The Derecho Aftermath – Day 2
Bill "Firegeezer" Schumm checked in last evening. No significant storm damage to his home.
Firegeezer International Headquarters remains powerless. He charged the cell phone in his car.
Unsuccessful in finding a hotel in the greater Stafford area. Did score Chinese food for dinner.
So how bad will today be?
This message was sent out to Fairfax County, Virginia, firefighters yesterday afternoon:
From a labor representative:
After talking to personnel that are working in the stations and DPSC today, I am getting intel that many grocery stores and gas stations in Fairfax County are closed and there are widespread power outages.
With that, personnel should gas up their POVs where they can and do not plan on being able to go food or medicine shopping while at work. As it says below, show up for work prepared.
Not a sermon – just a thought.
From Fire Operations
All employees scheduled to report to work on Sunday, July 1st are strongly encouraged to consider reporting to work with sufficient quantities of food and water to sustain them for 24-36 hours.
Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions were significantly affected by strong thunderstorms on Friday evening. Power outages continue, closed businesses have been observed as well as long lines at open businesses.
Consideration should also be given to reporting with sufficient clothing in light of the heat and the potential that station washers and dryers may not operate due to the power outages.
One reason yesterday's Morning Line Up was posted around noon:
The Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center has been activated. There is a regionwide outage of telecommunications that includes 9-1-1 service, cell phone service, landline service and the ability to text. In the event of an emergency, residents are directed to go to a local fire or police station to report the emergency.
Never remember a situation when the 9-1-1 phones were down.
Firegeezer and FossilMedic will resume regular posting as soon as the local power companies repair the "catastrophic" damage to their infrastructure.
Oh, great. Now I gotta boil water … (HERE)
Oh wait, I have a Bunn-O-Matic
Make sure we have extra water on board.
I will start the coffee. We will reassemble at 0800 to review the department's Incident Action Plan for the next 12 hours.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward for Bill "Firegeezer" Schumm
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- My Hometown Heros – September 21, 2012
- The Most Important Man in our Department that you probably never heard of… – November 19, 2012
- What Syracuse and Saint Louis Share – February 14, 2012