New base camp – meet my new friend Iggy!

Changing basecamp locations today. Whahooo!!!! Not.

I have received many questions on living conditions so let me share with you the new living quarters. We are now in Big Pine Key at a former road patrol prison.

Need to use the bathroom?


Definitely not a hotel. No real toilets in sight.

Male and female tents separate the people staying here.


Inside our sleeping quarters.


Good thing I stopped by early so I can claim top bunk.

But upon closer inspection, I found that something has already claimed my space.


So I figured it was a good time to take a picture with my new bunk mate.


I shall name him Iggy.

If there isn’t enough housing for disaster survivors, don’t think you are going to have a nice hotel to stay in or to lounge around. Plain and simple – disaster Survivors are the priority.

So to summarize, those that THINK they are going to be pampered with lush amenities, stay in a hotel, and gain points – this ain’t it. Don’t expect anyone to pamper you or get turn down service. And yes, it’s loud at night.

I’d also recommend that if you can’t stand camping, you are not cut out for disaster response.

I would best associate this disaster’s lodging to extreme camping.

@rusnivek

New FEMA lodging for Hurricane Irma Disaster Response Recovery

I was instructed by senior leadership to move lodging again. Now sleeping at Florida Keys International Airport Basecamp.

Luxurious? Nope, just on the airport taxiway at Echo. Right next to an active runway and aircraft are using the airfield all the time at Florida Keys International Airport.

Like any other location, you MUST check in.


You mean I get to pick my own king sized bed? AWESOME!!!


Home sweet home.


Need to shower? Just go into the trailer.


Need to use the bathroom? Just across the way. Always wear your boots because it’s flooded.


Splash splash. Fun times.


I said it before and I’ll say it again: If you dislike using porta-pottys all the time, you are not cut out for disaster response/recovery.

Reporting live from the airport taxiway…

@rusnivek

Public Works (ESF-3) part of the response phase #Hurricane #Harvey #Port #Arkansas #Texas #Disaster

I talk about it all the time in class – Emergency Support Function-3 (ESF-3) is an important part of our RESPONSE effort in a disaster.

Why do I talk about this all the time? Public works isn’t considered the traditional Fire or EMS or Law Enforcement….but when faced with this….

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Public Works’ efforts with so many various resources allow all public safety to get to affected areas.

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Often times, people believe public works is only for recovery and clean up. That is not true. As you can see, we clearly need them during the response phase – just to get to affected areas.

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Get to know your public works professionals now. They are an invaluable resource for the response phase.

@rusnivek

 

Are you serious? This is NOT Infinite power #NatlPrep #Power

This better not be your plan when the power goes out…

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One of the main reasons why people evacuate from the safety of their home is because they have no power source. For 2015 National Preparedness Month, here’s a few tips you can use before the power goes out:

  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Ensure you have extra compatible batteries for any device that can run on battery power (i.e., cell phones, portable phones, medical or assistive devices, radios).
  • Consider purchasing hand-crank and solar-powered chargers.
  • Consider extra USB port battery packs so you are able to charge various devices.
  • Extra charging cables – and make sure they are over 5 ft long.

Because no one likes a dead cell phone or portable device right?

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Plug into knowledge…and get better prepared today.

Be powered and Ready by starting here!

@rusnivek