Monday, August 18, 2008

Tropical Storm Update

If you read yesterday's post you're one of thirteen that know I was activated last night and on the job by 06:00 this morning. Activated for what? Good question as we were asking the same thing.

There was worry of a hurricane hitting The Keys and heading straight up the state of Florida. Monroe County (where The Keys are) had some evacuations, shelters were assembled for those that had nowhere else to go, and logistic staging areas were set up to assist in getting things where they needed to be (water, ice, meds, oxygen, etc.) Too bad they didn't ship me out to one of the LSA's as that's where the military guys are. HOOYAH!

So as I had meteorizationalized yesterday, we didn't have a hurricane, we had a thunderstorm. Yes the weather is still bad over the lower-half of the state but the peninsula called Florida is not going to fall into the depths of the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico. We may have a flood or two but no one will be washed away never to be heard from again....we hope.

I know one or two of you are wondering what exactly it is I do. Well, to put it in layman’s terms I sit in a big room, receive missions that have been assigned to our group (which is responsible for “health stuff” i.e. water, ice, oxygen, portable toilets, sanitation stations, special needs shelters for displaced hospitals, etc.) telling us who needs what, when, where, and why. I then get on the horn, order “stuff”, and finally make sure the “stuff” gets delivered.

Look, there’s me helping to supervise the minions:
Wow, how exciting is that, folks??? BUT, I can also have the ability to tell my family and friends where it’s safe to be in the event of a disaster, how to get there via roads that have not been closed, and where to go in the event of an evacuation. Yeah, that’s kinda cool.

So it boils down to no deployment for me this storm; I’ll be staying right here in good old Tallahassee. Tomorrow will be another twelve hour day BUT I’ll be saving all the old people and telling them where to go.

And in my own special way, too.
I'll be catching up with all of my blogging friends as soon as I'm back to normal hours. Stay safe!

24 comments:

just bob said...

Do you guys distribute condoms too? I've got a five year old pack of 3 that haven't been used. I'd be willing to donate them for a good cause.

Queen Goob said...

Our Department hands them out BUT you have to go to the local County Health Department for freebies. Instead of donating yours, why don't we chalk those up as a lost cause and start fresh. Whatd'ya say, Buddy?

just bob said...

Instead of donating yours, why don't we chalk those up as a lost cause and start fresh.

And have all of them expire again without being opened?

Queen Goob said...

Grab one with your teeth and tear it open like your ready to throw down.

I know, I feel the pain. My body pillow was just complaining last night that I hog the bed.

Queen Goob said...

....I'm off to never-never land.

Megan said...

Supervising minions is good.

Jess said...

We need those old people! Who else would I totally think were adorable driving 20 mph in a 50?!?

My lil bro is down there Coast Guarding in Key West...I am thinking he is getting his sea legs at this moment...it is only his second week in the Coast Guard and he has never been on a boat...

Sometimes I wonder about my family...Coast Guard and never been on a boat...::shaking head::

Quickroute said...

You guys have been hit a few times recently. I hope you stay safe!

Bee said...

How scary but cool to have your job. I think I'd be a bundle of nerves! :o)

Glad you're okay!

Mrs. R said...

Glad to hear Florida shall survive the storm. Hope you're back to normal hours soon!

catscratch said...

I'm just glad everything turned out ok. I was worried.

Bonnie the Boss said...

How fun for you, you get to tell people what to do on your own special way! I get to do that as well, but my kids tend not to listen.

INNER VOICES said...

my old man lives in osprey... outside sarasota... when ever i call and ask how the storms are he casually tells me he is floating in the pool with a cocktail... its windy and looking forward to his next beverage...

just bob said...

...he casually tells me he is floating in the pool with a cocktail... its windy and looking forward to his next beverage...

Sounds like you are a chip off the ol' block.

Random Chick said...

Thanks for clarifying things, I need all the extra help I can get. You should have worn your thigh-high black leather boots to whip those minions into shape. They look lazy.

INNER VOICES said...

bob, yeah i just got off the phone with him and says hes about ready to knock off work for the day (he has a home office) and do a few laps in the pool... forker...

VE said...

You were activated? When is your expiration date?

Cecile said...

Well, the season has just begun. Maybe if you are lucky, you'll get "More Action" during the next storm. HA, just kidding.

Queen Goob said...

Hey everyone - thanks so much for the well wishes. I'll post an update soon when I have the energy to type more than a big THANK YOU to everyone.

I'm beyond pooped and headed to bed - hugs to each and every one of you.

Much Love,
Marn

Robyn said...

LMAO! Ok...sorry I was losing it with all the comments people were leaving! Sometimes those are just so damn funny!
Come by for Part II to Mystery Trip!
Cheers!

Kelley said...

Sorry, I am still running "meteorizationalized" around in my head. Loving that word!

Smootches

sista #2 said...

So are you still there???



#2

Suzanne said...

I'm with Robyn. Now get your lazy ass over to the Wild Onion and bartend. There's a party going on for Jo. And Bob's here, but not there. Go figure. I guess everyone needs a vacation now and then. Food's good, drinks are awesome and you get to look really, really pretty dancing!

XO

Practically Joe said...

Wow ... So proud of you. Glad they didn't catch you sleeping like the guy behind you. I recognize the old holding your head up with your hand trick.