|Hurricane Georges: Frischling is under it somewhere|
from NPPA-L 9/27/98:
"On Friday FEMA contacted me and offered to take me along on their releif mission to Florida from Andrews Air Force Base outside of D.C. ( I live by JFK Airport in NY), they changed that to The Gulf area, no problem. Upon arrival at Andrews I am informed that FEMA scrubbed the mission, but The Red Cross will help me out and hook me up...no problem. The Red Cross has always been helpful. As of Saturday morning I was supposed to goto Atlanta with a few staffers (mostly nurses and mental health workers), 20 minutes after that call I was informed that I'd have to drive to Atlanta from DC and meet them (these people were leaving from Dulles Airport, outside DC). and this is how it has gone for three days now.
I have decided that if I have no garuntee way to get what is my intended assignment to head back to NY tomorrow morning. I believe this assignment to no longer be in my best interest for economic and time reasons. I discusses this with two folks before asking it on here because one said departing the assignment is the best way to go, and the other essentially told me "it is unmanly t give up" Am I missing an angle here? 3 days of non-stop conversations with FEMA, The D.O.D., Red Cross and military services where information gets lost and help is always 2 steps away of red tape for me to get to......any suggestions or is going back up to NY making more sense? ....ack..... ( I love/hate this job, such a fine line between love and hate, almost an illusion)"There is no follow up to the list to indicate that he did indeed go anywhere. You have to believe there would be, considering the dramatic scenes he later went on to describe in detail. In the next story, he actually did fly along with the U.S. Air Force to Puerto Rico. However their C5 military transport plane (which weighs 550,000 pounds empty) was apparently blown away by the winds!
from SportsShooter 9/26/02:
"A few years ago ('98?) I flew to Rosie Roads NAS via the good folks at the USAF to photograph preperations for Hurricane George. The flight was fairly simple, 4hr flight there, 4-6hrs on the ground, 4hr flight back (to Dover, DE, AFB). Nice relaxing flight, myself, a CBS twoperson crew, and the PIO. We land, we start to wander around, we go into the villages around the Air Statdion, we come back our C-5 was gone!
All the cargo aircraft were ordered off the ground! Well at least I got some nice photos, and got back to my car in Delaware eventually (no ticket on the windshield :0) )"Three years later, the story has become even more dramatic, and is now a life-and-death situation. This time he had to seek shelter in an aircraft hanger and the roof was ripped right off!
from Digital Wedding Forum 11/9/05:
"I protect my gear no matter where I am, which includes having taken my own gear to not only weddings (for the bride and groom and as a news photog), in hurricanes, blizzards, war zones, dozens of riots, countless baseball and football games (in New England, so lots of sports in down pours, ice storms and blizzards), etc etc etc. ....and a rain storm in Florida is probably a lighter rain than having your own gear in Puerto Rico while covering a hurricane (which ripped the roof off the aircraft hanger I was using for shelter)"Like all these other ridiculous situations he describes, we challenge Frischling to present photographic evidence that it ever occurred. Where are his hurricane photos? He even claims "at least I got some nice photos." Surely he is not so unprofessional that he "lost" all his photos. So where are they? Why are they not on his own website?