Portable Power Supports Rescue And Recovery Teams After A Disaster

All too often after a natural disaster, an area or even a region is found without the benefits of electricity. Tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes all have the potential to knock out electricity to an entire city or to an entire region. Without power, hospitals cannot function to help the wounded, emergency information cannot be broadcast, and other rescue operations cannot proceed efficiently. The use of power generators after a natural disaster can greatly help with all of the above problems associated with such an event and many other problems. Power generators are a necessary commodity for any major health care organization, especially hospitals. These devices are relied upon whenever lightning or a thunderstorm takes out the power in a community, to keep people receiving treatment in the hospital alive and well. They are necessary to operate the equipment during surgeries and other procedures whenever primary power is unavailable. The hospital cannot stop their work, just because primary power is taken out, and power generators allow the hospital to run smoothly when this event occurs. Power is a necessity when rescuers are attempting to treat those that have been recovered from the disaster area. 

Gas powered generators provide electricity to nearly all the recovery and triage tents that surround the scene of the natural disaster. They provide power for medical equipment, for cooking food, and for the electrical heaters that are needed in the tents that house the people that have been rendered homeless.Gas powered generators are also important to the recovery attempts after a disaster.  They give rescuers the ability to work around the clock by providing light in their work areas. They also give emergency crews the use of machinery needed to clear debris, to pump water, and to remove obstacles hindering the recovery effort. Debris must be cleared in order to get recovery vehicles into the center of the disaster area to assist rescuers.   Water must be removed from areas where it has entered and will not naturally be taken away in a timely manner. 

For instance, hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, which is a city that is below sea level. The floodwaters that struck New Orleans would not have disappeared naturally because water cannot flow out of an area that is below sea level. The water would have remained in the city forever, if it had not pumped out by machinery.   Electrical machinery is also needed to clean the areas where people are going to be stationed during the recovery effort. These include the recovery tents and the recovery headquarters enabling people to work in the best possible conditions. If doctors need to set up a mobile surgical hospital in the field, the electric power will help to clean the area for surgical procedures, and it will be needed to keep life maintenance equipment operational during any procedures handled in this temporary hospital. Power generators are necessary for all the above scenarios, during the recovery effort following a natural disaster.

Communication is also vital during the recovery process following a natural disaster. Electricity is needed to broadcast radio updates. The necessary radio updates generally include weather updates that could bring information for continued severe weather, or simply directions on how the recovery effort will proceed. Power generators are also necessary to run the radios at the recovery tents when batteries are unavailable. This happens frequently in times of flood, when water corrodes batteries and the only way to operate radios is by plugging them into an electrical outlet. Electricity is also used to recharge the hand-held radios that the rescuers utilize in the field during the recovery effort. These are necessary to communicate position and the location of any victims that need medical attention. Power generators are also responsible for creating the electricity needed to power computers and other electronic equipment utilized by rescuers to communicate with areas around the country that look to provide aid and support. Because of the power generators, the victims of the disaster frequently take the opportunity to communicate with family and relatives via email, when phone lines are damaged, to tell them that they have survived. Power generators are very important to the success of a recovery operation after a natural disaster. They provide power in hospitals to treat the sick and the countless victims associated with such an event. They also allow the hospital workers to continue to provide care to those already in the hospital. Power generators also provide light for the recovery team so that they can work around the clock and use electrical machinery to clear debris and pump water from flood areas. 

Electricity provided by generators also keeps victims fed, by giving support staff the power they need to cook food and provide heat from electrical heaters. The rescue workers are also able to communicate with other workers and the outside world by using the electricity provided by power generators to recharge radios and run computer equipment. The truth is that recovery efforts in the aftermath of natural disasters would be much less effective, without the assistance of electric power generators on the scene.