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Emergency Preparedness / Lessons learned form a Superstorm

Emergency Preparedness / Lessons learned form a Superstorm

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Published on Nov 17, 2012
Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy. A little storm history and a few things I learned about prepping, during and after the hurricane.

Q. Would you be prepared if any 3 or 4 of these things happened. (It made me think about my state of preparedness) Since they all happened at once.

1 Neighborhoods were completely homeless.
2 People had no place to go.
3 People had no power.
4 Many vehicles were under water.
5 People were waiting in gas lines only to find gas rationing at the stations.
6 Relief help was nonexistent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency promised to get to victims as soon as possible. The Red Cross was delayed in giving help.
7 People were caught without shoes and had very little warm clothing.
8 Older people trapped in high-rise apartments with no power in the dark could not leave because of electrical wires broken and the threat of electrocution.
9 Subways, buses and public transportation were all shut down.
10 People were walking to get food and supplies.
11 Some had no cash and could not use their credit cards.
12 There was no potable drinking water, because it was contaminated.
13 There was a shortage of food in the grocery stores.
14 People with food stamp cards could not use them because the grocery stores were accepting only cash due to the lack of power to run the cash registers.
15 People were afraid of looters, so some stayed behind to protect their property.
16 Some people watched helplessly as their neighbors were killed or drowned.
17 Many people had to be rescued from their homes.
18 There was only spotty cellphone service and nowhere to charge the cellphones.
19 Some people were told that they could not return to their homes because of the extensive damage and contamination.
20 People who did return reported that the water had ruined everything. Some people's belongings had been looted. Crime was overwhelming and no help came.
21 Insurance companies were overwhelmed.
22 People's work schedules were completely disrupted. Even getting to work was a huge problem.
23 Many pets were lost, displaced, roaming free or killed.

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