26 August 2005


You'd think that Florida, being hit by hurricanes on a fairly regular basis, would be prepared for hurricanes to hit. Not living there, I don't know why they're not. It seems to me that some things would be so obvious as to be required of all buildings, but aren't (although these look better). build firehouses, armories, and schools like giant bunkers, with a few extra floors on top so there are survivable shelters above floodwaters. I'm not from Florida though, so I may be missing something. Maybe there's something in suntan lotion that makes prior planning a bad thing.

Goe, just wondering.


Laurelai said...

This year we have our generator, and bought a gas stove and hot water heater.... not that hot water is that important after a storm hits mind you, but it came free with the new gas account! Yay! We have stacks of bottled water in the spare room, oil lamps, oil *for* the lamps and keep the car tanks full of gasoline.

This year however, we also moved onto the beach- kinda odd, but we have wanted to live on the beach for years. Last years volley of hurricanes made it possible for us to dot hat finally. Bought ourselves a hurrican damamged house at a pretty nify price- not including fix-up that is. For those who have not lived in Florida, some things are worth it :)

Laurelai, waving to Goe from down south

Goemagog said...


Goe, waving from up north and over yonder.

Laurelai said...

Watching the newsow that the storm has passed, I am absolutely amazed at how many people chose to stay in cities in the storm's direct path and "ride it out". They really deserve a Darwin Award. I can see waiting out a Cat I storm (winds from 75 to 95 mph), and a Cat II is iffy (96 to 110 mph), but anything bigger than that, oh my gosh, leave the freaking house. When Katrina was off the gulf coast approaching Lousiana and Mississippi, it reached Cat V status- that means winds were a *minimum* of 156 mph. That does not include gusts which can top 190-200 mph. Why oh why would anyone decide to ride that kind of storm out is completely beyond me.

My other half's sister lives in New Orleans, one rank of houses behind a levee bordering Lake Ponchartraine. We haven't heard from her yet, but we know she evacuated. I can only guess that her house is all but submerged. ):

Rachmeg said...

While there will be a need for the industrial base and ports to recover, The big Eazy might be the big gone.

There is precident for the effects of something like this.

Rach - wondering if the disaster scenerio sci-fi movies were right about how fast humanity degenerates after all.

Goemagog said...

galveston was wiped out during a hurricane a century ago. the city fathers decided to hurricane proof their city. it's withstood everything since then. everything in new orleans and baton rouge has been hit over and over and they've done absolutely nothing whatsoever to prepare for it to happen again. it happened again and now we're all getting stuck with the fucking bill. we should just nuke the area and save everybody a lot of bother.

Goe, pissed off about it