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SHE'S A POWERFUL FORCE -- NATURAL DISASTERS
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HairOfTheDog Offline
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Well, obviously I don't think a deadly hurricane and people without power, food and water is the best thing that could happen to any locale. However, I hope Puerto Rico is enabled to rebuild with a more solid foundation after the current emergency is under better control.

I think most people know that FEMA and the military's goal is to help save lives and move the people out of emergency/relief mode as quickly as possible and then move on (though FEMA is still in Katrina 12 years later and there are still serious infrastructure issues and spending in excess of the initial budget there). Still, the president making a public statement like that about Puerto Rico 3 weeks into a humanitarian crisis involving American citizens was ignorant and politically-motivated, in my opinion.

Trump tried to clean it up this morning though and said help would ALWAYS be there for Puerto Rico. So, hopefully, that calms the mayor down and reassures the governor. The governor has been very supportive of Trump but was taken aback by Trump's statement yesterday and asked for reassurance.

Florida and Texas got help very quickly with no public chastising after Irma and Harvey, despite infrastructure failures there (we really need infrastructure upgrades across the whole mainland U.S. too, in my opinion). By all accounts that I've read and heard so far, the U.S. government acted quickly enough for them and they're satisfied. But, I do think those in the worst peril there were much easier to reach than those in remote areas of Puerto Rico.

Anyway, sounds like hard but rewarding (not just financially) work you'd be doing in Puerto Rico Six.





10-13-2017 11:07 AM
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I came across a pretty good letter to the editor about Puerto Rico. It's from 10/4/17, so it's a little dated now but the content is solid (in my opinion this guy nailed it):

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/marylan...story.html

Having spent time in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and traveled around the island, I can understand why the island has suffered terribly in the wake of hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico is the poster child for poor construction methods, lack building codes, shoddy workmanship, and corrupt government officials who did not enforce infrastructure improvements on the island for the last seventy years. In short, Puerto Rico was a disaster waiting to happen.

Since the majority of Puerto Rico’s island population lives on its coastline, they received the brunt of Maria’s 180 mph plus winds that literally blew off the flimsy roofs of homes, knocked down 16,000 miles of poorly anchored and supported power lines, flooded all the low lying areas, washed out dozens of bridges critical to road transportation, and crippled the airport and its air traffic control center making air plane operations next to impossible.

These calamities on top of no clean water, little food, no sanitation, no medical facility, and no basic human needs on an island far away from immediate outside support spells misery. Fortunately, so far, less than 20 people have died with this historic storm.

Help could only come from the U.S. mainland. The governor of the island has praised President Trump’s response and his quick reaction to send help to the island. San Juan’s liberal mayor, Carmen Cruz, made statements with an inappropriate position claiming help was not arriving fast enough or in insufficient amount to keep people from “dying.” She apparently was clueless to the actual facts of assistance.

Cruz has not attended the San Juan located FEMA coordinators meetings critical to understanding the logistical support and issues of distribution. She has apparently ignored the seven thousand U.S. FEMA and U.S. military already on the island bringing in initial supplies. She ignored the USS Kearsarge aircraft carrier bringing essential water and food by helicopter to areas unreachable by road. She ignored the Georgia Air National Guard flying dangerous landing missions to a blacked out airport bringing tons of essential supplies. She ignored the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers making every effort to restore power, water, roads and critical infrastructure to Puerto Rico. She ignored the fact that correcting decades of the island’s third world attitude toward infrastructure improvements reflects the government’s endemic corruption and six billion dollar debt the island cannot pay.

These things are not the fault of any U.S. President, they belong to Puerto Rico. Anyone trying to bring assistance to an island with Puerto Rico’s devastation will know the immense logistical issues. Puerto Rico is receiving enormous support from U.S. agencies, our military, public and private organizations and individual assistance.

Fixing Puerto Rico will take a long time, perhaps years. Mayor Cruz needs a reality check and stop making political theater while standing in front of tons of pallets loaded with can goods delivered by FEMA. The hurricane did enough damage without the Mayor doing more.





10-13-2017 01:28 PM
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I haven’t heard anyone blaming President Trump for Puerto Rico’s unstable infrastructure or economy. Not even Mayor Cruz.

What I have heard is Mayor Cruz criticizing the government’s response time and commitment, as well as criticizing Trump’s leadership ability and level of empathy.

Help save American lives and end the immediate humanitarian crisis as a matter of first priority — that’s what I wish both Trump and Cruz would hammer without the political and personal criticisms.

The disaster relief budget and financial assistance for the future will be worked out later, as it always is.

To me, the blame game by both sides is an unnecessary and unhelpful distraction.





10-13-2017 02:16 PM
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- As of this morning..............a total of 36 victims have been confirmed dead in the northern California wildfires; that number is sadly expected to grow as the fires continue to rage on.

- Twenty of the victims have been identified as of Friday evening, some of them are pictured below.

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- Charles and Sara Rippey, 100 and 98, just celebrated 75 years of marriage; Kai Shepherd, 14, is the youngest of the victims who have been named; Carmen Berriz died in her husband, Armando's arms, as they escaped the fire by jumping in a swimming pool.

- As many as 256 people remain missing and 25,000 people have been forced to evacuate the area.

More here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...named.html





10-14-2017 01:11 PM
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I hope if anyone knows anybody carrying PG&E stock, you suggest they take another look.

For those unfamiliar, PG&E is the local gas and electric company. They were already reamed for the San Bruno gas explosion. I understand they're getting the blame for at least several of these fires.

My husband got out at $59+. It will be interesting to see where it goes (I'm so caring, right?). It got down to $50, bounced back to $56...Hmmmm.






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10-14-2017 02:29 PM
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PG&E has restored power to 90% of the fire-afflicted areas, but less than half of residents have had gas restored.

Firefighters in several counties are making progress containing the flames. Air quality is bad, masks are needed in some areas.

40 people are now confirmed dead. I don't know how many pets died, but I did see footage of one dog who found his way out of the smoke and got rescued yesterday.

Several wineries were lost, but many had systems in place that helped preserve some of their grounds and vines.

Today the winds are supposed to be the weakest since the fires started. Hopefully, the fires can be fully contained soon, without any more deaths and destruction of homes. 30

The fires appear to be largely limited to non-inhabited areas now; hoping it stays that way.

Live updates: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ca...o-14349437





10-15-2017 11:45 AM
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(10-15-2017 11:45 AM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:  I don't know how many pets died, but I did see footage of one dog who found his way out of the smoke and got rescued yesterday.


I may have seen that same video. It was heartwarming and I could hear the relief in his human's voice. Their home was burnt to the ground and yet the dog went right back there. I was incredulous when I saw him coming towards the people with his tail wagging. It was a lovely scene in the midst of so much sadness and destruction.






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(10-15-2017 11:52 AM)Duchess Wrote:  I may have seen that same video. It was heartwarming and I could hear the relief in his human's voice. Their home was burnt to the ground and yet the dog went right back there. I was incredulous when I saw him coming towards the people with his tail wagging. It was a lovely scene in the midst of so much sadness and destruction.

It really was heartwarming to see Izzy reunited with his (or her?) family. The dog got separated from the family in the fire and evacuation. When Jack Weaver went back to find and bury Izzy, he found that Izzy had returned home, alive and well.








10-15-2017 12:08 PM
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Yes, Izzy. Wah. I'm a sucker for these kind of stories. Makes me feel weepy all over again.






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HotD, I just read that the air quality in San Francisco is worse than Beijing. Is that true? I know you mentioned smelling smoke the other day. Has it gotten significantly worse?






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(10-15-2017 08:15 PM)Duchess Wrote:  HotD, I just read that the air quality in San Francisco is worse than Beijing. Is that true? I know you mentioned smelling smoke the other day. Has it gotten significantly worse?

It was bad earlier in the week; fire smell and light ash all over my truck. A couple of caregivers called in sick (but they're the same ones who call in sick when it rains or when it's too hot -- seriously).

The air quality was much worse north of San Francisco and closer to the fires though.

Today I worked out back for a while and didn't notice any air quality problems.





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Thanks! I really couldn't imagine your gorgeous city looking like it was layered in a polution fog like Beijing.






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(10-12-2017 04:39 PM)SIXFOOTERsez Wrote:  I may have a deal on the table to go to Puerto Rico for a month, $1k/day, sounds like a good deal. Got to find out what they are going to do about housing, I can put up with just about anything for a month for that kind of $. Security is a problem, hard to get a CCW permit.
Find out a little more tomorrow
I know someone who is there right now. She's living in tent city.





10-16-2017 01:02 PM
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