It never pays to cut corners

In the southeast part of the country where my family and I live, there is a storm season that lasts for about five months out of the year. Most of the time, large tropical storms will form off the coast of Africa and make their way across the Atlantic Ocean. By the time they reach the coast the warm water fuels their strength and they become hurricanes. Every ten years or so, we get a pretty bad set of them that cause significant damage in the coastal areas. Last year we had a pretty bad one that was one of the biggest in recorded history. The hot temperatures and warmer waters fuel these storms. During the disaster recovery effort, our command post was set up in the parking lot of the hardware store. This command post was a large semi-hauled trailer with a mobile communications center. Most importantly it had air conditioning. There were three separate HVAC systems attached to the roof that helped keep the equipment and operators nice and cool. The storm had left warmer temperatures, so it was nice to have a nice cool place for the disaster recovery coordinators to meet up and plan their efforts. Most places are out of electricity after a major storm like that, but the command post was self powered by a set of generators. One of these powered the equipment and one was dedicated to the HVAC and crew comfort gear. With a couple of these air conditioned trailers set up around the town, the coordination efforts went very smoothly and we were able to focus on the recovery efforts.

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