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Logistics: Protection from the Elements

Posted 3 years ago on July 29, 2011, 9:06 p.m. EST by jart (1146) from New York, NY

In New York City, the average low temperature at night are:

  • 60°F (15°C) during September
  • 50°F (10°C) during October

That's a bit chilly so we need to discuss how we're going to get people free blankets to stay warm and tarps/tents to stay dry.

Ideally speaking, people should not have to buy these things themselves as a prerequisite for attending if they cannot afford them. Many people are struggling enough as it is to get by and we need to do everything we can to be inclusive to low income people.

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[-] 4 points by Jack_Starr (11) from Kerhonkson, NY 3 years ago

I can pledge to donate several blankets to anyone in need for this event. If those of us who are able to do so all contribute in this way, we should be able to provide enough for those who are staying nightly. My tent can also fit 2 or 3 people plus some gear.

[-] 2 points by jart (1146) from New York, NY 3 years ago

Thank you for offering to help out. Small donations like this are going to be really important so one of the things we should try to do as soon as possible is find a few organization in Manhattan that are willing to let people mail or drop-off these materials and keep them safe until September.

[-] 1 points by radleft (15) 3 years ago

Some of the NY area IWW locals should be able to help with that.

[-] 2 points by McKinnley (53) 2 years ago

Head’s up all… looks like the weather is going to get cooler this weekend. The forecast is for a high of 59 on Sunday. Up for consensus… I think allocating funds for the following: http://www.mcrmedical.com/category/gold-space-blankets.html Might be a good investment. I think it would be hilarious to see 800 Gold and silver blobs running around down at the Wall. I did a quick Search and found the aforementioned website… others might find a better deal. For $800 there could be 800 blankets.

[-] 1 points by jart (1146) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Forwarded this along to a few people. Thanks for the great tip!

[-] 2 points by Jabuka (3) from Columbia, NJ 3 years ago

Hmmm. My mum and I volunteer at a thrift shop type of place, so I'm sure that I can get some things from there pretty easily. There is a HUGE washing machine box full of sweat shirts in the back that I have access to. Quite a few blankets. I own a lot of blankets as well. I have a three person tent.

[-] 1 points by McKinnley (53) 2 years ago

Winter arrives in 79 days

[-] 1 points by jart (1146) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Winter is coming...

[-] 1 points by AstraStarr (71) from New Paltz, NY 2 years ago

space blankets..... its ABOUT TIME that "we" (the awake) got serious about PREPPIN! Survivalist... they have been around for along time, usually hiding out in right extremist grps.... but now we can be one!!! When the curtains down everyone in the audience sees the backstage... doesnt matter who you are.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 2 years ago

one aspect of the game that they will play with you is to deny you protection from the elements. as you saw they will steal things from you, tarps, and any kind of cover, blankets are likely to be next and people who are handing out or guarding personal belongings will be targeted- anything left alone even for a few seconds will be stolen by police... etc... So your best bet is not blankets, but layers of clothing, which btw is also optimal for padding if you end up being one of the ones getting beaten. wear as many layers as you can and wrap unused layers around you. tie the layers around your waste. Etc.

[-] 1 points by cia_kid (5) from Ilford, England 3 years ago

Tents, Sleeping Bags. About it.

Army surplus, etc.

Why don't we invite the homeless accross NYC to join, 1) Boost numbers & 2) Gives them a safe place to sleep for a change.

[-] 1 points by anonopndc (5) 3 years ago

im brinin my own sleepin ba and some visqueen to construct shelter all i awk in trade is food to eat! It ot reall thin whenn i was in caro ey. i hope it wont be so bad here. of the 16 days there i ate mabey once every other day so women could eat. are we americans tready to do that? i mentionnit becuase we need to plan for tyhe possabilaty. thouh theweather is ointo be warm brin thick clothin to protect from stones and bottles. brin instant milk to wash pepre from peoples eyes. \ think folks ! thank you i wish mybwife were oin tobe with us. she wants me there not in court forbher pray forall anons.

[-] 1 points by Dragonfire1024 (16) from Kittery, ME 3 years ago

Also ask Salvation Army shops, Good Will etc. Those are good places to start. they often have lots of stuff that can't fit on shelves or stuff that will end up in the trash because it cannot be moved quick enough.

[-] 1 points by Jabuka (3) from Columbia, NJ 3 years ago

Yeah, the thrift shop where I volunteer throws a LOT of stuff out. I'll just take blankets and whatnot from that. =)

[-] 0 points by anonymous () 3 years ago

↥ ↧ anonymous 1 points 3 hours ago Roor shaped cardboard boxes covered in black plastic bags. Google - chinese ipad 5th avenue waiting- reply permalink ↥ ↧ anonymous 1 points 3 hours ago Roof shaped i mean. Cops wont bother during rain storms. Fold and hold when its dry enough for them to come out of their cars. NYC has resources on its streets like any other jungle. Better to not rely on you expensive confiscatable equipment. Watch Jurasic Park 1 to see what happens when you trust in "Sparing nobexpence". On top of that having expensivecequipment labels you as a leader and a smarty to the cops which makes you a target for arrest. Bread or food racks can keep you off the ground, cardboard can give you blackbplastic industrial grade human sized garbage bag structure so water doesn't pool, strategic holes can provide ventilation, small umbrellas can cap and uncap vents. I would suggest a good light pair of rain pants and cheap looking goretex jacket as that is MUCH better than a sleeping bag thatvwill just get soggy and cheesy moldy very quickly. Many changes of socks and some small foot sized plastic bags for when you boots eventually get soaked through. This can go one of three ways. Heed.