How to Stage Your Disaster Relief Base Camp
When planning your base camp for disaster relief, it’s important to stage your camp properly. And when including mobile sleeper trailers, you’ll need them to be located in areas that will promote the best quality rest for your disaster relief workers. In order to run your base camp efficiently, create a layout plan. In this blog, we’re sharing what to consider when deciding on where to put each structure so as to best support your disaster relief efforts.
Locating a Place for Your Base Camp
First and foremost, you should decide where to place your disaster relief base camp. Here are some questions to ask as you plan:
- Is there a prime area away from the disaster site, but close enough to help victims effectively?
- Is it possible to stage your base camp in a locally known area so that victims can find it easily?
The answers to these questions will help you aid those affected by a disaster the most efficiently. It also helps to try to place your base camp in an area that is accessible to major highways — this will allow your emergency responders and volunteers to quickly reach your base camp and contribute aid. (It will also make getting supplies to your camp easier.)
When Including Mobile Sleeper Trailers…
Once you have decided on the location of your base camp, you should also think about where to place your mobile sleeper trailers. Where you place sleeping areas can affect the location of other vital areas for your disaster relief camp.
Where To Place Mobile Sleeper Trailers?
To start, your latrines or portable restrooms would be best placed 100 yards away and downwind from your sleeper trailers. Given that your command center will operate 24/7 and will likely produce a lot of noise, you should also try to place your command post away from mobile sleeper trailers to promote the best possible sleep quality for your relief workers.
Emergency sleeper trailers should be away from other high-noise areas like roads, generators, work sites, and maintenance areas. Noisy areas can prevent employees from getting adequate sleep, which can affect their ability to perform their duties.
How Many Sleeper Trailers Do You Need?
Finally, it’s time to ask “how many emergency mobile sleeper trailers will you need to accommodate all of your people?” It’s ideal to have different sleeping quarters for different types of workers. For example, there would be varying sleeping quarters for your kitchen workers vs your logistics crew, as their shifts often clash. Housing people on different schedules in the same area can create sleep disruptions and animosity among your disaster relief staff. It is critical that your disaster relief personnel get the rest they need to efficiently aid victims. A lack of sleep can lead to burnout and exhaustion, which affects their mental, emotional, and physical capacity to help those in need.
Therefore, be sure to fully analyze how to set up your base camps and create a layout plan that will promote the most practical and successful disaster relief operations. Even something as small as where you place your emergency mobile sleeper trailers can have a huge impact on your aid efforts.