26 Aug CHECKLIST & GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR NATURAL DISASTER DEPLOYMENT
To prepare for Disaster relief, including hurricanes, we put together a checklist to make these trips more comfortable for you. Deploying in these situations can be much different than a regular charter, and you need to prepare your belongings and yourself.
Please note that there are two reasons we provide this relief:
Move those people and property out of the way ahead of a storm.
Move the people who are doing the necessary cleanup work after a catastrophic event.
This work falls under the Declaration of Emergency Services issued by the State Governor. The company will use the declaration to justify Hours of Service (HOS) violations in an audit.
The companies we work with make every effort to book hotels for every operator, however, there may be conditions or situations, and rooms will not be available. In that case, operators will sleep on the motorcoach. The company will make every effort to secure housing as quickly as possible.
The following is a list of items operators should bring with them to be prepared for this type of work:
- Blanket (You may be required to sleep on a bus)
- Pillow (You may be required to sleep on a bus)
- Personal Hygiene products
- Haircare products
- A pair of work boots or other appropriate footwear for storm situations
Health and welfare:
- Small foods that can be stored in the cooler (there may not be a viable food option available after the storm)
- Nonperishable eating items (snacks, peanuts, etc.)
- Water, juice, soda depending on your preference
- Battery pack for your cell phone
- Paper map of the State
- Small first aid kit for your personal use
- Motor Oil
- Transmission fluid
- Make sure the bus has spare fuses if applicable
- Small tool kit
- Extra belts and hoses if applicable
- Know your point of contact and have their number readily available
- An extra DVIR
- Carrying a logbook is mandatory. Even though we have exemptions, we still must be prepared.