A question for first responders

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    When you guys respond to a disaster like the tornados that have hit the South this week, I know you spray paint an X, ususally in a circle or square, I assume the Red X means a body located, a black X means no fatality. What do the numbers writen in different quaderants of the X mean?


    I missed this post years ago but typically the quadrants of the “X” are used to indicate when structure was searched, which task force performed the search, what hazards are present, and how many victims are trapped in the building. If trapped victims can not be easily removed, then USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) teams bring in equipment to remove debris and carefully shore up the structure to prevent further collapse during a rescue. More about post-disaster FEMA USAR team markings at https://csengineermag.com/article/communicating-the-damage-post-disaster-building-placards-and-marks/

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