You do what you gotta do.
Reporters on the ground in Southwest Florida are really going through it.
On Wednesday, before Hurricane Ian made landfall, these intrepid folks were battling the elements while trying to keep everyone informed.
Beside protecting themselves with slickers and rainboots, one NBC 2 reporter, Kyla Galer, stood out for the, um, unusual, way she protects her gear.
After a few viewers noticed something odd about her microphone, Fort Myers ABC 7 anchor Jeff Butera screenshotted a picture, saying that placing a condom over a microphone is common practice for reporters on the soaking wet ground.
“We practice safe hurricane reporting,” tweeted Galer’s Waterman Broadcasting colleague. “Yes, it’s a condom. Nothing better to waterproof a microphone.”
** WE PRACTICE SAFE HURRICANE REPORTING **
Yes, it's a condom.
Nothing better to waterproof a microphone.
My Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding lots of questions, haha.
Moment of levity in this nasty storm... #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/hdyiXdhZIL
— Jeff Butera (@ABC7Jeff) September 28, 2022
Galer also chimed in on her own social media, informing viewers that their eyes were not deceiving them
“A lot of people are asking what is on my microphone. It is what you think it is,” Galer wrote on her Instagram stories. “It’s a condom. It helps protect the gear. You can’t get these mics wet. There’s a lot of wind and a lot of rain, so we gotta do what we gotta do.”
Galer is now a bonafide Internet sensation, but has not been active on social media to respond.
On her Instagram story Friday morning, she wrote that she was “OK,” still without power or water.”
“I see the condom mic has gone viral,” Galer wrote, adding seriously, “Right now I’m just thinking about this community. Southwest Florida is devastated. I am devastated.”