Catch you all later - TX-4 DMAT Deployed

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by TravelnMedic, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Well word has come down from HQ, Texas-4 DMAT team is being deployed to the east coast to support the relief efforts in the wake of hurricane Sandy. Not sure as to where as still waiting for our departure point and time to be given, but we will be leaving the Dallas/Ft. Worth area today. Most likely will be gone for 2 weeks but possibly longer, I will try to keep things updated but will depend on if we have a signal or not.

    Ill catch you all later I am going to change and load the truck.
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  2. Be safe, TravelnMedic! ^
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And remember that you have to save Smurfchen, too, although you can probably get away with triaging them. :D
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  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Be safe, watch your step. Use the smurfchen for sea wall reinforcement.
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  5. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I second and third that!
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  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Hopefully he's on a charter or military that bypasses the Freedom Fluffers.
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  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    good luck. wear your waders!
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  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    The thing about my training is we a taught to save lives... However also know how to CYA an oops. Umm considering the average smurf makes better crab fodder, and safety testers then anything (ie does that water have a live wire in it or not).

    Will not have to deal with the freedom fluffers at all and I have all of my necessary tools, and equipment in close proximity. Also won't have any risk of my gear being tampered with or stolen from.

    We are being airlifted by DoD assets(" C-5 or C-17 as of right now but has changed from a KC135 to 747 to DC-10 to now the C-5 or C-18 (thank goodness for NC headphones and plenty of music). Currently waiting on the aircraft to make it to Dallas and then about 90-120 after it lands, refuels and packed we will be headedthat way. Were being told were flying to JFK but that could change.

    I do have a small camera(unfortunately not my DSLR that I'm used to using) and will be taking pictures along the way for the trip report I've started.

    I'm gonna rack back out for a while... Travelnmedic clear
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  9. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Those I did not pack, but the rain suit I have I can modify with ducktape & rubber I have to rig up waders. My plan is to stay out of the water as much as possible. If I knew I was gonna be in the water I would have packed my drysuit (custom DUI with cordura nylon overlay and reflective markings) with misc gear and wouldn't be a problem.
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  10. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Be safe and hopefully you will be lucky enough to not have to save many folks.
  11. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The USAR from my area pre-deployed to Long Island. I hear they are a tad busy.
  12. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    That is sad to hear, mostly we got luckier in the NC region. I have not heard many reports on injuries or deaths, and while property damage is terrible, property can be rebuilt. I saw a picture yesterday where the Battery tunnel was almost completely flooded, and one of the guys that works here is originally from that area. He says that without a good ratio of evacuation in the lower areas around that section, they will mostlikely find quite a few injuries and some that did not make it out. Those of us that have had more experience with these types storms and have plans we have developed, take it for granted just how terrible these can be for those that have not been through it, or are in a region where it can be next to impossible to implement effective preventative measures (other than get out).
  13. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Well didn't leave DFW till 0545 cst on a c130 and we are at JFK now. The airport is a ghost town and don't need all the fingers on one hand to count the aircraft on the ramp including the USAF C130 we came in on. Flight was uneventful I slept on a pallet of bags on the way up... Best part didn't have to deal with TSA at all and the plane didn't fall out of the sky and I was able to carry 3qts of water, tools of trade (knive(s), leatherman and so on)

    Frank I've been getting news as well. Oh well out of the frying pan and into the fire.
  14. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm sure we all have been watching the news coverage of the effects of Sandy. Looks like a long road ahead for people in the area.
  15. worldwide

    worldwide Original Member

    Stay safe ...!!!!
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Afraid that Doober is gonna need a Dobbie.
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  17. worldwide

    worldwide Original Member

    :cool:...thats funny! !
  18. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Finally got a little bit of signal and a slight signal.

    Everything on my team is fine, but due to operational security can't say where we are at or doing. It has been nearly 24hr ops with little sleep since we landed and is getting busier by the day. At the rate things are going and the people they using/needing it may be a while before they will release anyone as this is now a "all hands on deck" response.

    Interesting one this morning after I came off 19hr night shift were coming back to our BOO (Base of Operations) there were 200 FEMA Youth Corp(looked like 18-24 yr olds) running around acting the fool. They were all dressed in tan pants and blue (tshirts or hooded sweat shirts). The parallels / comparison to the actions / chants by these kids to the hitler youth were down right scary. They are saying there "mission" is to go door to door and to tell people where to get food, water and there FEMA card. I had to walk away as I was ready to issue several level 1 throttlings for jackassery and puke from the propaganda.

    Then about 1500 I was in my bunk sleeping and they come and turn on all the lights and are making a ton of noise. Considering my previous day had been a 30 hrs long (had some admin items and comm gear to work on earlier in the day) till I crashed out and I was in a less then chipper mood. I got out of my bunk and moved to the offending noise. Once I found them I tore into them first asking them to STFU and what (expletive deleted) they were doing in a area they were not supposed to be (this area was/is for our team only), and the did they not see the one but 5 signs on all of the entrances that there were night shift people sleeping (ie: Night shift personel = daytime sleepers).

    Talk about shock; based on there reactions I could tell these kids have never been told "no" nor been spanked as instant excuses. I was having none of it so before I ended up in jail I pulled out my radio and called for our security to remove them from the area. The others sleeping also were not happy and started making their displeasure known and we proceeded to surround them. I thought a couple were going to :trash: themselves from the groups reaction. They were promptly chewed out again by security from the area and I went back to sleep without interruption.

    Well got another mission catch everyone later.
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  19. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I have no doubt you have to play by the rules but OpSec for this kind of thing? Really?

    None of us know that you are most likely are in the New Jersey/New York area.
  20. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    RB - yes our team command staff has asked us not to post exact locations anymore. Also considering how things are right now its not a good situation and in some cases is deteriorating rapidly. We now instead of our normal unarmed security teams we now have full-time armed protection now by various agencys (ATF, & FBI mainly). This is after two incidents with in a couple hours of each other. First was a group that had supplies stolen (gas and meds) from one of the dmat teams in the middle of the night, and one of the USAR teams had a truck stolen that was loaded with about half million dollars of equipment.

    Okay breaks over now back to this project.

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