"Honey, we need to do something." It was August 25th and my wife and I were overseas, introducing our toddler daughter to her extended family. We were watching Houston being decimated by Hurricane Harvey.
"Yeah, we will. But for right now, there's a diaper disaster you can take care of right now." She was trying to bring some levity to my concern. But she married me, in part, for my visceral call to help every time there's a disaster.
When Katrina hit, a small group of us bought extra diesel for our trucks, gas for our chainsaws, and all the medical supplies we could- and hit the road. We cleared roads to help get the real relief in to Biloxi through New Orleans, triaging where and when we could.
When Sandy hit, we set up and ran an emergency medical shelter for health-vulnerable patients in Long Island with the Red Cross.
This is who I was- who I am. My duty as a human being is to help my fellow inhabitants.
And now our United States are being torn apart, town by town- because then Irma happened. Houston, Puerto Rico, the caribbean, and the gulf coast were fighting for FEMA resources. Construction crews and contractors would be spread too thin to repair all the damage before mold and diseases would spread. Our fellow Americans, on the whole, would be on their own.
And yet there are so many more experts in other areas with families and responsibilities who also want to help. But they can't just get in their trucks and drive over, either. I was tinkering with videochat software and thought it's just common sense to put these experts on one side and the folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves and fix their homes on the other.
And that's how UDoVu
was born. One of U
will be do
ing, under the guidance of the other one of U
Repair work will go on for months, and so at least this project hopefully will help folks get back on their feet faster.
And hopefully, in between disasters, we can help homeowners remodel, rehab, and repair under the guidance of an expert willing to observe and guide.
It'll be cheaper than having the local, available expert do the job without the homeowner. The videochat connection is instantaneous, when you want or need it. And the experts are earning extra income using their expertise without the hassle of even leaving their most comfortable chair!
This is an exciting idea and yet completely "why didn't I think of that?" Well, let's just help each other make this project work, so the next disaster is a little more bearable. And in the meantime, we can all benefit by getting a little "Know-how, NOW!"