|Natori Junior Highschool - Jan 26th, 2012|
When unloading the trucks, there are several different strategies to handle the unloading process efficiently. Some teams prefer to set up distribution lines, and pass goods from one person to the next in long chains. Other teams tend to rely on loading trailer carts until they are full, and then carting the supplies to their resting point. For heavy boxes, it's often easiest to form long lines, and to have people progressively push the boxes along the floor to reach the resting point.
The work load is reliant on the timing of the trucks to arrive. During the Summer and Fall the trucks generally arrive on time, but once the snow starts falling, truck arrivals become quite random. On this day, we had to split up our lunch break into four separate sessions. After a slow morning, we suddenly had an onslaught of three trucks show up almost as soon as the previous one had left. Due to difficult traffic conditions, there was no way to confirm when the trucks should be coming.
Either way, it's quite satisfying to stand in a room with tons of aid, and knowing that it'll be helping out the residents of the temporary housing units in the near future.
|Unloading boxes of clothing and blankets from the trucks|
|The trucks have finally been emptied.|