UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

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SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST

UPDATE 3 | Searching for 6 YO David Puckett

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SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of this post. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found and resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI and hundreds of volunteers put their NYE plans on hold to search for missing David Puckett.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

We sent a request to Aurora PD for additional information asking if the Bloodhound K9s are finding scent trails and if there are any bodies of water nearby. Additionally, we have asked the size of their search perimeter to gain a feel of how their Search is set-up.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is currently mostly cloudy with temps at 40*F with winds at 16 mph and humidity of 38%. There is a zero chance of any precip today.  Temps are expected to drop later this evening into the 20’s with a chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?).

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Editor’s Comments:  “We had to be careful with our Bloodhound because once he got on a scent trail, his behavior became so animated nearly pulling my hubby’s arm out of the socket or causing him to lose his footing.” 

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1233 PST / 1333 Hours MST

UPDATE | Searching for At-Risk David Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado last night around 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of yet.

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed this case simply does not qualify it as one, deemed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. (CBI). It appears that he just simply wandered off from his home.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male as 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found, resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI have all been involved in this case.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone inside a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

PRESSER

The next presser will be at 0800 MST on Monday, January 2nd or if they find David, whichever occurs first.

REWARD

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain unanonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2315 Hours PST / 0015 Hours MST

HAVE YOU SEEN ME? | Finding 6 YO David Pucket

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AT RISK CHILD – MISSING

SUMMARY

Six year old David Pucket went missing on New Year’s eve around 1745 Hours MST, Aurora Police are saying most likely he left voluntarily but are not ruling out a possible abduction from his home in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

DESCRIPTION

David Pucket, 6, is described as a white male as 4′, 47#, brown hair and hazel eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt, black & orange boots and a tan coat. He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School. | UPDATE | David has Brown eyes, not Hazel.

Police urge those who may have seen this At Risk child to call 9-1-1 immediately and report all and any tips (no matter if you think it is insignificant) to Law Enforcement. See Something? Say Something.

RESOURCES

Aurora PD say this is their highest priority case and have many resources from various units and surrounding communities out looking for him.

SRT, Patrols, Major Crimes, Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team, Denver PD Helicopter, Arapahoe Co SAR volunteers, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FBI and Darmouth Elementary have either been deployed or are said to be part of this high priority case as resources.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone into a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.  They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

Due to the unknowns in this case and criteria needed, an Amber Alert has not been issued but could if their investigation turns into that direction.

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES

Police, Volunteers, Family and other persons will be out in full force today looking to find David.  Due to cold weather conditions, David was probably not dressed properly making it even that much more of a priority to find him.

Aifinding-david-colorador resources may include Drones and a Helicopter today along with a high number of ground resources.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channel (Twitter, FB) for more updates. When RT this, please use the same hashtag, so we can align all of our posts on the same page.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.   Firefighters are represented by the IAFF Local 1290.

The weather is currently partly sunny with temps of 45*F with Westerly winds at 6 mph and humidity at 27%.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1310 PST / 1410 MST

** NEW ** WILDFIRE: Guadalupe Fire | Coronado NF [AZ/NM] | SitRep 1

The Coronado National Forest just released information on a new wildfire dubbed Guadalupe Firediscovered this morning around 1000 hours at 50 acres.

#FireImages Credit:  United States Forest Service

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The fire is located 30 miles East of the Douglas Ranger District located in Douglas, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest, located in Hildalgo County, New Mexico.

#FireImage Credit: US Forest Service

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Fire fuel is mostly grass and brush burning around the bottom of the Guadalupe Mountains.

At mid-day, the fire activity became somewhat active causing the fire to consume additional land and on the eastern flank moving to the northwest.

A Type 3 ICS team is in place.

Resources are currently 1 HOTshot crew, 1 initial attack crew, 2 engines and 1 air attack platform.

The cause of this fire is under investigation.

#Hashtags:  #GuadalupeFir #CoronadoNF

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

TROPICAL CYCLONE PAM: March 9, 2015

DAY 1

Tropical Cyclone Pam aka #TCPam has been deemed one of the worst storms to hit the area brutally battering the Vanuatu and devastating other areas in the South Pacific Ocean.

Here’s a recap of what’s happened in the region at the time of #TCPam formed and launching herself on to the areas in the South Pacific.

About Kiribati, The Island

#TCPam’s New Target

  • Kiribati, an Island Nation located centrally in the Pacific Ocean.
  • The nation is comprised of 33 atoll and reef islands; one raised coral reef, Banaba. It has a 310-square mile land area that is dispersed over a 1,351,100 square miles.
  • They became independent of the UK in 1979.
  • Law Enforcement is carried out by the Kiribati Police Service which has a station on each Island.  They have one police boat.  No other LE resources.
  • The Nation has no Military force and relies heavily on both Australia and New Zealand for its defense.

The People Cry Out for Help

Cries for help from the people of Kiribati begin to surface. After a severe drought, with no clean drinking water and unsanitary conditions, they begin to report water rising up their low-lying shores into their Villages. They ask for help on where to evacuate to as there are no mountains, other high-rise buildings as they live in a low-lying flat area.

About Kiribati’s Capital – “Tarawa”

  • South part of the Capital experiencing strong winds, with high seas
  • Most of the sea walls constructed by MaCDow have been destroyed
  • Roads are covered with sand, gravel and big stones
  • Residential homes along the Coast are being greatly affected by strong waves
  • Their wells that are solely for drinking water have turned to saline & are no longer viable
  • Main food plants breadfruit, pawpaw, etc have been affected, difficult to get
  • One road leads in and out of Coastal Island Kiribati

Photo Credit Kirbati Abau Ni Koaua [Taken on March 9, 2015]

Photo Credit Kirbati Abau Ni Koaua [Taken on March 9, 2015]

  • Some of the residents that live in Kiribati who are licensed drivers are in fear and have stayed home. They don’t want to drive through the salty sea waters or be hit by them. They are staying put to try to build new sea walls to protect their homes.

NASA’s Captures #TCPam’s Wrath

 ” #TCPam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew overhead and found some heavy rain occurring when it measured rainfall rates within the intensifying storm.

GPM is managed by both NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. From its orbit in space, the GPM satellite has the ability to measure the rates in which rain is falling in storms. GPM passed over newborn Tropical Cyclone Pam on March 9 at 05:01 UTC (1:01 a.m. EST). GPM identified heavy rainfall in excess of 1.4 inches (35.5 mm) per hour in a fragmented bands of thunderstorms north of Pam’s center of circulation.

MODIS image of Pam

Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team [Photo Captured March 9, 2015]

 At 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EST) on March 9, #TCPam’s maximum sustained winds were near 45 knots (51.7 mph/83.3 kph). Pam was moving to the southeast at 3 knots (3.4 mph/5.5 kph). It was centered near 8.5 south latitude and 169.8 east longitude, about 760 nautical miles (874.6 miles/1,408 km) northwest of Nadi, Fiji.” – says Rob Gutro, NASA’s Goodard Space Flight Center.

Weather Alerts Begin to Flood Social Media

  • “While a direct hit isn’t likely, Cyclone Pam is likely to brush the North Island Sun – Tues.” – @WeatherWatch.co.nz
  • “Update Tropical Low now Tropical CyclonePam 995hPa Category 1 near 8.4S169.8E at 090600UTC moving ESE.” – @cbemergency

Fiji Government Issues Alert

Photo Credit: @FijiGov_FMDNDM

“Note: the past cyclone track may be adjusted on the basis of later information. The forecast track is considered the most likely based on the information available at time of analysis, and there may be other possible future tracks.” – Fiji Government

 

Warning: Gales or stronger within 24 hours Very Destructive Hurricane Force Winds
Alert: Gales or stronger within 24-48 hours Destructive Storm Force Winds
Damaging Gale Force Winds

“For the 24 hr and 48 hr positions, the three radii represent the extent of Hurricane, Storm and Gale winds away from the centre.

Name: Severe Tropical Cyclone PAM
Situation At: 1200 UTC Saturday 14 March 2015
Location: 24.4S, 171.0E
Recent Movement: SSE at 44 km/h

Fiji time is UTC +12 hours.

For example, 0000 UTC Saturday is 1200 Saturday Fiji time.
For example, 1800 UTC Saturday is 0600 Sunday Fiji time.

Category Cyclone 1 has mean winds 34-47 knots with a central pressure greater than 985 hPa
Category Cyclone 2 has mean winds 48-63 knots with a central pressure 985-970 hPa
Category Cyclone 3 has mean winds 64-85 knots with a central pressure 970-945 hPa
Category Cyclone 4 has mean winds 86-107 knots with a central pressure 945-910 hPa
Category Cyclone 5 has mean winds greater than 107 knots with a central pressure less than 910 hPa” – Fiji Government

Country Getting Prepared

  • The National Disaster Management Council meets at NDMO HQ.
  • Vanuatu activates emergency plans at Cat5 is pridicted.
  • All schools in Northern, Eastern and Western Divisions are closed for the next day.

Updates

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