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Posted 09 September 2017 - 04:42 AM

Florida preparedness 

 

In contrast with Texas, Florida is massively prepared for hurricanes, with strict building codes, emergency management procedures, and comprehensive procedures to rapidly restore electric power.

 

That said, this is the biggest and baddest landfall strike in the U.S. in a long time.  Irma is worse than Andrew (1992) and Wilma (2005), which were also Cat 5; Irma has a large horizontal extent, which means larger swath of hurricane force winds, bigger storm surge, more rainfall and tornadoes.

 

Lets see how it plays out, but I anticipate that this will go much better than Hurricane Harvey and Houston.

 

I’ve been talking with Floridians that remember Andrew (1992).  I reminded them how MUCH better the forecast information is now, relative to 1992.

 

Apart from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are also facing impacts from Irma.  Atlanta could see hurricane force winds!  From a massive storm like this, there will be perhaps a hundred tornadoes generated inland, mostly in the right forward quadrant of the storm. 

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:45 AM

Survival SW Florida interior 

 

Maybe a third of the regular residents were home on Day #1 – a few more showed up today (Day #2)…. and based on south-bound traffic observed, a whole bunch more are in in route tonight.

 

They ain’t going to like what awaits. 

 

Yes, we found fuel – it took driving past 47 empty gas stations to find one open with fuel.   More than 100 cars (easily) were around the block for this station at 8am.  We dispatched a volunteer to wait in line, and went about doing what we could w/out fuel, SCOUT.  Three hours later 40 ten gal cans caught up with us.  Oh, and another station opened around noon. 

 

Tonight the police were not only escorting gas, but local police were guarding the gas stations upon arrival (saw it first hand).  Somehow fuel has reached such a valued commodity that even the rumor of a delivery sends the fuel starved swarm into a frenzy.  Controlling that swarm is now added duty of police.  At approximately the same time as a 3,000 gallon tanker driver removes his hose from the ground intake, the tanks he just filled run dry.  You’ve just got to see fuel piranhas in action, to believe it. 

 

Grown women driving SUV’s, whip out 2 jerry cans and are more than willing to throw down the Mad Max gauntlet if that’s what it takes to keep their babies formula cold. There ain’t no class society structure here.  It’s beyond Thunderdome.  Hence the police directing pump flow, and trying to stave off the tired, desperate guy with a shotgun, running on fumes, who has had enough of waiting eight hours for a possible chance at gas pump lotto.  

  

 

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:52 AM

Thunder-buckets of gratitude.

 

Crews were part of an army of 60,000 utility workers who mobilized to assist with restoration and recovery efforts. This was the largest power restoration effort in U.S. history.

 

At Irma’s peak on Sept. 11, 2017 there were more than 7.8 million Floridians experiencing a disruption in electric service. With the help of mutual assistance, more than 97 percent of impacted residents have had service restored.  

 

There is no way to adequately outline the dedication we have witnessed in the impact zone from these incredible men and women and their traveling support groups.  Unless you actually witness them in action it’s indescribable.  Working 24/7 for two straight weeks, through intense blistering heat, through storms and sheet-rain, through the darkest nights, these crews were jaw-droppingly dedicated to the recovery effort; and this was no-where near home for them. 
 
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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

It's a great thing that Barack Obama so reformed FEMA and its role in the states' preparedness after the disaster of Katrina.  Reserve a bucket of gratitude for him too.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:40 PM

Where was Greenpeace during the recent hurricanes?

 

I went to the American Greenpeace web page to find out what they were doing to assist people afflicted by the recent hurricanes. Their US web site says nothing about help. I thought a tag that read “What We’re Doing” would list places where you could donate, plans to send supplies and other rescue efforts. All it did was list six things such as “Fighting Global Warming” and “Saving the Arctic.” 

 

The web site expects you to send them money for doing nothing to help the people affected. Instead, they point fingers from their urban armchairs at the energy companies that provided the fuel for the people to head down the highway away from danger. While real, employed, hard-working people were doing remarkable things to save lives and help others, Greenpeace asked for money to undermine their economy and further destroy their lives. 

 

In 1786 Thomas Jefferson expressed the difference between primary producers and the urban dweller.

 

“An industrious farmer occupies a more dignified place in the scale of beings, whether moral or political, than a lazy lounger, valuing himself or his family, too proud to work, and drawing out a miserable existence by eating on that surplus of other men’s labor which is the sacred fund of the helpless poor.” 

 

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:28 AM

Puerto Rico was a disaster long before Maria ravaged the island 

 

Puerto Rico was a catastrophe of corruption, mismanagement, incompetence and ignorance long before the added misery wrought by Hurricane Maria, which exposed to the world what was there to be seen all along: an island ill-prepared for a sunny day, much less a stormy one. 

 

In May 2016, just more than a year before Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Atlantic published an article alleging that even without damages caused by hurricanes or storms Puerto Rico was heading for crisis with a huge human toll of man-made causes. Reporter Vann Newkirk cited the electric grid on the brink of collapse and schools with dangerous wiring and unstable construction. He also wrote about the island’s public health and its inferior healthcare facilities, noting that San Juan’s Centro Medico Hospital had to delay payments on debt to provide basic healthcare to patients. The medical director was quoted as saying, “We are hanging by a thread.”

 

It is important to understand that Puerto Rico was destined for humanitarian crisis and was in crisis long before Hurricane Maria. It was only a matter of time before it became evident to the mainland of the United States and the world. The Obama administration had years, but it let Puerto Rico slip into decay and put the people residing there at grave risk. Now, people are pointing fingers at the Trump administration that somehow the president is to blame for the harm that has come to Puerto Rico, when it is really years of neglect and incompetence by the federal government as well as local officials. 

 

  http://thehill.com/o...aged-the-island

 


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 03:33 PM

"Now, people are pointing fingers at the Trump administration that somehow the president is to blame for the harm that has come to Puerto Rico, when it is really years of neglect and incompetence by the federal government as well as local officials."

 

No, no, no, people are pointing  figures at the Trump administration because he IS TO BLAME FOR ANY HARM that comes to Puerto Rico from day-one of Maria forward.  Doesn't matter who caused the troubles there, local mismanagement, Bush/Obama complacency, greedy NY bankers (apparently they did not do due diligence so...win some, lose some), Maria (that is to say, God), as President of the United States and all of its territories, like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it is Trump's job and his sworn duty to fix this.  That he is apparently ignorant (just learned Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by "big water...big ocean water'), uninterested (what course is he teeing off on today?) and incompetent (here, catch, paper towels to mob up the flood waters and hurricane slime) is well worth all of the finger pointing he gets and deserves.

 

It is time everyone recognize this is Trump's Katrina.  FEMA is not at bad as it was in New Orleans (thanks to the Obama reforms) but it's a disaster, as Trump so often liked to say on the campaign trail, and now is has become his disaster and his alone.


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 09:17 AM

Puerto Rico was a disaster long before Maria ravaged the island 

 

 

 

FBI Begins Investigating Corrupt Municipal Mayors Withholding FEMA Aid in Puerto Rico… 

 

Many of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipal authorities control their regions in a similar fashion to mafioso families.  There is a tremendous amount of corruption within the ranks of “Mayors” on the island.  The entire system of governance is similar to third-world overlords.

 

This report on FEMA aid being corrupted by these same officials does not come as a surprise; indeed, unfortunately, it is the norm – not the exception. 

 

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