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Storms of recent times

I would like to share my thoughts on the hurricane Sandy and it’s aftermath concerning where we were preparedness wise before and after.  First, some recent storm history.

Katrina was a devastating storm as it left more destruction in it’s wake than we thought.  Most of the levy’s were breached, there was massive flooding, many were evacuated and those that stayed had to be rescued by responders that risked their own life to save another.  Fema responded slowly at best, the highways were blocked with vehicles that were out of fuel and people died stranded in hospitals.  It was the costliest to hit the United States, and the third deadliest, with an estimated 1,500 deaths directly attributed to the storm.  Katrina first hit Florida August 25, 2005  as a Category 1 storm, strengthened to a Category 5 from a Category 3 in just 12 hours over the Gulf of Mexico, then hit the Gulf coast August 29 as a weaker but dangerous Category 3.  Stats below reported by The Weather Channel:

Damage: $81 billion total; $40.6 billion in insured losses

Deaths (direct and indirect: 1,833 total; 1,577 in Louisiana, 238 in Mississippi, 14 in Florida, two in Georgia, two in Alabama

Winds: Maximum winds extended to a 25-30 mile radius; hurricane force winds extended 75 miles east of the center (on August 29)

Storm Surge Western Mississippi: 24-28 feet in a 20-mile wide swath centered on St. Louis Bay Eastern Mississippi: 17-22 feet

That was Katrina……  now Irene….     August 27,2011

Irene was the first hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Ike struck Texas in September 2008.

Irene was the first storm to threaten the New York City area since Hurricane Gloria in September 1985.  On Saturday, August 27,  2011 Irene’s hurricane force winds extended outward up to 90 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 290 miles.  Irene was similar in size to Hurricane Katrina nearly six years ago to the date. Katrina’s hurricane force winds extended outward about 104 miles with tropical storm force winds felt outward 230 miles.  River flooding records were broken in 26 rivers. New Jersey (8), New York (14), Vermont (4).  At least 40 people have died as a result of the storm.    About 3.5 million customers were without power .

 And now Sandy………  probably the most devastating storm to hit the east coast of the U.S. in recent history with storm surges recorded of almost 40 feet!  Over 80 died in the Caribbean and close to 40 on the coast.  This storm wiped out many miles of the eastern coastline with billions in damage, millions still without power not to mention the million of people that are without homes and shelter.  FEMA and the Red Cross are slow to react.

It is unthinkable to many that Mayor Bloomburg would go forward in hosting the NYC Marathon and wasting valuable emergency resources like generators, food, water, portable latrines as well as tying up emergency services such as ambulances, fire equipment, and personnel.  But that was exactly his intent, before the outrage and the backlash brought on by folks with common sense.  So here we are……the point of this blog being that when it comes down to survival in the worst conditions, we have to count on ourselves to be prepared.  Emergency personnel and the government can only do so much and resources will never be there to aid all in need.  I read that FEMA is running out of money and considering the deficit and bad financial condition this country is in, we will be in very bad shape when the next storm hits.

Please folks, I cannot emphasize enough…. prepare for the worse because it will get worse.  Don’t count on the Government to come and help because even if they do…..it may be far too late.


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