Hurricane Preparedness Week was observed from May 5 to May 11 this year. During this period, federal agencies offer guidance for preparing for these major storms. Deployable base camps, emergency water supplies and other necessities can be arranged before hurricane season officially begins on June 1, 2019. Making these arrangements can ensure the fastest possible response in the aftermath of these devastating storms. Here are some of the most important takeaways from federal agencies observing Hurricane Preparedness Week this year.
Maintaining Clear Lines of Communications
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put safeguards in place to ensure that local, state and federal agencies can communicate clearly and easily during crisis situations. Make sure that your relief workers have access to mobile phones and chargers in their disaster relief mobile sleeper trailer or base camp facilities. This will allow them to communicate with each other and for managing operations if landlines are down.
The Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) established by the FCC is a centralized system that collects information from communication companies regarding the status of their services. Agencies can check with the FCC to determine the estimated time for repairs and a practical approach to staying in touch with your staff members in the meantime. This allows a more proactive approach to the process of preparing for disaster relief.
Educate the Public
A practical way to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms is to touch base with the public about the best steps to take before these storms make landfall. At a minimum, adequate supplies should be readily available including:
- Bottled water for three or more days
- Non-perishable foods for the same time period
- Diapers, formula and bottles for babies and toddlers
- Dog or cat food if needed
- Prescription medications
- Flashlights and batteries
- A portable radio with batteries or a crank-powered system
Keeping spare supplies of these items in your deployable base camps can help to reduce some of the stress and worry experienced during the recovery efforts.
At Lodging Solutions, we specialize in providing deployable base camps for first responders, utility repair personnel and relief workers after major natural disasters. We offer support for disaster relief base camps and those who use them in recovery efforts after hurricanes strike. To begin the planning process or to request more information about our services, call Lodging Solutions today at 832-256-2895. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.