A winter storm warning is in effect today for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory is in effect today for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
We know all too well here in Eastern Carolina how difficult it is to deal with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Take the flooding following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Dealing with that disaster was draining for first responders, who work through long hours and tough conditions to help victims.
The strain of round-the-clock work can be devastating, and first responders somehow have to find the strength to make it another day.
But something as simple as a shower can help. Washing away some of the stress and all of the grime from time spent in trying situations can refresh disaster workers, so they are better able to face the next challenge.
That's the purpose behind the "Emergency Response Shower Unit." It's self-contained and can be driven nearly anywhere.
The mobile shower unit is 26-feet long. It contains five large shower stalls, each with its own dressing area and sink.
The unit is the brainchild of Bill Taylor of Aiken, South Carolina. He's been on many a church mission trip to help others, most recently to the Gulf Coast to assist Katrina victims.
His experiences, along with stories from first reponders and victims, inspired him to create this mobile unit.
You can take a tour of the shower unit by clicking on the related link below.