|Location||EB2 (behind) on the grass|
|Start Date||April 21, 2017 10:00 AM|
|End Date||April 21, 2017 8:00 PM|
IEEE has a mobile disaster relief program, committed to assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term solutions for communications, computer access, and power. These temporary emergency relief provisions help people stay connected and make sure they can access the help they need. The method of providing these services is through the IEEE-USA sponsored Mobile Outreach VEhicle (MOVE). This vehicle has a large array of technology on-board. Volunteers deploy the vehicle to disaster areas at the request of the American Red Cross Organization.
The MOVE truck is staged in North Carolina where it has been deployed to natural disasters and used by volunteers to conduct community outreach and learning opportunities for students and the general public in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The MOVE truck has been as far west as Texas, and as far north as New York to “get kids jazzed” about studying STEM. There were more than a dozen K-12, college and other public appearances for the vehicle in 2016, reaching 955 students and educators.
The MOVE truck logged 14,000 miles since it went into service in March 2016. The MOVE truck was deployed for more than 8 weeks in 2016, aiding in 5 disaster situations. MOVE was also used as a command center to prevent loss of life through community smoke alarm installations.
The concept of a mobile disaster relief vehicle was conceived by a group of Region 3 volunteers in late 2013, with the intention that this would be a pilot later duplicated by other Regions around the globe. The project team did not want to duplicate the efforts of other relief organizations, but rather to fill a niche that was not being served and complement the efforts of these other disaster responders. The vehicle was designed by IEEE volunteers. Its power system is a combination of solar and diesel generator power. Gregg Vaughn led the design effort. The MOVE project is seen as a way to engage and excite volunteers in humanitarian efforts that are close to home.