I'm a retired electrical contractor. Saw this morning a story on fuel shortages due to no power at the gas stations. There probably is a huge amount of fuel now stored that way. I also see the power trucks Being shipped in to restore power. The military has generator trucks & Portable gens could be provided to the power crews. It would be relatively simple for these crews to isolate the power panels at the stations ...more »
Sample MetaScenario: A Category 5 hurricane on the scale of Hurricane Andrew is fast approaching southern Florida, forcing mass evacuations in preparation for landfall. Even as the state takes its normal actions, hospitals across Florida and surrounding states are reporting unusually high numbers of patients exhibiting symptoms of a fatal and fast-spreading illness of unknown origin. Compounding both of these issues is a large population of non-English speaking residents and large elderly and disabled community. Clearly, both the pending hurricane and the rapidly spreading illness are critical priorities. All hospitals are full or in the hurricane path. Forty percent or more of the first responders are, or soon will, exhibit signs of illness, further weakening the resources typically used to help and further taxing the system. As the hurricane makes landfall, 7 million people across Florida are in an evacuation zone. Over 190,000 people are dead from the mystery illness, which is now believed to be food-born and not contagious, but still the source is unknown. Another 265,000 are requiring immediate medical attention. Furthermore, transportation workers, utility workers, and other key response workers are among those impacted by the illness, and are unable to keep up with power outages and other infrastructure failures.
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I, and likely many people, Have an RV that is no longer is use. Possibly these could be used for temporary housing. Mine, has heat, shower, Kitchen, washer/dryer and could hold a family of 4 easily for a month or more.
May people, like myself, have a RV that could be used for temporary housing. Mine has capabilty to hold a family of 4, a kitchen, shower, bathroom, washer/dryer,.
Officials from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers presented Alabama-based Decatur Utilities with documents that “required our folks to affiliate with the union,” Ray Hardin, general manager of Decatur. “That was something that we could not agree to. It was our understanding and still is that it was a requirement for us to work in that area.” Hardin said most of his six-man, four-vehicle crew was stuck ...more »
DUE TO THE MASSIVE BREAKAGE OCCURRING TO MOST HOUSES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, A UNIT THAT REESTABLISHES CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT SUCH AS BRICKS IS EXTRMELY NECESSARY AND WILL BENEFIT CLEANUP ALL THE MORE. THIS IS NOT A WAIT TILL PROJECT ,, IT IS AN IMMEDIATE SOLUTION THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED CITIWIDE COVERING ALL 5 BOROS,INCLUDING LONG ISLAND , AND NEW JERSEY..... PLEASE SEND IMMEDIATE RESPONSE VIA TEXT OR PHONE ...more »
There's a company in the UK that I read about recently (snoozebox.com) that has portable hotel rooms in shipping containers that are able to be shipped anywhere in the world and easily set up. They wouldn't be comfortable for long-term stays, but they would sure work in a pinch. It might be useful for the needs of temporarily displaced people.
I live in NYC and I have a start-up company that works to distribute portable solar energy solutions to the extremely impoverished living in Liberia. I would be more than willing to mobilize my network of contacts in the industry to bring solar lanterns that are also capable of charging cell phones. I also have access to some larger, more powerful systems that are ready to go out of the package. This would require ...more »