Hurricane Sandy: History in the Making

By on October 29, 2012

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Commentary:  Hurricane sandy is fast approaching the east coastand even though it hasnt  made landfall yet it is already being estimated that it will cause at minimum 1 billion dollars worth of damage.  Many people have decided not to act on the mandatory evacuation orders given in new york, thinking they will ride it out… After Katrina, I still cant understand how anyone could opt for that.

 

Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse October 29th, 2012 Reader Views: 659 Meteorologists are warning that Hurricane Sandy could potentially be the worst storm to hit the east coast of the United States in 100 years.  Do you remember “the perfect storm” back in 1991?  That storm was so bad that Hollywood made a blockbuster movie starring George Clooney about it.  Well, this storm is going to be much worse. When I first heard about Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t make that much of it.  I figured that the east coast would get some wind and some rain and that they […]

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  1. Cindy

    I live in the area affected by Sandy and this latest snow storm Charlotte. Some of the weather folks offered an opinion that it too was a hurricane and did have a defined eye for a while. We were fortunate to keep power for both of these storms, I work with folks who are not as lucky. Although these are recent, in the past 5 months, a year prior to Sandy we had a freak winter storm Alfred, which hit before leaves fell. This caused a lot of damaged power lines and we were without power for 2 days, my car was under a tree for 5 days. Again, we were lucky, the gas stations in the area were without power and there was not gas, batteries, fresh food to be had for over 30 miles away for we’ll over a week, we had people camping all over in our house. The August before Alfred, we had hurricane Irene and lost power for 7 days.

    So over the course of less than 20 months, this area has had 4 regional weather events.

    I was raised on a rural farm, so being prepared was taught to me as a child and it has come in handy quite a number of times, I was also a Girl Scout and did the camping thing, was on the school rifle team and went hunting with my family. (Times sure have changed…). I went into the military to qualify for scholarship money for college later, so have basic training as well.

    Any significant change in the normal course of your day to day life can flip the switch on you being able to cope, handle stress and reach for plan B, C, etc. Knowing you have an alternative for shelter (including heat in winter), alternative cooking methods, different types of foods available and for long enough, for normal to come back to an acceptable level, will go a long way toward your ability to cope and thrive if there is an adversity. If you do acquire an alternative for any basic necessity, do give it a trial run, so you know how to use it if you need it. Try out that sleeping bag, camp stove, fire starter, freeze dried and even canned foods you are stocking up on.

    Having food storage has come in handy over the years for various reasons; A company I worked for was sold out and they closed our doors. My husband had a heart attack and there were a number of days when he came home that I couldn’t really leave for very extended periods of time. One year we had 2 surgeries on our house and ended up on one income. etc..

    I did get more serious about updating equipment, plans, documents, first aid kits, go bags, storage and organization after Irene, I had become complacent over the years without too many events. This storm also showed that our friends and family in the area were not prepared at all. We supplied various people with some very basic items, can openers, flash lights, candle/fire place lighters, cases of water and in one case food, not to mention shelter to those with out heat. Frightening when you think these are just a handful of people in the area, the odds are pretty good that most people are in the same state of readiness. We han a talk about doing a better job of getting “our house in order” and about discussing with these folks how to better prepare them selves so they won’t become dependent in the next events.

    It seems little by little, they are getting there, both with Sandy and Charlotte the calls were more to make sure folks are all right and not, no power, not heat, no water, no food, no can opener or flash light!

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