To add to our fun with COVID-19 and all the civil unrest going on in our country right now, we can also add Hurricane Season to our growing list of concerns. An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. As I type this update, tropical depression Cristobal is strengthening in the Gulf Of Mexico is and is expected to become a tropical storm shortly.
I can remember no time in modern history where there has been more demand on our First Responders than right now because everything going on in our country is on a national level, not isolated to just a specific region of the country. If we have as active of a Hurricane Season as predicted, all of our resources will be stretched to their limits. I say all of this knowing that these brave men and women prepare for these situations daily and are doing everything they can to do what they are always trying to do – keep the rest of us safe.
The small role that CCS plays in these efforts is to do everything we can to assist our customers to ensure that their mobile command centers are operational and ready to roll when they are needed. We have multiple projects in progress that will provide even more mobile command center resources to assist in these ongoing efforts. New MERCs (mobile emergency response centers) and other projects are well under way for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (TX DPS), Texas Rangers, US Army North, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, University of Texas – Arlington, Lewisville, TX Police Dept., FEMA, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Grapevine Police Dept., Denton County, Cit of Irving Police Dept., and several more. CCS continues to ramp up our production team and have been adding new welders, fabricators, electricians, and IT staff to support this increased demand.
Not all of our projects are related to emergency response. A recent project that CCS was very proud to be a part of was a complete renovation for UT Southwestern Medical Center on a mobile mammogram center that they use to serve the residents of the Dallas/Ft Worth community. This project was a little bit out of our wheelhouse because it needed to be set up more as a mobile medical center than a command center. Sydney McCauley the Mobile Mammography Program Coordinator and Shelley Williamson the Breast Imaging Center Manager both did a phenomenal job of putting together a scope of work of what they needed us to do, what they wanted the “look and feel” of the unit to be, and staying engaged with us during the build out process to make sure we were all on the same page. Paul Aguero, Jacob Skoza,and the entire production team at CCS did a great job of meeting and exceeding these requirements to make sure UT Southwestern was extremely happy with the finished project. This project basically had us gut most of the interior, install new walls, new flooring, raise the ceiling, add new HVAC, install a new Engine Power Source (EPS) generator, redo the cabinets, install new bench seating, a new sound system, a new FirstNet enabled CradlePoint LTE router with a Panorama roof mount Wifi and LTE antenna, new side access steps, new kitchenette, and new LED lighting. This unit is truly a life saver for the women that are able to get these mammograms completed as part of the early detection process. UT Southwestern does a great job supporting their community and it was a pleasure to work with them on this project.
Much more on these current project in coming months. As always, please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-772-2721.