Anyone here been in a Hurricane?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Sunni Man, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. Sunni Man
    Offline

    Sunni Man Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    44,092
    Thanks Received:
    6,260
    Trophy Points:
    1,860
    Location:
    Patriotic American Muslim
    Ratings:
    +20,822
    My family and I were in one of large hurricanes that hit Florida several years ago. We slept on the hallway floor of a middle school that was being used as a shelter along with 100's of strangers for one night.

    By noon the next morning the winds had died down enough to leave the shelter and attempt to drive about 3 miles to home. The streets were covered with all kinds of rubble and debris. So I had to drive very slowly and snake my way to avoid the trash. When I got into my neighborhood it was even worse. Large trees everywhere had been uprooted and were laying all over the streets. You had to drive around them thru people's front yards and flower beds to reach home.

    My house was in good shape with almost no damage. There was no electricity and the plumbing didn't work. We just camped out and used the outdoor grill to cook on. I had already stocked a weeks worth of food and water, so we were set. But it got very boring with nothing to do, and being it was summer, we all wanted a shower and the AC working to help sleep at night.

    There was no cell phone service, so I drove all around looking to find a signal and tell my relatives we had survived and everything was good. For 3 days I periodically drove around trying to get a cell signal. I happened to see a guy in the middle of a big field talking on his cell phone. I parked my car and walked around the field hoping to acquire a signal, but got nothing. Frustrated, I approached him and asked how he was able to get a cell signal? He pointed to one spot on the ground and said this was the only place he had found that worked after walking all over the entire field. I stood on that spot and instantly had service to make calls. How the guy found that spot in the middle of that huge field is beyond me?

    The main Interstate had a collapsed bridge, and a lot of the roads leading into the city had been completely washed away. So it took FEMA and the National Guard about 3 days to start to arrive and begin major relief efforts. But when they finally were able to safely navigate their way into the disaster area, there was a steady parade of vehicles.

    There was no rhyme or rhythm to who had their power restored. One side of the street might have power, and the other side of the street, people still had to wait a couple more weeks. I was fortunate and my power returned on day 5

    It had been a week and my food and water supplies were getting low. I started driving around and was able to locate a FEMA aid relief station. They loaded my car up with MRE's (meals ready to eat) and cases of bottled water. Which we lived on for about a week until the local stores opened back up with stocked shelves.

    By now my car was getting low on gas and the fuel gauge showed less the 1/4 of a tank. I found a small gas station that had cars filling their tanks, so I took a place in line. After about and hour I was the next car in line to use the pump went the gasoline storage went dry. And the station said, "sorry folks, it's empty". Grrrr!!!

    On the way home, I happen to notice several National Guard trucks and a large diesel generator parked next to the gas pumps at the local Wal-Mart parking lot. Working on a hunch, I got up at sunrise to be the first one in line. When I arrived, I was like car number 50. Apparently a lot of people had the same idea as me. Within an hour there was at least a couple of hundred cars in line behind me. It was really hot setting out in the Florida summer sun. The NG personal were able to hook up the generator, get the pumps working, and I was able to fill up my cars gas tank by around noon.

    After a couple of weeks things were back to normal for me and my family. But many people had houses with roofs torn off and totally destroyed by water damage. FEMA provided them with small temporary trailers as available. Eventually, temporary trailer parks were opened throughout the city, and thousands of people stayed in them rent free up to 18 months.

    People who have never been in a hurricane and endured the aftermath, have no idea how much effort it takes government relief agencies to respond to such a monumental natural disaster.

    As for me, I thought FEMA and the National Guard did an outstanding job. Although you would never know it listening to the media pontificating nothing but negativity from their cloistered armchair coverage of the event. ..... :cool:
     
    • Winner Winner x 8
    • Informative Informative x 4
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 3
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2017
  2. Crackerjack
    Offline

    Crackerjack Too sick for a cure

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    4,590
    Thanks Received:
    801
    Trophy Points:
    190
    Location:
    Somalia
    Ratings:
    +1,043
    Survived Rita, Ike, and Harvey. The National Guard was marginally helpful, the American Red Cross was AWOL, and local and regional voluntary organizations and business did essentially all the heavy lifting until the government ran them off.

    By the way, if you give money to the ARC, please just take that money and flush it down the toilet next time. It'll do about as much good for the people who actually need it.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. skye
    Offline

    skye Platinum Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2012
    Messages:
    22,146
    Thanks Received:
    10,243
    Trophy Points:
    970
    Ratings:
    +26,879
    I've never been in a hurricane...or a cyclone....or any of those airy catastrophes.

    But I've been in earthquakes.

    Quite horrible!:ack-1:
     
    • Informative Informative x 2
  4. Sunni Man
    Offline

    Sunni Man Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    44,092
    Thanks Received:
    6,260
    Trophy Points:
    1,860
    Location:
    Patriotic American Muslim
    Ratings:
    +20,822
    People today live with a microwave mentality.

    They expect government relief agencies to respond instantly and fix their problems now.

    I think fast food places like McDonalds has warped people's perspective about how long things like restoring electric power really takes in disaster situations. .... :cool:
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. Pogo
    Offline

    Pogo Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2012
    Messages:
    78,034
    Thanks Received:
    12,386
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    Carolinia Agresticia; the Forest Primeval
    Ratings:
    +36,717
    This is one of my Katrina pics (they're in my gallery)

    [​IMG]
    That however is about five weeks after the storm, the first day people were allowed back in (early October, twelve years ago next week). This street also took about eight feet of water.

    We had evacuated out to southwestern Mississippi to ride out the storm. That area -- the whole state really -- lost power for days. Eventually some trucks came all the way down from Arkansas, several hours away, to get it back online.

    I had been through lesser storms both there and elsewhere.
     
    • Informative Informative x 2
  6. Ringel05
    Offline

    Ringel05 Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    45,906
    Thanks Received:
    8,940
    Trophy Points:
    2,030
    Location:
    The 505
    Ratings:
    +23,066
    Numerous hurricanes and typhoons, at least one tornado, and multiple earthquakes oh and at least one flood and multiple sand storms.
     
  7. Pogo
    Offline

    Pogo Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2012
    Messages:
    78,034
    Thanks Received:
    12,386
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    Carolinia Agresticia; the Forest Primeval
    Ratings:
    +36,717
    Lotta peeps get soooooo dependent on electricity. Then fall to pieces.

    Me, I like a good power outage. Lets you know what your world would be like without this rampant 24/7 fake daylight. Makes you get creative.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  8. WillHaftawaite
    Offline

    WillHaftawaite Freshman Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    30,806
    Thanks Received:
    7,615
    Trophy Points:
    1,200
    Ratings:
    +35,081
    Helped clean up after Frederick when I was stationed in Gulfport, back in the 1980s
     
  9. Crackerjack
    Offline

    Crackerjack Too sick for a cure

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    4,590
    Thanks Received:
    801
    Trophy Points:
    190
    Location:
    Somalia
    Ratings:
    +1,043
    Some of them are dependent upon it for medical reasons. Those folks I feel bad for, obviously.

    The rest of us ... nah.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  10. Pogo
    Offline

    Pogo Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2012
    Messages:
    78,034
    Thanks Received:
    12,386
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    Carolinia Agresticia; the Forest Primeval
    Ratings:
    +36,717
    Only been in a couple of earthquakes and they were barely noticeable. One in Pennsylvania, the other in South Carolina. Of all places.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1

Share This Page