In June 2011, a team from Midwest Card & ID Solutions participated in a large sandbagging effort in Parkville, Missouri, in anticipation of the impending Missouri River flood.
Brenden Ourth, Adam Sherwood, Gary Williams and John Sholey spent June 6-8 tagging and tracking volunteers in Parkville who had shown up for the massive preventative task. Over the course of the three days, the Midwest Card team successfully accounted for 1,710 volunteers, business owners, and First Responders.
The team set up two complete RapidTAG stations to create hard-card IDs; used COMMAND with three mobile units at incident command; employed one copy of MOBILE Express to track individuals down to the ICS assignment level; and worked closely with the IC staff, using the new CNIP product, to produce a 23-page incident plan. Midwest Card also handed the Mayor of Parkville a 266-page report at the end of the event.
"It was a great feeling to assist our community and provide a solution that met all of their identification and accountability needs," Brenden says. "The incident went over so well that we have already attended a second sandbagging event using the Salamander system. The Deputy Emergency Manager for the county told the local authorities that if you want accountability done right, you have to call Midwest Card! It was a great way to demonstrate the product and prove its capabilities during a real event."