Good morning fellow ARES members.
A few things on this Red Cross
Update. Cold Weather, Atlantic Disturbance 1, and Hurricane
#1) Cold weather:
We are moving into an area of change in our threat profile. We have fire weather still, and we have emerging cold weather. We are also into our mini tornado season #2 where we have to keep our eyes open because of the jet stream moving south. But the main issue for us will be the onset of cold weather. As hard as it is to believe after the long hot summer, cold weather is ON THE WAY. Space heater will come out and fires will start. While space heaters start about a ¼ of fires, those fires carry a higher percentage of fatalities. Somewhere between 75 – 80 percent of fire deaths can be traced back to space heater started fires.
Along with the time change we will remind folks to check their smoke alarms. I urge you to do so as well. Check you furnace during the day. A reminder that new building materials reduce your time to evacuate down to just 2 minutes. So get out of burning home quickly.
Look for cold weather to start in the pan handle and spread to the rest of Texas by early next week:
#2) Atlantic Disturbance #1
We are watching Atlantic Disturbance 1, could be in the gulf of Mexico early next week. There is no consensus in the models right now, and the National Hurricane Center does not have a track. So we can wait for more accurate information, but we are preparing now.
#3) Hurricane Delta / Hurricane Laura
There was a great comment on my last post, and it reminds me to point out that we do not do this alone. FEMA has been awesome, TDEM has been great, the state of Louisiana has been great, there are many businesses and charitable organizations that have chipped in. We owe a special thanks to government at all levels who have enabled us to use hotels for shelters, so that we can reduce the spread of COVID.
I would observe that we do not
have as much company as we are
used to. A lot of
organizations are suffering because they cannot get volunteers
to deploy in the
current environment. Many
of them do not
have the funds and procedures to operate in a COVID safe way. For example, some of the
organizations do not have the logistics in place to get PPE
where it needs to be. One
of the heroes in all of this has been the
Food Banks. Already
because of COVID-19, they have risen to the challenge in almost
I have had a chance to visit. The
volunteer issue is the added expense to house and keep safe
volunteers. It is also a
natural reticence of volunteers
to deploy in a stress area and with the added danger of
exposure. Just a fact in trying to operate in a pandemic.
That said, let me give you an update from a Red Cross perspective.
We are still supporting more than 4,400 evacuees in safe lodging from Hurricane Delta & Laura.
Just to give you insight into the
magnitude of the HUR
Laura/Delta Response so far:
Relief supplies destined for East Texas - Newton / Jasper area.
Best Kevin @KF5FUZ ARES / Red Cross