Category 4 Hurricanes Are Not Gentle Rains
I’ve been through a natural disaster, Moore Oklahoma 2013. Lots of these people have never been through one and their learning curve will weigh them down. Luckily there were people who had been through the another Moore tornado in 1999, they knew right away what to do, while my husband and I walked around in a state of shock.
Don’t give to Red Cross (you’re donating to government,) they don’t need anymore of our money. Donate to Salvation Army or Samaritans Purse. Samaritan’s Purse was in Moore long after the Red Cross had left helping people rebuild and clean up. Now don’t get me wrong, Red Cross response teams were great, initially. It’s those who come in with FEMA who needed a punch in the mouth. You can’t do anything until you’ve been assigned a FEMA number. Red tape out the rear-end and can’t even get charity from organizations without that FEMA number. Salvation Army is a completely different beast, you don’t need a number for any assistance, they’re wonderful.
I’ve lived in Florida for over 20 years now but not near the coast. We took the eye of Charlie in 2004 and that was absolutely horrific. We were pretty close to the eye with Ian and it was not nearly as bad, but there is still a lot of damage around. I have damage that I can repair, so it’s minor. A house pretty close to me has a tree through the roof.
I feel for the people closer to the coast, there is so much damage and I’m sure lives were lost. Those of us more inland are EXTREMELY lucky this was a turtle storm and not a jackrabbit like Charlie. I was without power for about 18 hours with Ian, but if Ian had the pace of Charlie I might be without a house.
Hurricanes, especially ones of this magnitude, will always cause a hell of a lot of destruction and despair for those impacted. They are terrible every time.
An aside, I haven’t really been out of the house for at least a week - no real need to go out and I didn’t want to participate in the “stocking up” mess. I always have at least 6 months of food and water on hand at all times - I’m lucky I have the space for it. But my kids were out grabbing some things and they saw several fights. A friend of my wife saw a fight over a case of water at the store. That’s very unusual for here. I don’t know if it’s random stuff or if it’s because of all of the out of staters that have moved here recently who were on edge. There is also a theory that the weakening magnetic field of Earth (true) is letting in more galactic cosmic rays (true) which is making people act crazy (maybe). Not sure why I rambled about that...maybe I’m too tired.
Biden’s appearance today was gross.