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Old 01-17-2010, 01:12 PM
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It is an interesting idea Andrew. When Katrina hit and heard that they were looking for guys to come down I did spend some time putting together a plan. I was motivated to make some money but also wanted to put my skills to work and help. It would be very cool to do something like this. The logistics would be killer but a challenge.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:22 PM
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Stuve- It's funny, for once I wasn't motivated by the thought of making money (I know, it's crazy. A lot of my friends have told me so ) I agree that it is nice to be able to give back and that is my primary driving factor for doing this type of work. Granted, you need to eventually make money by completing paying work or getting donations, but that is something I can figure out later.

The logistics would be interesting to say the least. Nothing insurmountable, but definitely very challenging. I've completed a lot of projects in school that required us to communicate and work with companies all over the world so it would be interesting to actually put into practice what I did for "homework." Just getting fuel down there would be a challenge right now. I'd have to truck it in by ship or barge right now and really watch consumption until more fuel could be brought in. Security is another detail that can't be overlooked either...
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:34 PM
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Ever been to a 3rd world country?
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:37 PM
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I'd be interested in domestic disaster relief, but I couldnt leave the country. Things like tornados hurricanes, wildfires or earthquakes would interest me if it were in America. I sure do admire your drive to get something set up though!
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:49 PM
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Nope, never been to a third world country. Heard it ain't pretty though. This isn't a vacation I'd be planning, this is work, so I don't expect much of anything in terms of creature comforts. Sitting in a machine cab down there (even it was an open ROPs) would probably equate to most luxury you would get. Food and water would tough to nonexistent to obtain. TV- what is that? A bed?- Try the cab of a machine or a sleeping bag on the ground with limited protection from the elements.

Don't worry, I don't have any delusions about how tough it will be. Just something else to plan for and adapt to.

Nedly- A domestic relief service is definitely in my future. Going to Haiti or somewhere else similar would be tough, but I don't know what's possible without asking people.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:51 PM
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You would need to bring everything possible as you wouldn't have any there. For the smaller stuff would you just put it in a shipping container? Another thing, who would determine what is too be done?
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:59 PM
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You have to watch out this may become another Katrina incident.

Sad to see so much destruction but thats what happens when you don't have good building practices. They will have to take a page out of California's book about building in a seismic area.

Us guys on the Pacific Northwest are still in for a big shaker nobody knows when but if it does happen lots of old buildings will colasp.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:03 PM
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You're absolutely right Stuve. Everything from spare parts for the equipment, pumps, chains, shovels, screws, bolts, hand tools, etc. would need to be moved in. I figure with 2-3 excavators, 1-2 dozers, and 2-4 pieces of compact equipment I would need at least 2, 40' containers of supplies to support this kind of operation, not to mention a large amount of fuel.

For coordination, ideally I would be supporting agencies such as the UN and Red Cross as well as governmental agencies. I'm going to be working on seeing exactly who is coordinating activities down there and who I should coordinate with.
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Keep me in mind for domestic disaster relief. I can run iron and I have my class A CDL!
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:28 PM
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You're on the list Nedly! The combo of having a class A and running equipment will be invaluable.
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