Quick update before I go watch The Hunger Games.
Yesterday, a team mate and I made dinner for the entire team (12 people total). We made chicken stir fry with veggies and rice. Luckily, my team mate knows how to cook, so I did most of the prep work and left the cooking to her.
As a team we share a kitchen with one other team (a fridge and storage unit for each team, shared counter space, microwave, and other cooking supplies) and 2 stoves with 3 other teams (meaning we have to walk across the hall to use a stove). Sharing everything hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be, except that we only have one big pot, and tonight two teams needed it at the same time. Tonight, two team members cooked spaghetti with red sauce, salad, and garlic bread. It was delicious, but I forgot to take a picture. Most of this food comes from Walmart in Cedar Rapids. Its a longer drive away, but it means we can buy more food. Shopping for food today made me feel like the Duggars, especially when we had to buy seven bags of potatoes and six loaves of bread.
Today we had a meeting with a FEMA representative who explained what we will be doing. My entire team has the same job as public assistance. This is not an official description, but here’s a general idea of what I will be doing. I will be working with the local government to create plans to repair damage done to public property (schools, bridges, roads etc). I will get to see the damage if we get to a disaster early, either way I will also be doing paperwork, inputting data into the computer, and gathering information. Another good thing is that FEMA and NCCC are looking into how we might be able to shadow other FEMA workers, so I could spend a day learning the environmental side of a disaster, or external affairs, etc.
Alright, sorry for the quick post but it is time for some Hunger Games. 😀 Here’s a pretty Vinton sunset before I go.