True Natural-Disaster Trailers
Best solution for New Orleans.
Devastating natural disasters, such as Category 4 and 5 hurricanes,
tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, major landslides and wide-area flooding
require true emergency trailers. Not the house trailers FEMA presses into
service where they are totally inappropriate.
1. By FEMA's own rules they can't be set up in flood-prone areas.
2. They require connection to water, power and sewer utilities, none
of which are available after a widespread, catastrophic natural
3. They may need to be transported long distances to get to the
disaster area. They should be small and light and the tongue
should pivot up so that several can be brought in by flatbeds.
An emergency, fast-response trailer needs to be an independent
dwelling. It must be able to be leveled and anchored by unskilled
laborers at the disaster site(s) with the proper setup shown by
pictures and described in several languages.
LISTED BY PRIORITY:
Water: Empty water jugs stored inside the trailer during storage.
Fill jugs from any potable source before deployment. Collect
rainwater from gutter around the trailer roof. Carry in filled
jugs from emergency relief centers after they are established.
Food: Dried foods stored in trailer. Canned goods put in trailers
before deployment. Propane cooktop. 20-lb. tank stored empty
inside trailer. Tank moved to trailer tongue after filling.
Sanitation: Camp-type toilets using waste bags. Boxes of bags stored
inside trailer. Special areas to receive full bags away from
habitation area. Lime pits to bury human waste. Burn empty
bags and toilet tissue.
Washroom: With camp toilet and shower stall only. Kitchen sink used for
face and hand washing. Half shower water heated on cooktop and
added to more shower water for warm shower. Shower pressure
produced by foot-operated air pump like boat shower system.
Shower and sink drains into pit under trailer. Handwash clothes
in sink. Dry on clothesline. Mark all clothes with indelible ink.
Family Room: Combined kitchen/dining/living area. Resin chairs. Broom.
Optional: Shade awning on side of trailer.
Bedrooms: Small master bedroom with cots and mattresses. One youngster's
room with bunk bed(s). Extra sleeping bags and air mattresses.
Power: Empty gasoline can stored inside trailer. Fill before deployment.
Modest generator for a small refrigerator, fluorescent lights,
oscillating fan(s), radio and/or television.
Battery charger for cellphone and for rechargeable fluorescent camp
light used after curfew.
Turn generator off after curfew. Leaving refrigerator door closed all
night will keep food cold until morning.
Government-run FEMA is totally unsuited to get emergency supplies to the
devastated areas quickly and correctly. The nearest Target and/or Wal-Mart
and Home Depot and/or Lowe's should be subsidized to do this properly.