Thursday, August 20, 2009

Preparing For A Hurricane Topic On Paltalk

Biloxi after Katrina

Atlantic coastal residents are monitoring the strengthening of Hurricane Bill, a signal that hurricane season is beginning to heat up after a slow start.

Joining us on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time on Thursday to discuss hurricanes and how to survive them will be Robert Abrams, emergency preparedness expert and author of Watered-Down Truth: A Flood of Lies That Was More Deadly than Hurricane Katrina.

Abrams has been touring the country evaluating cities’ emergency preparedness protocols and consulting with local leaders on how to save lives should another natural disaster occur. During his national tour, Abrams has noticed that public and private sectors in most cities are still not communicating properly and utilizing their resources. According to Abrams, in a case like Katrina, individuals should know the role of their local government and be prepared to take personal responsibility in their home or business.

During his tours, Abrams, with the help of local disaster relief officials, gives the following tips:

Know the role of your local government – Are there emergency services in place should a disaster occur? Where is their central “Command and Control” located?

Your plan must be flexible – Based on conditions should you shelter-in-place or evacuate?

Have multiple evacuation plans – Based on traffic and road closures, do you have multiple exit strategies?

Have supplies ready – Do you have adequate supplies and equipment to shelter-in-place? What supplies do you need?

Educate with others – Is everyone (family, staff, etc.) properly briefed and prepared? Have you conducted Emergency Drills?

According to Abrams, “The most vulnerable in a natural disaster are health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes. We saw too many elderly die during Katrina, and it could have been prevented had cities prepared for the worst.”


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Anonymous said...

I was in hurricane Iwa in Hawaii 1982 ! No ecavuation possible. Put tape on the windows, pull all the furniture to the middle of the room, don't go outside unless you weigh at least 200 lbs........wish you were back home in a snow storm instead!!!

Joann Brady

Anonymous said...

I've been in several hurricanes (having lived on the east coast and the gulf). The biggest was Hugo. During that one, it was myself, four kids, and two excited dogs (I was married to a Navy man and they take the ships out during a hurricane so the wives batten down the hatches!)

When hugo hit, there was myself, four kids, 2 dogs, a pregnant woman, and her two small children, all in a walk-in closet.

Tip: If its possible to get out- do so. But go AWAY from the hurricane's path (go to higher ground or deeper inside land).

Tip: Have "go bags" ready if you live in a hurricane zone. Make sure you have written down your medications as well. Go bags are even handy if you're stuck and cant evac.

Tip: give your pet (dog, cat) a low-dose vet prescribed medication to keep them calm.

Tip: have clorine bleach on hand and bottles of water filled up before the hurricane hits; fill up tubs and sinks

Tip: Board up if possible. If not possible, use heavy masking tape, making an X across the windows; crack the windows slightly to relieve air pressure.

Tip: Turn your fridge and freezer up as high as possible 12 hours before the hurricane hits and open as little as possible.

Tip: remove paintings and brick a brack from walls and off of ledges. Set them on the floor away from where people will walk or store them in a closet.

Gee, I could go on and on...

-LD McLellan

Gary Baumgarten said...

I hope you'll join us with our insight during the show LD!

Anonymous said...

Well I tried to lol. I did speak to the issue afterwards.

One of the things that I mentioned was that there was plenty of notice to leave. Of course, some people got upset "what about the people who were stranded?"

Let me say that the MAJORITY of those who were "stranded" were not there because they had no transportation out. According to FEMA's records, as well as that of various insurers and county records, the majority of the "stranded" had insured cars. I would call that transportation, wouldn't you?

The exceptions were the responsibility of the Mayor. A fleet of school buses was underwater, instead of being pressed into service.

I heard from a lady who has relocated here in Texas who said she didn't have a car ("We are dirt poor" she told me.) She had three small children.

What did she do? She grabbed a large tote, stuffed what she needed for her kids (formula, cereal, snacks, water and diapers) into the sack and "started walking." She said it wasn't but a couple of miles when someone asked her if they needed a ride.

She says that she saw many who hitched out who didn't have cars.

Others said there was "no place to go." The DFW area of Texas (where I live) and other places in East Tx (Greenville, etc.) were awaiting evacuees. A friend in Meridian MS (only a couple hours away) said their churches, civic center, and other shelters had ADVERTISED for several days in the New Orleans area, letting people know there was a place to go FOR FREE.

There were MANY places an hour or two inland where people couldve gone. But these places were not going to go GET you. Nor could they.

I am not saying ALL people could've gotten out. But whatever happened to American ingenuity and self-reliance?

The story of Katrina reminds me of the man who was in a massive flood and took to the roof of his house for safety.

He started praying: "Oh God, help me out of this mess!"

Pretty soon a helicopter comes by. "Hey fella, we have a lifeline for ya, grab ahold" said the pilot.

"No thanks" the man said, "I'm waiting on God!"

A little while later, a man goes by in a motor boat. "Get on in," the boatman said.

"No thanks," said the man. "i'm waiting on God!"

Pretty soon the water overtakes the house and the man drowns. When he reaches heaven, he stands before God.

"What happened, God??" the man complained. "I waited for you to rescue me!"

God shakes his head and says: "Dummy- I sent a helicopter and a boat!"

-LD McLellan

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