The Texas Navy so far has ‘Dispatched’ over 5200 boaters to perform rescues. We’ve all seen the photos and videos of boaters driving their boats up to homes to pull people off of roofs. But how do they know where to go? How do they go right to homes where citizens are waiting to be saved?
Let’s step back and take a closer look at how this whole thing works, these citizen boaters, the Texas Navy, the Cajun Navy.
Do you think the boaters gas up their trucks and boats drive for hours at a time and just show up and then keep their fingers crossed and hope to find people that need to be rescued?
Do you believe the boaters randomly drive around and hope to get lucky to save a life?
They don’t. The Texas Navy is fully coordinated by a team of unlikely hero’s.
The hero’s are a team of citizens who organically joined together to provide logistical support to the boaters. They use the internet and social media to make it happen.
It would seem the boater saviors might have their own saviors!
The Texas Navy and Cajun Navy are fully controlled and dispatched by this organic army of tech and creative volunteers sitting behind their computers and working around the clock by organizing into shifts. If you’ve ever listened in on their Zello channel at 2am, you’ve heard one of the shifts dispatching boaters.
Here is how the whole system works.
First you need to have person to rescue. These requests come to the volunteers from their Zello app channel, called the Texas Navy. They also come by the hundreds as Inbox request sent to them from victims needing rescue through the Texas Navy Facebook page. Each request is entered into a database by one of the support team members and then vetted by another. Each of these team members are sitting in their own homes, which can be states and even countries apart. Once the need has been confirmed the dispatch team, some of them sitting in coffee shops possibly near you, advise boaters where to perform rescues.
Along with directing the boaters to perform a rescue, the citizen team also tracks where the water will be moving so they can pre-stage the boaters ahead of time. The boaters may get the glory but without the enormous efforts of citizens sitting behind their computers and using social media and technology to direct them many more thousands of lives would have been lost because boaters wouldn’t know where to go.
These dispatchers, researchers, messengers, managers and coordinators have never met, but by using technology and learning to work together they’ve had an enormous impact by saving flood victims lives.
As the waters recede and the effort transitions to supply deliveries, the boaters go home. But these creative and technology savvy citizens who were just yesterday dispatching boaters are changing over to continue coordinating supply deliveries to homes and warehouses across the region. You’ll never see a photo of these people on the news or in a boat, instead they are working behind the scenes to coordinate everything from diaper deliveries to rescuing elderly citizens form the top of homes. They’re an untold but critical part of the entire citizen-led rescue ecosystem. They get no press coverage the efforts they do are will probably never seen or publicly appreciated. But you can help, how about sharing this article to show your appreciation for the dispatchers working as incident commanders from their homes and coffee shops around the country!
These are just a few of the dispatchers that sent over 5200 rescue missions over the last 6 days, and they’re just getting started.
Meet 15 of the hundreds of citizen’s working from their homes who make up the Texas Navy ICO (Incident Command Center).
Rory – Dispatching from Houma, La
Joel – Dispatching from Alpine Utah
Chris – Dispatching from St Louis Mo
Mike – Dispatching from Thailand
Debi – Dispatching from her home in Shorterville AL
Pixie – Dispatching from Buna Texas
Amber – Dispatching from Huntsville, AL
Jessica – Dispatching from her home in Powell, TN She is small online business owner
Tracee – Dispatching from Austin Texas She is a screenwriter/filmmaker
Chelsie – It has actually been my husband and I both, hes been on zillo and Ive done calls 😃 Jake Miller. Dispatching from home in Ohio, The both work from home selling LuLaRoe
Kelly – Dispatching from home in Sulphur, La, She is a School Bus Driver
Elizabeth – Dispatching from Oklahoma (Dislocated), lives in Groves, TX Working from her cell
A.K. Gordon, Team Rubicon Liason, work in Antarctica as a Firefighter, was working from home. Thanks to the Team Rubicon NOC in Dallas and Remote Operations Team for everything they’ve done! It was a pleasure working with such a professional organization!
Tracie – Dispatching from Shreveport She works from home as a graphic designer and homeschool 2 of our children. Former public school teacher.
Scotty – Dispatching from the Left Coast Works as a Screenwriter
Kazie – Dispatching from her Home in Porter, Texas Shes I’m a small business owner. (Pyrography art/Home Decor)
Lessie – Dispatching from her home in Denham Springs Louisiana She graphics design and is the assistant youth director at the church at Addis.