Palmerston North Emergency Precautions Scheme to members of the House Patrols
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- Palmerston North Emergency Precautions Scheme instructions
- Series 4
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- Community Archives
- C. E. Warburton Papers
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- Palmerston North Emergency Precautions Scheme
- Palmerston North
- circa 1942
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- Ian Matheson City Archives
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Palmerston North E.P.S. House Patrols.
Instructions to members.
There should be 60 patrols, as per plan.
Each patrol should consist of 4 persons, (2 women & 2 boy scouts,) who should
select their own leader.
Each member of the Patrol should reside in the area to be patrolled.
In conjunction with the Fire Patrol for the same Block, Patrol H.Q. should be
arranged in each [patrol] area, where possible this should be at the home of
one member of the house patrol, to avoid unnecessary travel.
Patrol H.Q. should be located at a home equipped with a telephone & a slit
trench for protection. Each patrol H.Q. will be supplied with a board [to] be
displayed in a prominent place (e.g. front gate) to notify residents in that
area of its location.
DUTIES [BEFORE] EMERGENCY.
- Each patrol should immediately call on each every home in its area,
make themselves known to the occupants thereof & advise them of the duties,
the patrol will carry out during an emergency. [Special] attention should be
paid to homes where there are [elderly] people or young babies, or any similar
cases, as these may require special attention during an emergency.
- Patrols should for their own information compile a list of the names &
addresses of the residents in their own area & any special circumstances,
(such as husband overseas)
- Patrols should go round their area at regular intervals & endeavour to
secure [the confidence] of their residents. The knowledge that a patrol will
visit them as soon as possible after a raid will have a [tremendous] effect on
the morale of the people.
- Residents should be [advised that] during a raid, if they require immediate
assistance, they are to display a white sheet from a front window as a signal
but they must be encouraged not to call for assistance when they can provide
for their own wants, as others may require the services of the patrol more
- To save time & unnecessary calls, patrols should organise in each street,
reliable persons, who on the [sounding] of the all clear will ascertain if
any assistance is required & be waiting to report to the patrols on arrival.
If out of every 3 homes, one person is made responsible to visit the [neighbour]
on either side & report to the patrols, two thirds of the calls will be
- Patrols should equip themselves with a bag containing:-
- Torch, 2. Facilities for ordinary home first aid.
- Any other articles which they may think necessary, 4. small [writing pad]
for despatching messages.
DUTIES ON ALARM:-
- With all reasonable speed, patrols should assemble at their patrol H.Q.
report to their district warden & take cover.
- Unless urgent attention is required by any in your area, no person should
leave the post, until the all clear is sounded, or [until] otherwise ordered
- on the sounding of the all clear the scouts should make a hurried
inspection of the area (on bicycle) to ascertain if any white signals are
- If signals are displayed scouts should ascertain nature of casualty &
report immediately to patrol leader. The patrol leader should immediately
visit this home & decide what action should be taken, either that it is a
case requiring ordinary simple home treatment or whether it is a case
requiring the attention of the nearest casualty station.
- If casualty requires expert attention:-
a. If [telephone] is available advise H.Q. nature of casualty
b. If telephone is out of order or engaged send scout with a written & signed
notice to nearest point of communication, advising nature of casualty &
attention required, e.g. ambulance or car.
c. In all cases of communication
- BE CALM 2. BE ACCURATE 3. BE QUICK, 4 BE CLEAR.
d. If possible make patient comfortable & arrange with some suitable person,
preferably a neighbour whom the patient knows, to remain in attendance
until expert assistance arrives.
e. Under no circumstances attempt to render expert assistance.
Palmerston North E.P.S. House patrols page 2.
Instructions to members continued.
If there are no casualties reported proceed as speedily as possible
to visit every home to reassure people the raid is over & to restore
morale. Do not dwell too long as others will require reassuring as well.
Remember always your duty is not to render expert assistance ---
that is the function of the Medical & Public health section, through H.Q.
of same. Your duty is to ascertain the location, extent &
nature of the casualties in your area & to notify the medical &
Public Health Section through H.Q. of same. But remember the calls on the
dressing stations may be many & if it is a case of only a minor nature, that
[you] would ordinarily attend to in your own home, do so & save unnecessary
calls on the dressing stations.
Your main duties are:-
To restore the morale of your area.
To attend to minor [casualties]
To notify serious casualties.
On completion of your patrol, report fully to your warden what you
The main essential in carrying out your duties is the exercise
of common sense.