiliary, FEMA, and the various respective state emergency management agencies. If they did that, they would make a quantum leap in their effectiveness as a SAR force. Or they could just play at being a rescue organization.

Shannon Zittlow : Thank God for the Cajun navy they Make America Great🗽🇺🇸🗽🚣 vote Trump 2020. Get R Done