Group 1 HQ
P.O. Box 25436
Scott AFB IL 62225

Lt Col Randy Mitchell









GROUP 1 Safety Page

Safety Officer -


"I pledge to do my part to foster a safe environment during all CAP activities, to be a responsible steward of all CAP resources and to fully prepare myself for the challenging missions that serve America."



Make sure you have vehicles fueled, enough cash on hand, and have an adequate stock of all prescribed medications.

Have working battery operated radios and flashlights, and be aware that ice events may limit cell phone use due to downed cell phone towers.

You are encouraged to stay in your home and not travel unless it is an emergency.

If you must travel, you should drive carefully and stay away from downed or low hanging power lines. All downed power lines should be reported to local utility companies, not 911.

911 Phone Lines should only be used for bonafide emergencies.

You are encouraged to make sure you know where your family members are at all times and check on neighbors, especially shut-ins who may be without heat in this emergency.

You should be aware of potential carbon monoxide hazards when alternative heat sources are used. You should not use camping stoves or charcoal grills indoors, and emergency generators should be checked for proper operation and adequate fuel supplies should be on hand for potential long term use. Proper fireplace use should also be practiced, since blowing and drifting snow may cause chimneys to become blocked.

Should power outages occur, you should check to see that all appliances are off and there are no unusual natural gas smells around stoves, furnaces and water heaters. If a gas leak is suspected, you should leave your home and call 911 immediately.

Listen to your battery-powered radio or TV, especially for news at the top of each hour, to find out when the power might be restored.

Unplug some of your major appliances. When the power comes back on, all of those appliances can create a drain or power surge. This can harm sensitive equipment. To avoid a power surge when the electricity returns, turn off computers, TVs, stereos and other unnecessary electronic equipment at the power source. Leave a light on so you'll know when the power is restored.

If you have a generator, do not connect it to your home's power system unless it has been properly installed and disconnects you from the main power grid when it is operating. If you do not disconnect from the power grid, you can be sending electricity back down the lines; not just to your home. That could be deadly for power company workers.

If you have a regular wood stove or fireplace, you can use it for heat. However, DO NOT USE kerosene heaters, BBQs, or any outdoor type heater inside. Such devices create poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas given off by combustion and could kill.

Check on your elderly neighbors or those who may have medical conditions or use medical machinery that operates on electricity.

If you have to go out, remember that traffic signals may be out during a power outage. Consider each intersection to be a four-way stop.



Air Force website to allow better planning with regards to military air operations and general aviation safety

Air Combat Command officials at Langley AFB, Va., currently are reaching out to private civilian pilots by publicizing a Web site designed to prevent mid-air collisions with military aircraft. 
    The Web site, called , allows users to locate their flight path and determine how they can avoid flying through military operating areas. 
    Although it's legal for private pilots to fly through military operating air space, it's risky and often costly, said Lt. Col. Ned Linch, the 12th Air Force flight safety chief. "When I first started flying the F-16 (Fighting Falcon), I had a few near-misses with some light civil [airplanes], so when I got my masters degree, I did a lot of projects on mid-air collision avoidance," he said. 
    Col. Linch said when a private pilot enters military air space, all training must cease until the civilian aircraft departs the training area. This costs money in fuel because re-setting a training scene takes time. It also robs Air Force pilots of valued training hours. Therefore, Defense Department officials give tips on the site about when and where military aircraft fly, their maneuvers and tips to avoid a mid-air collision. All military operating areas and routes in the United States are marked. 
    "It's important for us to get the word out," Col. Linch said. "One: where the air space is, and, two: let them know that, yes, it's legal [to fly through]; however, you are creating a safety issue -- and a training issue as well." 
    Most air-space conflicts can be avoided by simply planning a route properly, he said. "With [Global Positioning Systems], it's easy just to go direct [to your destination]," the colonel said. But going direct sometimes is not the best option. "We're trying to help guys learn how to navigate special-use air space." 
    The "See and Avoid" Web site makes that possible.

    Another purpose of the site helps military pilots understand and communicate to private pilots. "We're all using and sharing the same air space," said Col. Kelly Fletcher, the ACC deputy director of flying safety. "Sometimes [private pilots] don't fully understand our needs and sometime we don't understand theirs. So this is a way to have that communication." 
    Perhaps the best advantage of the Web site is that users need not consult multiple sources or Web sites to plan a route, Col. Fletcher said. "It's easy to use and everything is in one place," he said. "Instead of each base having their own site, this is a single central place all pilots can go to." 
    In addition to military operating areas and routes, the site also pinpoints where past near- misses and mid-air collisions have occurred. This highlights areas more prone to accidents. 
    "It builds an awareness and understanding," Col. Fletcher said. "If I'm going through or by a military operating area that has a high volume of basic flying training, I probably need to be aware because it's a high concentration of a lot of aircraft coming in and out and moving around there."

John Brendel, Capt, CAP
Deputy Director of Safety Ė Aviation


Extreme Cold Weather

When the National Weather Service issues a warning of severe cold weather, All members and their families should plan on taking a few simple precautions if they are required to be out of doors during this time.

If out of doors for protracted lengths of time, use the "buddy system" in the event of cold weather related injury, be aware of frostbite symptoms. Try to limit your out of doors exposure to the cold.
  • Plan your trip by vehicle in advance, use a Trip Plan as suggested in the January 2008 Safety Pins newsletter.
  • Keep your vehicle filled with fuel, add gas line anti-freeze if it has been not been completely full.
  • Be sure your vehicle is in good operating condition.
  • All passengers and the driver properly clothed for outside weather conditions.
  • Carry charged cell phone.
  • Thermos containing warm beverage.
  • Be sure that heater and defroster are operating correctly.
  • Be sure to follow your aircraft's recommended cold weather procedure.
  • Have appropriate clothing in the event of an "off airport" landing.
  • Carry charged cell phone & auxiliary battery operated radio transceiver.
  • Carry some type of signaling device
  • Carry extra blankets and outerwear.
  • Carry some type of energy food & water.
  • UDF & Ground Team Leaders/IC's & Mission Safety Officer should re-evaluate temperature and other weather factors on a continuous basis (Operational Risk Assessment)
  • Minimize/Limit constant exposure to cold.
  • Make sure all vehicle & aircraft safety procedures for cold weather are followed as stated  above.
  • Make sure that all participants are properly dressed for the temperature extremes.
  • Have a thermos of a warm beverage available.
  • Wear proper uniform accessories for warmth  (Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Thermal underclothing)
  •  Be sure that your fossil fuel heating device(s) is working properly.
  •  Be alert for Carbon Monoxide alarm alerts.
  •  Be sure your home is properly vented when sing kerosene/propane     heating devices in your home or outer building.
  • Protect your Pets against prolonged exposure to the cold.


Safety Always In Hot Weather
July 2007
We are in the midst of a heat wave!
Obvious isnít it? Itís not so obvious youíre getting dehydrated and are on the verge of Heat exhaustion or worse, Heat stroke.

Here are some preventative tips to help avoid heat injury:

  • Drink plenty of fluids when participating in outside activities, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Preseason conditioning will help your body cope with the heat and humidity.
  • Take many breaks in hot weather.
  • Do not over exert yourself especially if you are not properly acclimatized.
  • Participate in activities in the morning or late afternoon when the temperature is cooler.
  • The sun's rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothes made of porous materials.

If you believe someone is suffering from overexposure to heat, immediately seek medical care. Until help arrives, you should move the victim to a shaded area; remove any excess clothing; wet and fan the body; and elevate the legs and buttocks.

During the 2007 Scott AFB Air Show expect it to be hot. Most of you will be wearing BDUís. They are hot. You all should have a canteen and web belt or a Camel Back. Make sure it is filled with fresh water. Use sunscreen. You donít want to suffer from sunburn, or any other sun or heat related problems.

Safety Officer - Career Track Information

Basic Information

CAPP 217 - Specialty Track Study Guide - Safety Officer is your guide for what you need to do in order to progress within the career track. The same as all other CAP career tracks, you first earn a "Technician" rating, then "Senior," and finally "Master."

For promotion to Capt, you must have achieved a Technician rating in at least one career track.

For promotion to MAJ, you need a Senior rating in any career track.

For promotion to Lt. Col, you need a Master rating.


Your best source of information for how to achieve you career goals are your squadron's Professional Development Officer and you Wing Safety Officer. You'll find much of it online, so you need to be comfortable accessing the Internet. Many required tests are found online as well. Also you can visit the Civil Air Patrol National website and look at the Civil Air Patrol Safety Management Book, where you'll find most forms as well.

How to do it

Do not get frustrated by the path placed before you. Take one thing at a time, as you learn what you need to do. Remember - if you devote yourself to it you can do it, and there are plenty of other Safety Officers who will help you along the way.

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Copyright firearsn © 2007, 2013.
Last revised: 16 February 2013.