Comments: November Randomness

Was reading an article that alot of those that had their homes flooded did not get flood insurance because those type of storms "never" happen in that area.

Nor do a lot have hurricane insurance for the same reason.

They are all screwed because they thought it could never happen.

Posted by Quality Weenie at November 2, 2012 07:51 AM

I've not seen much coverage, but they seem shocked at the conditions. Did no one tell them a storm was coming?

Posted by pam at November 2, 2012 02:18 PM

I live in southeast CT and yes, we did know the storm was coming. The sad fact is that so many people just - ignored it. Dismissed it as hype; I even had a Facebook friend call us here in the northeast a bunch of pansies for getting worked up over a possible ... rainstorm.

The other problem is that people just don't think too far in the future when they have to prepare for this kind of once-in-a-lifetime storm. They think the power will be back on in a day - just like it is after a big thunderstorm. The sad fact is that because these kinds of storms are indeed so very rare up here - people just don't know what to do.

Now - that's not me. We had enough gas in cans to power our generator for a week, not including the 2 full tanks of gas in our vehicles. We did NOT stock up on food; if our generator quit it would go to waste anyway. We had plenty of cash on-hand in case the power was out long enough for it to cause problems with necessary purchases. In short - we were prepared to be without power for at least 10 days. During Hurricane Irene last year we lost power for 8 days. This time? We were blessed to only lose it for 28 hours.

This kind of storm just doesn't hit the northeast very often and sadly, too many people believe the government will help them when it does.

Fools.

Posted by Kris, in New England at November 2, 2012 05:35 PM

There are some rules of thumb here in FL.

If a Cat 1 or higher is coming and you are coastal, you evacuate. Period. It's one of the reasons I refused to buy a house East of I-95. I told my husband, "If we are buying a house, we're buying one that I can weather a storm in". I don't do coastal. I have lived in hurricane country most of my life.

If a Cat 1 or higher is coming, we ALWAYS stock up on 2 weeks worth of food and water. ALWAYS. And there are two reasons for this. 1) You don't mess with any hurricane. 2) They never really come in as a 1. You go to bed with it as a 1 and you wake up and a 3 has you in its sights. It's frickin' crazy as hell. Think Wilma. That was just a little cup of chaos.

But I will tell you this... the people of the NE will never make that mistake again. The people of FL learned... from a hurricane called ANDREW in 1992. We were all complacent too and then Miami got hit with a frickin' 5. And btw, it took 10 years before the weather wonks decided it was a 5. They kept telling us it was a 4.

I'll be surprised after the scientists keep churnind data if they keep it as a 1. I could be wrong, but even at high tide, that was pretty damn nasty on their beaches for a 1. You expect massive flooding with a 1... but the aerials look like a lot more than a 1. I'm not saying a 1 is not serious... I'm just saying that what I'm seeing via the pix is nuts.

It's going to take them years to get back. Don't let anyone fool you. In some cases... it won't come back.

And if anyone of any importance up there is listening to me, repeat after me, "We don't build on barrier islands..."

Posted by Bou at November 2, 2012 10:45 PM

I was wondering about your familial connections up there...the aftermath is always the worst. Help may be a long time coming, and people who don't go through it just can't conceive of how long and how effin' hard that can be. Like you mentioned, you have to be prepared to wait it out for a long time.

And I remember seeing video in the lead up to the storm, where one community felt protected because they had a big sand dune/berm in front of their homes. I just shook my head...I'm sure those houses are gone.

Posted by Mrs. Who at November 2, 2012 10:57 PM