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Out of the Blue

Well now that things are getting back to normal here, it's clearer to us just how badly the superstorm impacted other nearby areas as this has left a lot of families without homes, much less electricity, with wintery temperatures on the way to exacerbate things. As is often the case, seeing the power of the forces of nature can be a humbling reminder of how much of the idea that mankind has mastered our environment is an illusion.

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2012, 22:06 Rigs
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 21:37:
Perhaps a nice thought, but a thought that has neither foot in reality. We need trillions, yes trillions with a 't', of dollars to repair or replace existing infrastructure. That's prior to building additional flood control systems for coastal areas. As far as an early warning and detection network goes, we had plenty of warning.

And how about some personal responsibility? Part of the problem was people ignoring mandatory evacuation notices. If my neighborhood was in danger of getting wiped off the map, assuming I get a 7 day warning, I could and probably would be 500 miles away in an extended stay hotel by the time the storm hit.

People didn't evacuate because they watched the news and the news told them that this storm was only a minor Cat 1 hurricane (if that) and according to that, they'd only get some rain and a little wind. It told them nothing of the storm surge, nor were officials able to convince them otherwise. When people see a speeding train coming for their car, they get out of the car. They needed to know that this storm wasn't a little rain shower but a speeding train.

Yes, it was forecast and early warning was given, but not to the right area and not fast enough. I'm not talking, 'Oh, look it might hit the mid-atlantic', I'm talking, 'As the storm makes it's way inland on the southern Atlantic coast of NJ, winds and storm surge are going to impact Staten Island and southern Manhattan. Staten Island will be the hardest hit as it sits exposed to the most powerful part of the storm'...that's what I mean by early warning. You think then people would think twice about staying?

Will it need trillions? Then so be it. Pull it from foreign aid! Get it from the international community. We've helped them, now they help us! Do what is necessary and it can become reality. The only reason it isn't is because you think it shouldn't (not 'you' but people in general)...


This comment was edited on Nov 4, 2012, 22:22.
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