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OtherIam A water rescuer in the middle of the aftermath of Harvy AMA!

Sep 1st 2017 by JoebobIII • 11 Questions • 164 Points

I am a year round volunteer with the Gulf Coast Rescue Squad in Brazoria county, south of Houston. Year round we assist distressed boaters in the inland waterways but in time of crisis we depoly with the county to make rescues, transport fire, police and medical personal and miniature donkies. Ask me anything about water rescues, whats going on down here, or how to help out.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/QusOV http://imgur.com/a/BF7hb

Q:

How well are the authorities coordinating/cooperating with civilian rescue groups? Do you drive a monster truck?

A:

It can be touch and go with communication. With our group is great, but we work with the sheriff's department all year long so those lines are well established. With other civilIan's it's crap. We have so many task force guys, FEMAA, feds and other resources that civilians aren't needed by the powers that be. With that being said, if you want to help your fellow man, go for it! Just be careful, we have had to pull a few "Texas navy"/"Cajon navy" people out of harms way. I drive a lifter 1997 f250, but not a monster truck like on the from page.


Q:

But the picture is from the interior of a GM product. Details! Good on you either way sir.

A:

Ha ha, good catch. I'm in the rescue squads vehicle right now, mine doesn't have AC or we would be in it!


Q:

Got ya. Stay safe out there sir!

A:

Will do brother


Q:

What, in your opinion, is the most effective method to help people on the ground?

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Right now, if there is a shelter near you you can help out with please do. If you are far away, research a good organization to donate too. In these cases money is best. Try to find somewhere that gets the most to people and directly impacts those affected. Most items donated can't be used and are tossed so it's not as helpful as people hope. If you are local, get involved year round with organizations that give back. It's great so many people want to help now but if you aren't already invloved before something big hits you won't be utalized as much as you like.


Q:

have you tried poring gasoline on the water and burning it to enhance evaporation?

A:

I'll keep that in mind....


Q:

Do you have access to any nearby refineries or oil rigs? Those could help supply your drying fuel.

A:

I have some contacts I could use...


Q:

I'm involved with student community service groups at my university and my department is looking heavily at sending students to Houston in late October to help with cleanup. We're currently looking for contacts that could help us coordinate our visit. Are there any groups that we should avoid?

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Not sure who to avoid but I would suggest hooking up with the Mormon helping hands. They have a co-op and are very well practiced at flood clean ups. The clean up effort is going to take a lot of man power so thank you for thinking of doing the dirty work.


Q:

On the news, you see people trapped in vehicles and hear about them often dying. However, a lot of them appear to be just in standing water.

Is there a reason the people can't exit and swim? I understand moving water is super dangerous, but a lot of the time it looks pretty stagnant.

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Some people are dumb and don't want to get their shoes wet but on the flipside, you have no idea what's outside that door. It can look calm but have massive underived currents. I dot blame anyone in a car calling 911.


Q:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

A:

A real sharp cheeter.


Q:

Hey, thanks for what you are doing! You mention elsewhere in this AMA that you are running a boat that is very specialized. In what way?

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Ha ha ha, ya it's our flat bottom body recovery boat. It has an out board motor and a small fan motor on it. It is just low profile compared to the airboats. It's like from the 70s so it's not anything super special. Hopfully this next year I'll get airboat qualified and captn one of them.


Q:

Nice! Air boats always look like fun to drive.

A:

Powerlines, if it is live and in the water GTFO! Don't even mess with it it, ypu will die and it will hurt the entire time. Home electronics no problem