\u201cWTF? Reporter for @NBC2 in Southwest Florida uses a mic with a condom on it. #Hurricane #hurricaneian\u201d
— Chris Nelson \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\udfdd (@Chris Nelson \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\udfdd)
\u201c@NBCNewsNow really got this woman out here holding a mic wrapped in a condom up to her face\u201d
— Pie Is Better Than Pudding (@Pie Is Better Than Pudding)
Given the attention the added mic accessory received, Galer took to Instagram to explain the reason there was a condom covering her microphone - and it has to do with the conditions she was reporting in.
"A lot of people are asking what is on my microphone,” she said.
“It is what you think it is. 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 and that is put a condom on the microphone."
It appears Galer is not alone in using this unusual mic protection method as her ABC7 colleague Jeff Butera posted a photo of his condom-covered mic.
"WE PRACTICE SAFE HURRICANE REPORTING.”
“Yes, it’s a condom,” he said.
\u201c** WE PRACTICE SAFE HURRICANE REPORTING ** \n\nYes, it's a condom.\nNothing better to waterproof a microphone.\n\nMy Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding lots of questions, haha. \n\nMoment of levity in this nasty storm... \n#HurricaneIan\u201d