Hurricane Maria: Summary of communication status - and lack of

Wayne Bouchard web at
Mon Oct 2 06:58:29 CST 2017

Well, that's why recovery efforts in broad scale events like this have
to go from a central point to pushing a perimiter farther and farther
out. Create a habital, functional zone where workers can return to
both to organize and recouperate and then go back out and push farther
afield. First restoring main arteries (whether that is in the form of
roads, electrical dstribution, communications, water, or sewer) and
then branch out from there. All of that takes time. It does no good,
afterall, to repair the services in a neighborhood if the feeds into
that neighborhood aren't going to be functional for weeks.

And always remember that the first duty is to life and limb. The rest
is of far less importance until that situation has been stabilized.

On Mon, Oct 02, 2017 at 12:56:56AM -0400, Jean-Francois Mezei wrote:
> On 2017-10-02 00:32, Javier J wrote:
> > I hope they do. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of FEMA, Army, etc
> > personnel on the ground or a shortage of truck drivers in the US willing to
> > help. If 80% of Truck drivers that pick up containers from the ports can't
> > make it, then this needs to be supplemented any way possible to get things
> > moving.
> When disaster is in focused area (Like Houston), truck drivers can
> easily return to functional cities after delivering goods to the diaster
> zone (so not a strain on food/lodging in diaster zone).
> If you bring truck drivers (and telecom, electrical etc) workiers into
> Puerto Rico, they can't go home every night, so become a strain on
> shelter/food resources.
> And you can't "steal" your local workers if they are busy pickup up
> their belongings from collapsed homes, waiting in long queues for food
> and caring for their families.
> In 1998 Ice Storm, Bombardier in Montr??al had full power and got a lot
> of bad publicity when it threatened to fire employees who didn't show up
> for work. Seesm like mamnagement lived in areas that had power and
> didn't realise how life changes when you have no power,  queue up for
> wood provided by city etc. (and that is nothing compared to what people
> on Puerto Rico are dealing with).

Wayne Bouchard
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