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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
To those about to rock (or be caught in a natural disaster) by canaveralgumby on 29 June 2006 4:23am
My mother-in-law is watching Larry King right now and he's got reporters and even governors talking about the regional flooding in various states.

pandab, and everyone else in the flood region: take the time NOW to get ready to go. Get things together:
lease/mortgage papers/all insurance papers
family objects which can't be replaced but CAN be carried
photos you can't replace
your Rx's if any
your pets' supplies (oh, yeah, and your pets)
water and food which is ready to be eaten (ex. - canned, pop-tarts, jerky)

Be ready to go in minutes. That's all the time a flood takes to wipe out a street.

Hurricane: 4 days to a week to prepare and evacuate
Flood / Fire: moments
Tornado: get in the innermost room of the building you're in and pray to your higher power
Earthquake / tsunami / volcanic eruption: I have no idea

GOOD LUCK! Out thoughts and pryers are with you.
Re: To those about to rock (or be caught in a natural disaster) by peripatetically on 29 June 2006 12:58pm
We had 12 3/4 inches in 3 days, but are fine where we are. But, like you say, some people were less fortunate, depending on where they live. Power was out in much of Washington, D.C. (and other palces too, I'm sure), train tracks washed away in some areas. Metros, subways, etc., shut down due to power outages, Smithsonian, and govt. buildings there were closed too. The National Archives had to have it's basement pumped out. Many vehicles washed away by rushing currents. Some people here are missing and 2 were drowned when swept from the bed of their truck. Oddly enough, this same family had been rescued earlier but must have figured it couldn't happen to them twice. Sad. Some bridges and roads under water or full of mud and are closed. But, for the most part, water is receding and this is nothing like the mudslides of California or other major rain events. Still, for those affected, it wasn't fun. I hope that whoever here was in the "line of fire" from these systems came away unscathed.

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