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That time I took part in SimEx 2018

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SIMEX Series is the UK’s largest annual international disaster response exercise. It is an operational (live controlled) field exercise designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise disaster event response plans, policies and procedures. Player participation comprises of; activate, mobilise, respond operationally on scene, report (internally and externally), implement short and medium-term plans, hand-over, demobilise and complete after-action reviews.

SIMEX Series of exercises have taken place annually since 2012. The exercise comprises a mix of live, simulation and command and control events in order to provide a neutral platform to test both national and international emergency response mechanisms. The overall aims of the exercise comprise of:

  1. The development of international and national response capacity;
  2. The promotion of coordination of humanitarian assistance, emergency response, research and education;
  3. The evaluation of the disaster management systems presented by the participating organisations

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Many many organisations took part. Go here to see a whole list.

The whole thing lasted 3 days but as 1st year nursing students we were only there on the one day, the Wednesday, at Fort Widley. Some of us (not me) did however take part in the Tuesday evening events and many of my co-hort didn’t even bother taking part!!

Getting to Fort Widley

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Simulations

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Those are just a few of the photos taken on the day. Can’t wait till next year as we will be fully involved in 2 days of action. The Tuesday as casualties and the Wednesdays as nurses.

finance

Finance: May 2018 budget

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I am still on my £1 DMP payments till July and the red indicates debt to my credit cards. I’ve budgeted £150 for fun money this month (restaurants/pub) as we are in Lewes this weekend for 3 days so we’ll just have to wait and see how that holds up.

finance

Finance: Debt update

 

I’m working on a new way to show my debt pay off. While I am setting up the DMP, payment has been slow, in fact the debt has actually gone up. My aim is to have my credit cards paid off by July 2019 and to try for a full & final settlement for Very or one/two of the DCA debts early in 2019.

Very or notorious for not selling on debt & defaulting. I can’t do anything with them till they do.

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finance

Finances: Tools to help me budget + pay off debt…

YNAB

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YNAB is a budgeting app/software where you budget to zero each month, ‘every dollar has a job’. There are 4 basic rules that you should follow:

Rule 1: Give Every Dollar A Job

Rule 2: Embrace Your True Expenses

Rule 3: Roll With The Punches

Rule 4: Age Your Money

For a fully detailed explaination check out YNAB

YNAB has really helped me figure out a budget for me, there is often some tweaking throughout the month and I have not perfected it yet but it has really helped me see into the future. I am continually learning new things about the programme and they are continually adding new features.

I started off with classic YNAB which was a piece of software you placed on your pc, eventually I moved to nYAB which is an online programme as well as app. I don’t use the app so much as I prefer to do transactions on the main portal, but the app is a great way to add transactions as & when they happen. The programme costs me £4.44 a month and is well worth it.

I will do a whole post/s on how I use YNAB soon.

PAYE Tax Calculator

My wage changes each month depending on how much unsocial I do. To produce the best budget I can on YNAB I use a PAYE tax calculator to workout my take home pay. You can add deductions for student loans, pensions, change your tax code as well as change your NI letter. My tax code, therefore allowance is slightly higher than most on the basic code as I have claimed for uniform. It doesn’t give me much extra but it all helps.

I use this for both my main job as well as my bank/second job.

fitness

Weight loss update…

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I am doing a different set up with these weight loss updates. I will be using my average weight for the week and my current stats from ‘monitor my weight’. My weight goes up & down the same 1-2 kgs. I appear to be sticking to around 80-81kg most days but my body fat has dropped and stayed in the 36 mark when it used to be stuck on 38!

I just really want to see my weight start with a 7!

This post is just a place to get up to date with previous weeks, so here we go….

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