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MSNBC 26 Mar 2020

Army Corps of Engineers Gives Options To States Facing COVID Crush

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Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Army Corps of Engineers works with other federal agencies and state and local authorities to modify existing facilities to provide much needed expansion of hospital capacity in the face of mounting COVID-19 cases. Aired on 3/26/20.


Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, talks with Rachel Maddow about how his team has adapted to the needs of localities dealing with the spread of coronavirus infections and the significant time pressure of approaching peak infection rates. Aired on 04/07/2020.
Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, said Friday his organization is assigning eight contracts to add about 10,000 temporary patient beds. (April 3)
Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, joins Andrea Mitchell to explain how his team is working to mitigate hospital bed shortages in New York and other hot spots across the country. Aired on 4/6/2020.
In March, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite was two months away from retirement. Now, as Covid-19 cases skyrocket, he's the architect of a nationwide plan to build thousands of emergency hospital beds in states with critical shortages.

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>>> LASTLY, HOW DO YOU CONVERT A
>>> LASTLY, HOW DO YOU CONVERT A ROOM TO NEGATIVE PRESSURE?
ROOM TO NEGATIVE PRESSURE? >> I’M GOING TO GET SUPER
>> I’M GOING TO GET SUPER SIMPLE.
SIMPLE. IT IS ACTUALLY A LITTLE TINY
IT IS ACTUALLY A LITTLE TINY UNIT LIKE HOTEL ROOMS, ALMOST
UNIT LIKE HOTEL ROOMS, ALMOST EVERY HOTEL ROOM HAS A LITTLE
EVERY HOTEL ROOM HAS A LITTLE TINY UNIT BACK IN THE CORNER,
TINY UNIT BACK IN THE CORNER, SELF CONTAINED FOR THAT
SELF CONTAINED FOR THAT PARTICULAR ROOM AND WE WANT TO
PARTICULAR ROOM AND WE WANT TO BRING THE PRESSURE DOWN TWO OR
BRING THE PRESSURE DOWN TWO OR THREE PSI AND ADJUST THAT UNIT
THREE PSI AND ADJUST THAT UNIT TO BE ABLE TO SUCK MORE AIR OUT
TO BE ABLE TO SUCK MORE AIR OUT DOWN THROUGH THE BATHROOM VENT
DOWN THROUGH THE BATHROOM VENT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A NEGATIVE
TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A NEGATIVE PRESSURE.
PRESSURE. ON THE DOOR, YOU PUT UP A BIG
ON THE DOOR, YOU PUT UP A BIG PIECE OF PLASTIC WITH A DIPPER
PIECE OF PLASTIC WITH A DIPPER ON IT, A ZIPPER ON.
ON IT, A ZIPPER ON. >> IT AND IT IS A RELATIVELY
>> IT AND IT IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE PROCESS AND IF WE CAN’T
SIMPLE PROCESS AND IF WE CAN’T USE THE EXISTING UNIT WE WILL
USE THE EXISTING UNIT WE WILL RIP IT OUT AND PUT ANOTHER ONE
RIP IT OUT AND PUT ANOTHER ONE IN THAT IS HIGHER PRESSURE.
IN THAT IS HIGHER PRESSURE. WE WANT TO SUCK THE AIR DOWN SO
WE WANT TO SUCK THE AIR DOWN SO WE HAVE A NEGATIVE PRESSURE.
WE HAVE A NEGATIVE PRESSURE. >> THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
>> THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DEPLOYS IN A NATIONAL CRISIS,
DEPLOYS IN A NATIONAL CRISIS, TAILORING WHAT THEY DO WITH THE
TAILORING WHAT THEY DO WITH THE CRISIS AT HAND, 9/11 REQUIRED A
CRISIS AT HAND, 9/11 REQUIRED A DIFFERENT RESPONSE FROM SAY A
DIFFERENT RESPONSE FROM SAY A HURRICANE, AND IN THIS MOMENT,
HURRICANE, AND IN THIS MOMENT, WHAT THIS NATIONAL CRISIS
WHAT THIS NATIONAL CRISIS REQUIRES IS, A, SPEED, AND B,
REQUIRES IS, A, SPEED, AND B, BUILDING, AND THAT IS SOMETHING
BUILDING, AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAN PROVIDE IN BOTH COUNTS.
CAN PROVIDE IN BOTH COUNTS. WHAT THEY ARE BUILDING NOW IS
WHAT THEY ARE BUILDING NOW IS HOSPITALS, LOTS OF THEM, IN
HOSPITALS, LOTS OF THEM, IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY,
DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, IN FEDERAL PARTNERSHIPS, AND
IN FEDERAL PARTNERSHIPS, AND STATE PARTNERSHIPS, WHERE
STATE PARTNERSHIPS, WHERE THEY’RE MOST IN DEMAND.
THEY’RE MOST IN DEMAND. LIEUTENANT JOHN TODD SEMINI IS
LIEUTENANT JOHN TODD SEMINI IS THE CHIEF OF ENGINEER, THE
THE CHIEF OF ENGINEER, THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE U.S.
COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, IN
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, IN NORMAL TIMES WE CIVILIANS DO NOT
NORMAL TIMES WE CIVILIANS DO NOT HEAR FROM HIM DIRECTLY ALL THAT
HEAR FROM HIM DIRECTLY ALL THAT MUCH, BUT JUST WATCH HIM HERE
MUCH, BUT JUST WATCH HIM HERE WATCH THE LECH TERN IN THIS NEXT
WATCH THE LECH TERN IN THIS NEXT CLIP AND NOTICE HOW THE GENERAL
CLIP AND NOTICE HOW THE GENERAL STARTS SPEAKING AND GETS DOWN TO
STARTS SPEAKING AND GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS EVEN BEFORE HE PUTS HIS
BUSINESS EVEN BEFORE HE PUTS HIS PAPERS DOWN.
PAPERS DOWN. >> CAN WE GET A QUICK UPDATE ON
>> CAN WE GET A QUICK UPDATE ON NEW YORK.
NEW YORK. >> SURE.
>> SURE. >> SO BARBARA, BEFORE I TALK
>> SO BARBARA, BEFORE I TALK ABOUT A SPECIFIC STATE, I THINK
ABOUT A SPECIFIC STATE, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO LAY OUT OUR
IT IS IMPORTANT TO LAY OUT OUR CONCEPT HERE BECAUSE YOU’VE NOT
CONCEPT HERE BECAUSE YOU’VE NOT HEARD THIS AND WE WILL TALK
HEARD THIS AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT THIS A LOT PROBABLY IN THE
ABOUT THIS A LOT PROBABLY IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLY
THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLY COMPLICATED PROBLEM AND THERE IS
COMPLICATED PROBLEM AND THERE IS NO WAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO
NO WAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THIS WITH A COMPLICATED
THIS WITH A COMPLICATED SOLUTION.
SOLUTION. WE NEED SOMETHING SIMPLE.
WE NEED SOMETHING SIMPLE. WE WANT TO USE NEW YORK AS A
WE WANT TO USE NEW YORK AS A STANDARD CENTER.
STANDARD CENTER. AND IN MY TALKS WITH GOVERNOR
AND IN MY TALKS WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO, HE SAID WHAT CAN YOU DO,
CUOMO, HE SAID WHAT CAN YOU DO, AND THE BIGGEST THING YOU CAN DO
AND THE BIGGEST THING YOU CAN DO IS START IDENTIFYING FACILITIES
IS START IDENTIFYING FACILITIES AND HOW FAST DO YOU NEED THEM
AND HOW FAST DO YOU NEED THEM AND I NEED ONE TONIGHT.
AND I NEED ONE TONIGHT. I NEED THREE BY TOMORROW NIGHT.
I NEED THREE BY TOMORROW NIGHT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE GOT TO DO
THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING VERY, VERY QUICK.
SOMETHING VERY, VERY QUICK. MOST OF THE GOVERNORS ARE SAYING
MOST OF THE GOVERNORS ARE SAYING THAT THEIR PEAK IS SOMEWHERE
THAT THEIR PEAK IS SOMEWHERE AROUND THE MIDDLE OF APRIL.
AROUND THE MIDDLE OF APRIL. SO THIS IS NOT TAKE ALL THE TIME
SO THIS IS NOT TAKE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO DO IT.
IN THE WORLD TO DO IT. THIS IS WHAT IS JUST BARELY THE
THIS IS WHAT IS JUST BARELY THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE HAVE TO
MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO COME
DO IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A GOOD ENOUGH SOLUTION.
UP WITH A GOOD ENOUGH SOLUTION. >> WHEN A REPORTER ASKED ABOUT
>> WHEN A REPORTER ASKED ABOUT STATES BEYOND NEW YORK, THAT
STATES BEYOND NEW YORK, THAT HAVE ASKED THE GENERAL, THE U.S.
HAVE ASKED THE GENERAL, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR HELP, HE RESPONDS, BY SAYING,
HELP, HE RESPONDS, BY SAYING, QUOTE, IT’S TOO LONG A LIST
QUOTE, IT’S TOO LONG A LIST RIGHT NOW.
RIGHT NOW. IN OTHER WORDS, I DON’T HAVE
IN OTHER WORDS, I DON’T HAVE TIME TO REEL THAT OFF TO YOU.
TIME TO REEL THAT OFF TO YOU. JOINING US NOW FOR THE INTERVIEW
JOINING US NOW FOR THE INTERVIEW TONIGHT, IS THE LIEUTENANT
TONIGHT, IS THE LIEUTENANT GENERAL, CHIEF OF ENGINEERS AND
GENERAL, CHIEF OF ENGINEERS AND COMMANDING JOHN OF THE U.S. ARMY
COMMANDING JOHN OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, GENERAL, AN
CORPS OF ENGINEERS, GENERAL, AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU WITH US
HONOR TO HAVE YOU WITH US TONIGHT, THANK YOU FOR TAKING
TONIGHT, THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME, I KNOW YOU’RE INCREDIBLY
TIME, I KNOW YOU’RE INCREDIBLY BUSY.
BUSY. >> AND THANKS FOR HAVING US ON
>> AND THANKS FOR HAVING US ON AND OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
AND OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF THOSE FAMILIES
TO ALL OF THOSE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS
AFFECTED BY THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS AND WE IN THE ARMY CORPS OF
AND WE IN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ARE DOING WHATEVER WE
ENGINEERS ARE DOING WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO HELP MITIGATE THIS BED
CAN DO TO HELP MITIGATE THIS BED SHORTAGE, WE CERTAINLY WANT TO
SHORTAGE, WE CERTAINLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.
BE ABLE TO DO THAT. >> TELL OUR AUDIENCE IN GENERAL
>> TELL OUR AUDIENCE IN GENERAL TERMS WHAT THE ARMY CORPS OF
TERMS WHAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DOES, AND WHAT YOU
ENGINEERS DOES, AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO SO FAR, AS
HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO SO FAR, AS PART OF THIS PANDEMIC RESPONSE.
PART OF THIS PANDEMIC RESPONSE. >> SO WE PRIMARILY DO ALL OF THE
>> SO WE PRIMARILY DO ALL OF THE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ARMY AND WE
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ARMY AND WE DO A LOT OF OTHER CONSTRUCTION
DO A LOT OF OTHER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NAVY, THE AIR FORCE AND
FOR THE NAVY, THE AIR FORCE AND OTHER KEY ELEMENTS IN THE
OTHER KEY ELEMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND WE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO STEP UP FOR
HAVE BEEN ASKED TO STEP UP FOR THE INNER-AGENCY AND HELP OUT,
THE INNER-AGENCY AND HELP OUT, AND SPECIFICALLY TONIGHT, I’M
AND SPECIFICALLY TONIGHT, I’M REALLY HERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT
REALLY HERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE DO ON BEHALF OF FEMA, AND SO
WE DO ON BEHALF OF FEMA, AND SO IT IS ALMOST A NATIONAL
IT IS ALMOST A NATIONAL CAPABILITY, TO BE ABLE TO STEP
CAPABILITY, TO BE ABLE TO STEP UP AND PROVIDE OPTIONS.
UP AND PROVIDE OPTIONS. AND THIS IS WHERE YOU HEARD IN
AND THIS IS WHERE YOU HEARD IN THAT CLIP, WHERE A LOT OF
THAT CLIP, WHERE A LOT OF GOVERNORS SAID, WE’VE GOT TO BE
GOVERNORS SAID, WE’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO BUILD HOSPITALS IN A
ABLE TO BUILD HOSPITALS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
COUPLE OF WEEKS. YOU CAN’T BUILD A HOSPITAL IN A
YOU CAN’T BUILD A HOSPITAL IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND THE WHOLE GOAL OF WHAT WE’RE
AND THE WHOLE GOAL OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS TO GO INTO AN
TRYING TO DO IS TO GO INTO AN EXISTING FACILITY, SOMETHING
EXISTING FACILITY, SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY BUILT, AND
THAT IS ALREADY BUILT, AND THEREFORE MODIFY IT, TO BE ABLE
THEREFORE MODIFY IT, TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT SHORTAGE.
TO TAKE CARE OF THAT SHORTAGE. JUST THINK IF YOU’VE GOT A
JUST THINK IF YOU’VE GOT A HOTEL, OR A SPORTS ARENA, IT’S
HOTEL, OR A SPORTS ARENA, IT’S ALREADY BUILT TO CODE, IT’S
ALREADY BUILT TO CODE, IT’S ALREADY GOT WATER AND IT’S GOT
ALREADY GOT WATER AND IT’S GOT ELECTRICITY AND GOT FIRE AND
ELECTRICITY AND GOT FIRE AND SAFETY, AND THEN TO BE ABLE TO
SAFETY, AND THEN TO BE ABLE TO GO INTO THAT FACILITY, AND
GO INTO THAT FACILITY, AND MODIFY IT JUST ENOUGH.
MODIFY IT JUST ENOUGH. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE JAVI IT.
WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE JAVI IT. S CENTER BUT THAT’S EXACTLY
S CENTER BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT, THIS GREAT TEAM IS DOING
WHAT, THIS GREAT TEAM IS DOING ACROSS THE STREET HERE TONIGHT
ACROSS THE STREET HERE TONIGHT BY CONVERTING A CONVENTION
BY CONVERTING A CONVENTION CENTER, INTO A POTENTIAL
CENTER, INTO A POTENTIAL HOSPITAL, THAT CAN HOLD UP TO
HOSPITAL, THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 2900 PEOPLE.
2900 PEOPLE. >> ABOUT HOW MANY DIFFERENT
>> ABOUT HOW MANY DIFFERENT FACILITY CONVERSIONS OF THE TYPE
FACILITY CONVERSIONS OF THE TYPE YOU’RE DESCRIBING IS THE ARMY
YOU’RE DESCRIBING IS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RIGHT NOW
CORPS OF ENGINEERS RIGHT NOW INVOLVED IN AROUND THE COUNTRY?
INVOLVED IN AROUND THE COUNTRY? >> SO I’M GOING TO BREAK IT
>> SO I’M GOING TO BREAK IT DOWN.
DOWN. THERE IS REALLY FOUR DIFFERENT
THERE IS REALLY FOUR DIFFERENT STANDARD DESIGNS AND THAT’S THE
STANDARD DESIGNS AND THAT’S THE REAL BEAUTY OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING
REAL BEAUTY OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO OFFER TO STATES HERE.
TO OFFER TO STATES HERE. WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO SITE ADAPT
WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO SITE ADAPT EVERY SINGLE ONE AND WE DESIGN
EVERY SINGLE ONE AND WE DESIGN EVERY SINGLE FACILITY, SO WE’RE
EVERY SINGLE FACILITY, SO WE’RE REALLY GOING INTO A COLLEGE DORM
REALLY GOING INTO A COLLEGE DORM OR A HOTEL, OR WE’RE GOING TO
OR A HOTEL, OR WE’RE GOING TO INTO A LARGE SPORTS ARENA OR A
INTO A LARGE SPORTS ARENA OR A CONVENTION CENTER, AND THOSE ARE
CONVENTION CENTER, AND THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF FACILITIES THAT ARE
THE TYPE OF FACILITIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE COVID-19 OR
GOING TO BE COVID-19 OR NON-COVID-19.
NON-COVID-19. IT’S UP TO THE STATE AND THEN
IT’S UP TO THE STATE AND THEN THE LOCAL MAYORS TO DECIDE WHAT
THE LOCAL MAYORS TO DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT.
THEY WANT. IT’S VERY, VERY HARD TO TAKE AN
IT’S VERY, VERY HARD TO TAKE AN ARENA CAPABILITY, LIKE THE JAVI
ARENA CAPABILITY, LIKE THE JAVI JAVITS CENTER AND MAYBE IT
JAVITS CENTER AND MAYBE IT COVID-19 COMPLIANT.
COVID-19 COMPLIANT. IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO GO INTO
IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO GO INTO A CONFINED ROOM, LIKE A COLLEGE
A CONFINED ROOM, LIKE A COLLEGE DORM OR A HOTEL, AND THEN BE
DORM OR A HOTEL, AND THEN BE ABLE TO MODIFY THAT JUST ENOUGH
ABLE TO MODIFY THAT JUST ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PUT IN A PATIENT
TO BE ABLE TO PUT IN A PATIENT IN THERE, TO BE ABLE TO PUT A
IN THERE, TO BE ABLE TO PUT A COVID-19 PATIENT IN.
COVID-19 PATIENT IN. YOU ASKED ABOUT HOW MANY.
YOU ASKED ABOUT HOW MANY. TONIGHT, WE’VE GOT 103 DIFFERENT
TONIGHT, WE’VE GOT 103 DIFFERENT ASSESSMENTS, WE’RE DOING IN 50
ASSESSMENTS, WE’RE DOING IN 50 DIFFERENT STATES, AND EIGHT
DIFFERENT STATES, AND EIGHT DIFFERENT TERRITORIES.
DIFFERENT TERRITORIES. AND I THINK WE HAVE ABOUT 78
AND I THINK WE HAVE ABOUT 78 DONE RIGHT NOW.
DONE RIGHT NOW. AND THE MAIN THING IS, WRITING
AND THE MAIN THING IS, WRITING CONTRACTS, TONIGHT, TOMORROW, TO
CONTRACTS, TONIGHT, TOMORROW, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT
BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT CONTRACTORS CAN GET BOOTS ON THE
CONTRACTORS CAN GET BOOTS ON THE GROUND TO BE ABLE TO MAKE
GROUND TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
SOMETHING HAPPEN. IT GOES BACK TO THIS WHOLE
IT GOES BACK TO THIS WHOLE POINT.
POINT. THIS IS NOT WHERE I ASK OUR GUYS
THIS IS NOT WHERE I ASK OUR GUYS HOW LONG DO YOU NEED TO DO IT.
HOW LONG DO YOU NEED TO DO IT. THIS IS WHERE YOU GOT TO TELL
THIS IS WHERE YOU GOT TO TELL THEM, YOU GOT TWO AND A HALF
THEM, YOU GOT TWO AND A HALF WEEKS.
WEEKS. YOU GOT THREE WEEKS.
YOU GOT THREE WEEKS. EVERY SINGLE GOVERNOR KNOWS
EVERY SINGLE GOVERNOR KNOWS EXACTLY WHEN HIS PEAK IS, AND IF
EXACTLY WHEN HIS PEAK IS, AND IF WE CAN’T GET THESE PROJECTS
WE CAN’T GET THESE PROJECTS COMPLETED, THEN WE’VE MISSED
COMPLETED, THEN WE’VE MISSED THIS VERY, VERY VALUABLE WINDOW,
THIS VERY, VERY VALUABLE WINDOW, TO BE ABLE TO STEP UP AND TO BE
TO BE ABLE TO STEP UP AND TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT
ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT SHORTAGE.
SHORTAGE. >> IF YOU HAD, AND I KNOW EVERY
>> IF YOU HAD, AND I KNOW EVERY SITUATION IS A LITTLE BIT
SITUATION IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
DIFFERENT, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT STANDARDIZED FACILITIES, IF YOU
STANDARDIZED FACILITIES, IF YOU HAD SAY A COLLEGE DORM TYPE
HAD SAY A COLLEGE DORM TYPE FACILITY, AND YOU WERE GOING TO
FACILITY, AND YOU WERE GOING TO TRY TO TURN THOSE INTO COVID-19
TRY TO TURN THOSE INTO COVID-19 BEDS IN THE COLLEGE DORM, WHAT
BEDS IN THE COLLEGE DORM, WHAT KIND OF TIME FRAME, WHAT RANGE
KIND OF TIME FRAME, WHAT RANGE OF TIME WOULD YOU NEED WITH THE
OF TIME WOULD YOU NEED WITH THE ARMY CORPS, IN TERMS OF THE
ARMY CORPS, IN TERMS OF THE CONTRACTS YOU’RE DOING TO GET
CONTRACTS YOU’RE DOING TO GET THAT UP AND RUNNING FROM THE
THAT UP AND RUNNING FROM THE FIRST DAY YOU WERE CALLED UNTIL
FIRST DAY YOU WERE CALLED UNTIL THEY WERE ACTUALLY ADMITTING
THEY WERE ACTUALLY ADMITTING PATIENTS.
PATIENTS. >> THAT’S THE GREAT THING ABOUT
>> THAT’S THE GREAT THING ABOUT GOING INTO AN EXISTING FACILITY
GOING INTO AN EXISTING FACILITY THAT IS ALREADY OPERATIONAL.
THAT IS ALREADY OPERATIONAL. AND SO THEY ARE ALL TO CODE.
AND SO THEY ARE ALL TO CODE. YOU DO A COUPLE OF CONVERSIONS,
YOU DO A COUPLE OF CONVERSIONS, I TALKED ON THE CLIP ABOUT THE
I TALKED ON THE CLIP ABOUT THE PRESSURE PIECE, YOU DO NEED TO
PRESSURE PIECE, YOU DO NEED TO PUT SOME OTHER MODIFICATIONS
PUT SOME OTHER MODIFICATIONS BACK IN, AND THE OTHER THING IS,
BACK IN, AND THE OTHER THING IS, DON’T FORGET, THESE COLLEGE
DON’T FORGET, THESE COLLEGE DORMS ARE RELATIVELY EMPTY.
DORMS ARE RELATIVELY EMPTY. AND THESE HOTELS ARE RELATIVELY
AND THESE HOTELS ARE RELATIVELY EMPTY.
EMPTY. AND YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID IT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.
SAID IT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. HE SAID THIS IS THE TIME WHEN WE
HE SAID THIS IS THE TIME WHEN WE NEED THE ENTIRE NATION TO RALLY
NEED THE ENTIRE NATION TO RALLY TO STEP UP.
TO STEP UP. AND WE’RE SEEING IT.
AND WE’RE SEEING IT. WE’RE SEEING CONTRACTORS CALLING
WE’RE SEEING CONTRACTORS CALLING US AND SAYING WHAT CAN WE DO TO
US AND SAYING WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP.
HELP. THE HOTEL INDUSTRY, IS CALLING
THE HOTEL INDUSTRY, IS CALLING US, SAYING, I’M WILLING TO GIVE
US, SAYING, I’M WILLING TO GIVE YOU SOME OF OUR HOTELS, HOW CAN
YOU SOME OF OUR HOTELS, HOW CAN WE WORK THAT, WORKING WITH FEMA,
WE WORK THAT, WORKING WITH FEMA, WHERE WE HAVE PROVIDED A KIND OF
WHERE WE HAVE PROVIDED A KIND OF A STANDARD LEASE, WE WILL GO
A STANDARD LEASE, WE WILL GO GIVE IT TO THE STATE AND SAY
GIVE IT TO THE STATE AND SAY HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A LOCAL HOTEL.
LOCAL HOTEL. WE HAVE STANDARD DESIGNS BUT THE
WE HAVE STANDARD DESIGNS BUT THE UNIQUE THING IS WE HAVE TO SITE
UNIQUE THING IS WE HAVE TO SITE ADAPT THESE, AND IN THE CORPS,
ADAPT THESE, AND IN THE CORPS, WE DELEGATE THIS DOWN TO THE
WE DELEGATE THIS DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL, TO OUR COLONELS
LOWEST LEVEL, TO OUR COLONELS AND SENIOR CIVILIANS CAN SITE
AND SENIOR CIVILIANS CAN SITE ADAPT AND PUT IT ON THE GROUND
ADAPT AND PUT IT ON THE GROUND AND EVEN TO THE POINT YOU DON’T
AND EVEN TO THE POINT YOU DON’T NEED THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WE
NEED THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WE CAN GIVE OUR DESIGNS TO ANY
CAN GIVE OUR DESIGNS TO ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND
STATE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THEY CAN GO TO THEIR CONTRACTORS
THEY CAN GO TO THEIR CONTRACTORS AND GET SOME, THEY GOT TO DO
AND GET SOME, THEY GOT TO DO PAPERWORK WITH FEMA ON IT BUT
PAPERWORK WITH FEMA ON IT BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE DON’T
THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO DO ALL OF THIS,
HAVE TIME TO DO ALL OF THIS, WITH A VERY, VEF STRICT
WITH A VERY, VEF STRICT GOVERNANCE, WE’VE GOT TO BE ABLE
GOVERNANCE, WE’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO TRUST OUR ENGINEERS AND BE
TO TRUST OUR ENGINEERS AND BE VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVE TO TRY TO
VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVE TO TRY TO FIND WAYS THAT YOU CAN TAKE
FIND WAYS THAT YOU CAN TAKE FACILITIES THAT ARE PRETTY
FACILITIES THAT ARE PRETTY CLOSE, AND THEN MODIFY THEM
CLOSE, AND THEN MODIFY THEM ACCORDINGLY.
ACCORDINGLY. >> LET ME JUST ASK YOU ONE VERY
>> LET ME JUST ASK YOU ONE VERY PRACTICAL QUESTION AND THIS IS A
PRACTICAL QUESTION AND THIS IS A WEIRD THING TO SORT OF LITIGATE
WEIRD THING TO SORT OF LITIGATE ON NATIONAL TV, BUT I KNOW FROM
ON NATIONAL TV, BUT I KNOW FROM THE FEEDBACK WE GET FROM OUR
THE FEEDBACK WE GET FROM OUR AUDIENCE EVERY NIGHT THAT SOME
AUDIENCE EVERY NIGHT THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE I’M ABOUT TO
OF THE PEOPLE I’M ABOUT TO DESCRIBE ARE WATCHING HERE.
DESCRIBE ARE WATCHING HERE. IF THERE ARE LOCAL OFFICIALS, IF
IF THERE ARE LOCAL OFFICIALS, IF THERE ARE BIG CITY GOVERNORS, OR
THERE ARE BIG CITY GOVERNORS, OR IF THERE ARE COUNTY EXECUTIVES
IF THERE ARE COUNTY EXECUTIVES OR EVEN STATE OFFICIALS RIGHT
OR EVEN STATE OFFICIALS RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT
NOW, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR STATE,
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR STATE, WHO ARE SEEING THE NUMBERS RISE,
WHO ARE SEEING THE NUMBERS RISE, WHO BELIEVE THAT A LOCAL DISUSED
WHO BELIEVE THAT A LOCAL DISUSED CON VENT, OR A LOCAL COLLEGE
CON VENT, OR A LOCAL COLLEGE DORM, OR A LOCAL HOTEL THAT
DORM, OR A LOCAL HOTEL THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE PURCHASED
MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE PURCHASED PUBLICLY NEEDS TO BE THE KIND OF
PUBLICLY NEEDS TO BE THE KIND OF FACILITY THAT YOU’RE DESCRIBING,
FACILITY THAT YOU’RE DESCRIBING, WHAT’S THE CHAIN OF COMMAND THAT
WHAT’S THE CHAIN OF COMMAND THAT THEY NEED TO ACTIVATE IN ORDER
THEY NEED TO ACTIVATE IN ORDER TO GET THE ARMY CORPS OF
TO GET THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ON-SITE LOCALLY DOING
ENGINEERS ON-SITE LOCALLY DOING THAT WORK SOON?
THAT WORK SOON? >> VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS SAID
>> VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS SAID THIS VERY BRIEFLY AND WE’RE
THIS VERY BRIEFLY AND WE’RE GOING TO USE NORMAL FEMA
GOING TO USE NORMAL FEMA PROCESSES, SO THEY’VE GOT TO
PROCESSES, SO THEY’VE GOT TO NOMINATE THOSE FACILITIES, BACK
NOMINATE THOSE FACILITIES, BACK INTO THEIR STATES, OUR ENGINEERS
INTO THEIR STATES, OUR ENGINEERS ARE IMBEDDED IN EACH OF THE
ARE IMBEDDED IN EACH OF THE STATES, THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
STATES, THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES, AND THEN THE
CAPABILITIES, AND THEN THE GOVERNOR GIVES US A LIST.
GOVERNOR GIVES US A LIST. WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT THOSE
WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT THOSE SITES.
SITES. THAT’S A GOVERNOR’S CALL TO
THAT’S A GOVERNOR’S CALL TO FIGURE THOSE SITES OUT AND THEN
FIGURE THOSE SITES OUT AND THEN ONCE THOSE CALLS COME BACK IN,
ONCE THOSE CALLS COME BACK IN, WE’RE ABLE TO DO IT.
WE’RE ABLE TO DO IT. THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS STADIUM IS
THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS STADIUM IS THE NEXT BIG ONE WE’RE LOOKING
THE NEXT BIG ONE WE’RE LOOKING TO DESIGN.
TO DESIGN. TO BE ABLE TO PUT HOSPITALS BACK
TO BE ABLE TO PUT HOSPITALS BACK IN THERE AROUND THE UNDERNEATH
IN THERE AROUND THE UNDERNEATH PART OF THE STADIUM.
PART OF THE STADIUM. CALL YOUR STATE AND GET IT ON
CALL YOUR STATE AND GET IT ON THE LIST AND OUR ENGINEERS WILL
THE LIST AND OUR ENGINEERS WILL PULL THAT OFF.
PULL THAT OFF. WE WILL ADVISE THE STATE, HERE
WE WILL ADVISE THE STATE, HERE IS, ONE IT CAN BE COVID-19, CAN
IS, ONE IT CAN BE COVID-19, CAN IT BE NON-COVID AND UP THROUGH
IT BE NON-COVID AND UP THROUGH FEMA AND HOPEFULLY GET APPROVED
FEMA AND HOPEFULLY GET APPROVED AND COME BACK DOWN TO US AND
AND COME BACK DOWN TO US AND EITHER THE STATE CAN BUILD IT OR
EITHER THE STATE CAN BUILD IT OR WE CAN BUILD IT.
WE CAN BUILD IT. >> THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING ABOUT
>> THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING ABOUT THIS WITH SUCH CLARITY.
THIS WITH SUCH CLARITY. THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING AND
THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING AND MOVING QUICKLY.
MOVING QUICKLY. IT INSPIRES CONFIDENCE, SIR.
IT INSPIRES CONFIDENCE, SIR. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WORK.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WORK. >> WELL YOU GOT TO COME OUT AND
>> WELL YOU GOT TO COME OUT AND SEE WHAT THE TEAMS ARE DOING.
SEE WHAT THE TEAMS ARE DOING. AND THAT’S THE BIG THING, THIS
AND THAT’S THE BIG THING, THIS IS NOT THE ARMY CORPS OF
IS NOT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
ENGINEERS. THIS IS FEMA.
THIS IS FEMA. THIS IS HHS.
THIS IS HHS. THIS IS STATE.
THIS IS STATE. I WAS WITH THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK
I WAS WITH THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO,
CITY, AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO, THIS IS LEADERSHIP GETTING
THIS IS LEADERSHIP GETTING INVOLVED.
INVOLVED. BY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT DON’T
BY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT DON’T WAIT TO ASK, DON’T TRY TO WAIT
WAIT TO ASK, DON’T TRY TO WAIT UNTIL THE PHONE RINGS.
UNTIL THE PHONE RINGS. GET AHEAD OF IT, AND PREDICT
GET AHEAD OF IT, AND PREDICT WHAT’S GOING TO GO WRONG AND
WHAT’S GOING TO GO WRONG AND HAVE THE GOOD ENOUGH SOLUTION ON

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