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Disaster Planning / Response - Ice

In the administrative review in the aftermath of Katrina and other recent hurricane response, the logistics of providing ice was its own disaster. It was revealed that some truck loads of ice was available but never delivered, instead sitting in idling trucks for days on end. Other ice was being stored in refrigerated warehouses years after the need had ended.

 

During a disaster, ice is a very precious commodity. A huge amount of money and effort is given over to providing it. Mostly from distant points, the ice is brought into the area of need at great cost in quantities that fail to meet the need.

 

A solution to the problem can be had in mobile ice making equipment. The same basic equipment used to make the ice we buy in bags at the store can be mounted on flat bed trucks, pre-positioned regionally, and deployed for operation shortly after the end of a natural incident.

 

Military support is already in the areas affected. Pre-arrangement, testing, and coordination should have identified the mobile water purification units and power generation units required. The military can also be the provider of trucks for transportation of the ice for distribution.

 

The last ice making units I was involved with were rated at 25 tons of ice an hour. I understand they actually produced more per hour consistently during consumer / UL testing.

 

Making ice on scene or close by not only saves in all to date logistics costs, but also has the capability to provide far more ice for those affected and in dire need. The outlay in development costs, and coordination / testing will offset itself in lives protected or saved.

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