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[29 Aug 2006|04:30pm]

To: All former Floridians, current Floridians, future Floridians, and/or anyone who knows a Floridian.

We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points:

(1) There is no need to panic.

(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're
new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one."

Based on our experiences, we recommend you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.

STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.

STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this
sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida.

So we'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:

HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:

(1) It is reasonably well-built , and

(2) It is located in Nebraska.

Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area
that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place.

So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. And, at any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss.

SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and -- if it's a major hurricane -- all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and

(1) Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.

(2) Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.

(3) Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is you will have to sell your house to pay for them.

HURRICANE PROOFING Your Property: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc. You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.

EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license -- if it says "Florida", you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.

HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. But don't buy them now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, and only then do you go to the supermarket so you can join in vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of Spam.

In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:

(1) 23 flashlights.

(2) At least $167 worth of batteries (which will turn out, when the
power goes out, to be the wrong size for the flashlights).

(3) Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for. But it's traditional, so GET some!)

(4) A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.

(5) A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless
in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)

(6) A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask
anybody who went through Andrew; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)

(7) $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers standing right next to the ocean who will tell you, over and over, how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.

Good luck and remember: it's great living in paradise!

Those of you who aren't here yet -- you should come. Really!
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[29 Aug 2006|07:52am]

Dear Residents of the Not so Sunshine Filled State,

I sincerely wish that the State of Florida would realize that, yes, this year is no different from any other (why should it be?), and yes, we will have hurricanes, just like we always do, and would you please think to maybe store some supplies on a regular basis, instead of mobbing Wal Mart, the night before one is supposed to hit, like a mass of banshees, and buy all the supplies that are left, thus ensuing the towns and cities of our favorite state in panic and chaos?

No Love,

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[28 Aug 2006|08:13pm]

Well, as it stands now, we might get the eye here. Who0t! I haven't seen the eye of a hurricane since David back in '79. If only I had money foor beer. :-(
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Miami, Ernesto, and the World Pipeline [28 Aug 2006|04:39pm]

We are doing our best to keep information up for Ernesto, events in the world including all effected ares such as Miami and other parts of Florida--which the MiamiPipeline.com will be coming soon, for now updates here, and we hope they will be useful:


We would love your contributions.
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[27 Aug 2006|10:19am]


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[01 Aug 2006|11:51am]

WOoo it's officially August.
Time to be bombarded with hurricanes.

Anyone dare to guess the count for this season?

come on everyone, get EXCITED!

yuck. seriously, i cringe at the thought...boo!
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[11 Jun 2006|08:47am]

HEY! Where's the celebration?!?

Tropical Depression Numero Uno Storm Alberto!

National Hurricane Center
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Hurricane Icons [21 May 2006|09:42pm]

Here are some lovely gifts to get you all excited about the impending season. Hurray!

Here a 'cane, there a 'caneCollapse )
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[17 Apr 2006|12:18pm]

x-posted....a lot of places.

I recently received a letter from an executive at Shell US Gas and Power LLC, regarding a petition I had signed earlier in the year. The purpose of this petition is irrelevant in regards to what I am about to share with you.

This executive made the following statement: “I am proud of Shell’s long history of environmental responsibility. We have contributed more than $10 million during the past 6 years to wetlands protection and marine habitat enhancement programs.”

To the average person, this might sound like a good chunk of money. And it is…but not in the grand scope of things.

I work for an environmental consulting firm in Houma, LA, approximately 50 miles west of New Orleans. I began working here after Katrina hit, when I lost my job in New Orleans to floodwater. For the majority of my time with this company, my primary client has been a landowner who owns 150,000 acres in St. Bernard Parish—the parish directly southeast of New Orleans that offers the most hurricane protection to the city. This is also the parish that the infamous MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet) runs through. You probably heard mention of this channel on the news, as many believe it was storm surge traveling up the MRGO that caused the levee breaks in New Orleans.

Over the course of the past six months, I have learned a lot about the city, as well as the wetlands that protect it, and how to fix those parishes to prevent this from happening again. And believe me when I tell you: 10 MILLION DOLLARS IS NOTHING.

We are currently working on a restoration plan for St. Bernard Parish that will affect 230,000 acres of wetlands, estuaries, and populated regions. This plan, still in its preliminary stages, calls for a wide variety of restoration activities such as marsh creation, nourishment, plantings, shoreline protection, ridge and levee rebuilding, and barrier island restoration…as well as a HUGE scale freshwater diversion that is still undergoing a feasibility study. The cost estimate for this restoration, not including the freshwater diversion, will cost between 500 million and 1 billion dollars. These are not government inflated estimates, folks. These are bare basic estimates from our engineering department and our company’s many years of experience.

So, allow me to share with you EXACTLY what 10 million dollars can do.

$10 million would:Collapse )
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Looking for displaced New Orleanians. [06 Mar 2006|11:20pm]

I am a student looking to conduct a survey of New Orleanians who were displaced by the hurricane and currently live outside New Orleans. The survey is only a few questions long and will be conducted by email. If you’d be willing to help me out by answering just a few questions, please send an email to maozed at gmail dot com letting me know that you would like to participate. I would really appreciate your help.
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[28 Feb 2006|01:06pm]

hi. I'm new here.

I live in Thibodaux Louisiana currently, but lived in Uptown New Orleans up until June of 2005. It was sheer luck that we moved out of the city before Katrina--I've seen our old apartment...not good.

While I didn't lose my home to the storm, I did lose my job, and was set back severely with school (I'm a grad student at UNO)...however I consider myself very lucky. What we endured was nothing compared to many people out there.

I am beginning work on my thesis and joined this community for that reason. I'm an environmental analysis major doing a behavioral study of how people react to disasters--in particular, how residents of New Orleans reacted to Katrina. Eventually I will have to survey some people from the city, both people who returned and people who didn't. I'm not to that point yet, but I hope to be able to use this community to find people who would be willing to participate. Everything is anonymous and can be done online.

I also hope to gain insight for my paper from the stories I hear here. Thank you all, and god bless each and every one of you.

x-posted to geo_hazards, hurricanehaters, katrinacanepics, nola_expat, and storykatrina.
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I drove through Mississippi's Gulf Coast yesterday.... [08 Jan 2006|06:46pm]

Some pics don't qualify for resizing, because their pixel size needs to match their import.

That having been said, I went to Mississippi yesterday and saw the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina.

I drove from Biloxi west to Pass Christian and it ISN'T pretty.

I'm going to post just a few of the pics, but those who are interested, simply let me know and I'll link you to my photobucket where ALL the pictures are posted.

I've never seen anything like this in my lifeCollapse )

I apologize for the quality of the photographs. They were taken from a moving vehicle. But, you guys get the idea of the devastation. I will be posting more - but considering their size and the fact that they do not accurately express the enormity of what has occurred to my neighbors in Mississippi, I'm going a little bit at a time.

If you guys are interested in seeing.
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I survived Hurricane Frances.. [06 Jan 2006|10:43pm]


..and all I got was being falsely charged with battery for not helping some woman too selfish to help herself.

I plan to waste the taxpayers money forcing the people at FEMA to look over paperwork when I submit what this false battery charge has cost me when it is all done.
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Hurricanes and holidays [27 Dec 2005|08:48pm]

Did anyone else get candles as a gift and just cringe? I did. Someone actually had the nerve to give me a crystal vase-like thing called a "hurricane candle holder". Thanksssssssss

Well my New Year's resolution is to move into a newer CBS home ASAP. No more evacuation. No more wondering what I'm going to come home and find (or not find), and no more traumatic crap like last year, no thank you. I've completely had enough. I wanted to leave Palm Beach County so bad, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen for at least another year. [monotone] yay.

Hope you all had/are having a good holiday.
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[08 Nov 2005|05:58pm]

The Day After Hurricane FrancesCollapse )
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[08 Nov 2005|03:21pm]

NewbieCollapse )
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[25 Oct 2005|07:28pm]

Hey all. I'm in Broward County, which got a LOT of damage from the storm, and I'm one person out of the estimated 2% of residents here who currently have power after Hurricane Wilma. Our power just came on about 45 minutes ago, and it was SO shocking, because we hadn't expected it for about two weeks. Luckily, the weather here is currently really cool (unlike the aftermath of Katrina) and pleasant. So I figured you all would like a report about the hurricane.

(For reference, Broward County is the home of Ft. Lauderdale, on the SE coast of the state)

The area I'm in probably got Category 2 winds with gusts up to Category 3. I sat on my back patio (which was two-thirds covered with storm shutters, plus it was screened in and protected by a huge hedge) during the majority of the storm and watched it. I'm one of those people who secretly love hurricanes, so it was awesome. I woke up at 6:45AM yesterday to tropical storm-force winds, which was basically the equivalent of what we got with Katrina. We lost power at 7:35 (yes, I checked the exact time, haha) and we probably started getting hurricane force winds a little after that. We listend to the radio during the rest of the storm, and it sounded like we were going to get a bit of the large eye of the storm. We got the eastern eye wall around 10 or 11, which was some pretty intense stuff, probably with category 2 gusts. According to what we heard on the radio, that would be the most intense part of the hurricane. However, we ended up not being in the eye after all (well, we might have been in it for a few minutes, but only the extreme southern end of it) and the southern eye wall turned out to be even worse. The winds broke our patio screen (we decided it would be best to wait out the rest indoors after that...) and knocked down one of our palm trees in the backyard and it was just really scary. You could hear loud, deep booming noises that were probably trees falling and the wind was insanely loud. The wind was coming from the west at that point, blowing directly into the front of my house, and at one point we opened the door into the garage to check on the garage door and it was shaking. It didn't end up collapsing though, so that's good. Anyways, after that really bad eye wall, the weather died down really quickly. We were outside in light rain and significantly lighter wind checking on damage by 1:00.

The damage around here seems to be mainly roof damage and a LOT of trees down. There's a good photo gallery here if you'd like to look. I haven't been able to take any pictures myself, but maybe I will tomorrow. The city where I live is practically the tree capital of South Florida, so roads are blocked and houses are partially crushed all over the place. The trees here are practically historical, and now they're all gone. But really, it could have been so much worse. I've heard reports from Ft. Lauderdale that a bunch of the buildings have tons of blown out windows (such as the school administration building, heh). A1A is completely covered by sand, and there are tons of downed power lines all over the place. 98% of South Florida is without power, and FP&L said it could take 'up to four weeks' to restore it all, so I'm practically rejoicing right now because I have power. Oh yeah, and there's no school for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, my homecoming was scheduled to be this Saturday, so I don't know if that's going to happen. Ah well.

So, in conclusion, things are pretty bad down here, but they could have been a lot worse. But then again, I'm on the east coast, which isn't even where the hurricane made landfall...
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pics from WIlma [24 Oct 2005|09:41pm]

snapshots from around Cocoa, FloridaCollapse )
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[24 Oct 2005|08:40pm]

Hey. My name's Nikki, and I'm 18 (19 in 3.5 months!!). I'm a native of Clearwater, FL, but currently majoring in Equine Science/Management in central/upstate New York at Morrisville State College (i.e. the middle of no where). What fun, eh?

Tampa being Tampa, we usually lucked out with the hurricanes. Last year the most "damage" sustained within 10 miles of me was power outages, maybe minor, MINOR flooding on the beaches, branches down, and whatnot. Wee.

now on to my question/worriesCollapse )
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[23 Oct 2005|09:10am]

This quote on slashdot gave me a chuckle:
Alpha? pfft That is just the beginning, when hurrican Omega is on the the way, I will start to worry.
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