Posted by USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber on May 15, 2007 at 12:32:32:|
I would like to thank to all of you who expressed concerns about our safety during the fire.
As most of you know, the fire was near Avalon, on the other end of the island from the lab and Chamber, and came very close to decimating the town. From the Fire Department personnel I have talked to, it got to the edge of the ball field at the school, destroyed one house & ten industrial/storage buildings.
The fire burnt down 50 power/phone poles along one route and 100 poles along the alternate route. The idea for the two routes was so a fire wouldn’t knock out all power on the West End. However, the 5,000+ acre fire did not understand that concept.
Phone, cell, and internet service is the other problem. The estimate we received this morning is that communications may be restored by Monday or Tuesday of next week. The Chamber has been given a satellite phone which we can use to establish communications with the mainland.
The Chamber will still be able to be contacted via Marine Radio Channel 16 which we will be monitoring continuously until our Emergency phone is back on line.
I would like to express my gratitude to the non-resident Chamber Crew who were On-Call during the last few days. When the rest of the lab was evacuated the Chamber Crew were the only people allowed to stay. We had a small generator that ran the lab’s kitchen freezer, the Crew Quarter’s refrigerator, satellite phone & radio chargers, and satellite TV for a couple hours at a time; and all our cooking was done on a propane grill. It was an adventure and showed how well people can deal with adverse circumstances.
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