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Google Hurricane Response:
http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/faq.html

!!! 2017 RED CROSS ASKS HAM RADIO OPERATORS FOR HELP please email
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U
or (860-594-0222), who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

Puerto Rico is still a victim of colonial neglect
A three-star star general and the Commander of US Army North (5th Army), Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO COMMAND WITH THE FULL AUTHORITY TO GET IT DONE - CUT THE RED TAPE - to make decisions quickly without having to check with 18 agencies. The military said it is planning to deploy the USNS Comfort hospital ship to assist with FEMA's response efforts. The Comfort is a seagoing medical treatment facility "capable of providing resuscitation and stabilization care; initial wound and basic surgery; and postoperative treatment," according to the US Navy.

9/29/17 Army Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan 'Not enough' troops, equipment in Puerto Rico, says general in charge of relief. "For example, on the military side, we're bringing in both Air Force, Navy, and Army medical capabilities in addition to aircraft, more helicopters. ... [But] it's not enough, and we're bringing more in.” The Pentagon has already allocated more than 4,000 troops to help in rescue and restoration efforts to the U.S. territories, but it wasn’t until Thursday, eight days after Maria slammed the Caribbean, that U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) sent Buchanan.

WHY THE STUPID 8 DAY WAIT?

“It didn’t require a three-star general eight days ago,” Tom Bossert, the President Trump’s homeland security advisert said of the government response. When asked whether it was a mistake to not have Buchanan on the ground in Puerto Rico earlier, Bossert replied, “No, not at all.”

San Juan mayor: "I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying." "I am going to do what I never thought I would do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. The mayor of San Juan (Carmen Cruz) lost her house and has been living in a shelter.

  • 95% w/o electricity
  • More than 10,000 in shelters
  • 51 hospitals open
  • 11% cell towers working
  • 714 gas stations

THE PRESIDENT FINALLY AUTHORIZES BUCHANAN THE HEAD OF NOTHCOM'S JOINT FORCE LAND COMPONENT COMMAND TO BE IN COMMAND - THEY ARE NOT A PARTNER OF FEMA. IT SHOULDN'T TAKE 8 DAYS TO SAVE THE AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.
The military will focus on trying to improve distribution networks of relief supplies and offer the logistical authority for the supply chain and recovery efforts.

9/17 White House waives a shipping law called the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for 10 days which allows foreign ships to get supplies to the port. Lawmakers say Trump's 10 day shipping waiver is not enough. It's unacceptable @DHSgov denied #JonesAct waiver for #PuertoRico. I sent a letter urging the dept to change course. @SenJohnMcCain

Perhaps Tom Price, who ostensibly runs "Health and Human Services," could load his private plane w/medical supplies and fly to Puerto Rico.

ON THE 2ND DAY THE US MILITARY COULD HAVE HAD 20,000 US TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN PUERTO RICO ~ GEN RUSSEL HONORE COMMANDER OF HURRICAN KATRINA RESPONSE

10/9/17 White House lets Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver expire Ten days after issuing a waiver allowing foreign ships to provide aid to Puerto Rico, the Trump administration has let it expire. Trump was previously criticized for hesitating to suspend the century-old Jones Act, which prohibits foreign ships from bringing goods from one U.S. port to another, for Puerto Rico immediately after Hurricane Maria — particularly because he had issued such waivers following Harvey and Irma. Much of Puerto Rico is still short on fuel and water, though that is due in part to distribution issues rather than a lack of supplies.

Puerto Rico is occupied without representation. Neither independent, nor a US state, it has no Presidential or Congressional influence. It is politically abandoned and treated accordingly. Trump administration is making citizens pay "full fare" to be evacuated from hurricane. And will hold the evacuees' passports as collateral until it gets it's money. That’s not all: “Upon evacuation, a Department of State official must limit an evacuee’s passport. In order to obtain a new passport, an evacuee must arrange payment as agreed upon via the promissory note.”

Aerial footage shows the damage caused to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria #USVirginIslands Duncan USVI Relief #USVI

Simultaneous Restoration Work Continues On All Three Islands, WAPA Makes Known In Latest Update and here

IDENTITIES OF THOSE WHO DIED AS DIRECT RESULT OF HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA RELEASED BY D.O.J.

Register for assistance with FEMA. Virgin Islanders who have not yet registered can do so online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, in Spanish at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist survivors in English, Spanish and many other languages.

[Hurrican Sandy] "A major hurricane is unlikely in New York City, but not impossible" New York City Office of Emergency Management.

How to hurricane-proof a Web server

How Hurricane Sandy routes around the Internet - The affected area also happens to contain major hubs for international Internet connectivity. When looking at cable maps (for instance Greg's Cable Map), it immediately becomes clear the affected area is key for Internet communications between North America and Europe. Two major hubs for international Internet communications in the affected area are the New York City (NYC) and Washington DC/Ashburn area (ASH). In this article we look at IPv4 traceroutes by RIPE Atlas probes that traverse paths through the affected area and what it can tell us about the impact Hurricane Sandy had on the wider Internet.

This was the City of New Orleans' Hurricane Preparedness Plan

School buses needed to help with evacuation

Heavy rains fell over the Mid Mississippi Valley in April of 1927 which flooded down to the lower Mississippi Valley. The river broke through 13 levees along the river which caused widespread flooding that encompassed 26,000 square miles. The catastrophe caused more than a thousand deaths and forced almost a million people from their homes. More than five million acres of farmland were ruined. The flooding occurred from April until June.
KRVS, a public radio station in Lafayette broadcasts in English, Creole and Cajun French where you can find music and research about previous natural disasters, from the devastating Mississippi River flood of 1927 to Hurricane Betsy in 1965. NPR did a story on this with songs.

HURRICANE PREDICATION IS NOT PERFECT
In the Gulf region, forecasters can only tell you 36-72 hours in advance that a hurricane is headed toward a region. At that point, a hurricane's strike zone is several hundred miles wide. "Forecasters cannot come close to predicting a storm's landfall accurately beyond 24 hours. Three days before a hurricane hits, the official forecast can be off by as much as 250 miles in either direction -- the distance from New Orleans to a point between Pensacola and Panama City, Fla., to the east and Beaumont, Texas, to the west.

Flood Waters Can't Sink Net Link
http://www.wired.com/news/planet/0,2782,68725,00.html

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank - in case you forget what we are talking about! compelling images and stories seared into the memories of all who lived through them.

Hurricane Katrina Time Line

Hurricane Katrina Commentary

The "city" of Louisiana (Keith Olbermann) 9/5, 2005
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/5/205428/2030

Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences by Larry Bradshaw, Lorrie Beth Slonsky The two writers were paramedics who were in NO for an EMS conference.

Swimming to New Orleans By Nick Glassman senior manager of programming for MediaFLO at  Qualcomm, Inc. September 9, 2005,

Google Maps has updated satellite imagery of Katrina in New Orleans.  people are posting addresses, and others are downloading NOAA sat images, overlaying, and posting images to show degree of flooding.  For example:Bad shape and Not-so-bad shape
If you do have Google Earth, this is an interesting overlay that shows the damage ratings the Federal Government has given to various areas.  The data is dated 6PM Sept 5.

Love Canal-type landfill submerged in New Orleans floodwaters.

The Agriculture Street Landfill (ASL) A toxic landfill is situated on a 95-acre site in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The ASL is a federally  registered Superfund site, and is on the National Priorities List of highly contaminated sites requiring cleanup and containment. The situation could exacerbate the already dire threat to human health and the environment from the flood waters.

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