After a disaster, it’s easy for chaos to take over. However, it’s important that you organize your disaster relief base camps properly for effective relief efforts. Your base camps provide a space for logistics and planning. However, more importantly, they also provide necessary resources for disaster relief personnel. Responders will need food, water, rest, and shelter to adequately take care of their own needs and aid the needs of disaster victims.
When Do You Need to Set Up Disaster Relief Base Camps?
Generally, if relief efforts last longer than 12 hours, your responders will need access to basic amenities and provisions. Therefore, you will likely need to set up disaster relief base camps for your responders. Establish disaster relief base camps in a safe area near the scene of the incident that can easily receive supplies. Therefore, ensure that your camp is located near an easily accessible road, if possible, to facilitate supply deliveries.
When to Conduct Shift Changes?
Once you have your emergency base camp ready, consider how to manage your relief workers’ shifts. Shifts should last for a maximum of 12 hours, at which time you should conduct a shift change. This way, your personnel can take care of their own needs, such as eating and sleeping. After 12 hours, disaster personnel will need to rest in their mobile sleeper trailers to recover from the day. The best time to change shifts is generally during the daylight, as it makes it easier for on-coming shift personnel to identify hazards. Additionally, daylight will make transportation from your disaster relief base camps safer.
Base Camp Supplies and Structures You Will Need
To adequately provide for your responders, you should provide food, water, and sleeping arrangements on your base camp. Additionally, shower and laundry trailers will help your personnel maintain their hygiene. Therefore, be sure that your plans include disaster relief mobile sleeper trailers for your responders to rest in and structures for food preparation and service. This way, your relief workers can care for their own needs so they can continue to help disaster victims more effectively.
In addition, you may need to add a medical area for your base camp. What many incident commanders don’t realize is that EMS responders aiding victims often can’t be diverted to treat relief personnel. Therefore, if you notice multiple medical issues among your personnel, you may need to include a medical tent or trailer to properly care for their injuries.
At Lodging Solutions Emergency Services, we provide structures and support for disaster relief base camps. In addition to mobile sleeper trailers and command center structures, we also assist with pre-disaster planning, gray water disposal, and mobile water truck delivery. Our experts provided solutions for Hurricanes Humberto, Gustav, Ike, Harvey, and Irma, as well as the New Jersey ice storm in 2018 and the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Tornado in 2013. Call us today at (888) 995-4044 to learn more or to start a deployment. At Mobile Lodging Solutions, we are here to help you aid those in need.