Catch you all later - TX-4 DMAT Deployed

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

  1. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Be safe and watch your 6 TM, hope things calm some for you soonest.
  2. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Okay I am back from Deployment... what a two week wild ride. I am however tired and sick (sinus, upper respiratory & pneumonia)

    The damage in Long Beach NY (I can say now) is nearly indescribable and is more to katrina redux in winter. Sad one is the media isn't showing the true damage the storm caused because of the election. These areas are going to need long term help and I have a feeling in a few short weeks that a call may go out for backfill as this will be a on going mission.

    On a different note didnt have to worry about TSA on the way up as we went on a military C-130 so had all of the weapons and dangerous water I could haul. Coming back flew commercial and it was a cluster dealing with the airlines however did not have any trouble with TSA. Even made the light bulb go off on one, and ripped a barker a new one and supervisor that backed my sentiments. I was thanked by 500+ people in line in near unison for muzzling the dog. I didn't even have to take my boots off...and the plane didnt fall out of the sky

    Give me a couple of days to put my thoughts together on the trip report entitled ( A Wild Ride of weather on Planes, trains, automobiles in Tents & Ships from the TravelnMedic). I now bid you goodnight, I'm going back to bed and let the drugs work so I can feel better PDQ so if backfill is needed I can be ready.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    welcome back
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  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Fox has been given good coverage daily on what is not getting done in the diaster zone. ^ to Fox for staying on the story.
  5. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Glad you are home! Everybody up here is sick from the stress of the last two weeks.

    Thanks for all you did. We still haven't seen any television but radio reports indicate life is (expletive deleted) for many in public housing with no lights and no water.
  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    don't worry, FEMA is right on top of it. Got to love those guys. Sandy hit, what, the 29th? And FEMA put out a request for bids on bottled water four days later on November 2.
  7. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I wonder if the Obama administration is going to blame Bush for this?? :confused:
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Why not? W is responsible for EVERYTHING. Even though I voted for the slacker this time around, we still need a focal point for blame that actually has shown an ability to accomplish things, albeit not popular with everyone.

    Problem resolution step #1 is to assign blame, and without W the world would be totally lost.
  9. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Looking forward to that, and I hope you're feeling better soon! ;)^
  10. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  11. Hey TravelnMedic, President Obama certainly thinks more highly of the FEMA Corps volunteers you told us about! Look what he said in this story!

    I'm sure you just missed all the good deeds they were doing while they were making a ruckus in your bunk and chanting their Hitler Youth slogans. :D
  12. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Sorry guys I came home with a upper respiratory and sinus infection and have been staying in bed for the most part till now as im dealing with reimbursement paperwork and after action reports...Shoot me now.

    I don't need articles in MSM :td: (wheres my phenergan) nor accolades as I know what my teammates and I did and the thanks of the people we treated and of the community we helped is all I need. On my way home from the airport I stopped by the pharmacy that the team doctor had called in a couple of Rx for me for the crud mentioned above. The whole pharmacy crew was calling me a hero and such. It was kind of embarrassing as there were about 50 people waiting in line and all of a sudden I had everyone looking at me asking questions and congratulating me. I don't mind recognition but I do not feel like hero; I'm just an average person with a talent and skill set that was needed so when the call went out for help I raised my hand, packed my bags and headed to where I was needed.

    Wheres my phenergan as Im gonna barf

    Umm yeah im gonna need the anti barf drugs after reading that :trash:. Actually they were asked to leave SUNY Maritime College for interfering with the educational atmosphere, and for pissing the admiral that oversees the college and the master of the vessel (Empire State VI) they were staying on. Ironically a group (DMORT III) that was there the night they were asked to leave said in talking with various "kids" in the group that most of these were kids had/have no trade/skills training so if anything they would be used for grunt work... slave... I mean free labor! Also apparently these kids didn't know how to pack nor prepared for cold weather as one of the morticians on DMORT III said these kids were coming on-board with 2 and 3 large suitcases for a 7-10 day assignment and some of the girls had bikinis as they were told they were going to be put up in "5* accommodations". That obviously didnt happen, as this ship was a converted frieghter and bunks were 3'x'3'x7' and you had a locker to store your stuff.+

    okay back to my paperwork.
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  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I saw a story just today talking about illness among Sandy responders. Can't go back and look now but you guys might find it.
  14. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    So FEMA Corps is basically the whacker division of AmeriCorps? :eek::p

    Sounds like some of the clueless teenage girls I see lugging pillows from home onto an airplane. :confused: The look on their faces must've been priceless when they realized they weren't being billeted on the Love Boat. :D
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  15. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    RB you remember where you might have seen it? I'm not surprised the area we were in was flooded by 8' of water and the water treatment plant failed so who knows what bacteria was in that water.

    Anything I might have been exposed to is covered as our team doctors have filed all the necessary paperwork to cover us as I was treated while we were out for a cut on my hand and a this sinus/upper resp junk that started while in Long Beach NY.
  16. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I can understand the pillow as I have 2 I travel with (one neck, one lumbar) but mine compress very nicely. Then again from traveling 1.8 million BIS miles in the last 20 years I have perfected the art of packing and making a 100lb bag look like it weighs nothing

    I didn't even comment/ plead the 5th on the love boat comment.
  17. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Sorry to make you worry. I went back looking for the story. It concerned some residents in the storm area.
  18. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I'm not worried, Thank you for the article though as the team is keeping a running list of goings on from the storm and where we were deployed.

    I follow proper BSI (Body Substance Isolation) with appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) so odds are low. I know about mold causing respiratory issues as mold is one of my major allergens that give me fits when levels are high.

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