Security Studies graduate educatee Adam Lee as well as his friend from Minnesota rescued seniors from nursing homes inwards Port Arthur during Hurricane Harvey.
Lee, a Security Studies graduate educatee at Sam Houston State University, joined a household unit of measurement friend who drove downwardly from Minnesota to assist rescue people trapped past times ascent floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. The duo spent 3 days inwards Spring, Beaumont, as well as Port Arthur, searching for victims as well as ushering those who wanted to evacuate to safety.
In Port Arthur, Lee as well as Bloyer spent ane twenty-four threescore minutes current rescuing seniors from nursing homes. At the Cypress Glen nursing home, they transported 2 wheelchair-bound residents via boat to a staging area, where they were loaded on Army helicopters as well as taken to Conroe. One resident couldn’t speak; the 2nd was inwards critical status as well as speedily running out of oxygen. Other mobile seniors were taken to a theatre waiting for their plow to leave.
It was organized chaos,” said Lee. “We were ane of the kickoff boats at that spot (at Cypress Glen). You had nurses, volunteers as well as paperwork, which were lay inwards a vest on each person. You would line inwards to the staging area, as well as volunteers would last at that spot to give you lot nutrient as well as H2O as well as post you lot dorsum out, as well as 6-8 people would receive got the patient out of the boat as well as thus carry them to the helicopter.”
The Port Arthur rescue attempt went on for 2 days, alongside Lee as well as Bloyer sleeping inwards their truck at black inwards a CVS parking lot. Although the Army, First Responders as well as National Guard were inwards the city, it was an attempt run mainly past times volunteers because of the extent of the need. The volunteers came from all over – from Georgia, Florida, Louisiana as well as Minnesota to help. It also included local residents, similar Jamal, who hopped on the boat to assist them navigate the city. “He was our tour guide, for lack of a improve word,” said Lee. “Jamal knew a lot of people.”
Lee lay his preparation from his homeland security classes into action.
“It was of import to receive got a thorough agreement of emergency administration as well as the incident ascendance systems,” said Lee. “But it was also neat to receive got spontaneous volunteers. It was ane of the virtually of import resources nosotros had.”
Lee as well as Bloyer began their efforts working alongside the Spring Fire Department, exactly many residents did non desire to exit their homes. When the Coast Guard called for volunteers alongside boats, the duo briefly worked inwards Beaumont, handing out nutrient as well as H2O to residents trapped inwards an storey complex. In Port Arthur, they launched their boat from the local mall to assist rescue seniors from 2 of 3 nursing homes inwards the area. Eventually, medicine as well as medical files used for seniors were giving to Bloyer, as well as he was instructed to convey them to the staging area. Upon arrival, he was loaded on an Army helicopter to assist alongside the shipping of residents to Conroe.
Following the rescue efforts, Lee drove from Port Arthur to Conroe, which took 6-7 hours because the primary route to the expanse was unopen downwardly due to explosions at the Arkema constitute inwards Crosby.
After graduation inwards May 2018, Lee hopes to plow emergency administration into a career, helping those inwards involve inwards disasters unopen to the country.
“I got to lay everything I learned to expert use,” said Lee.