Emergency Preparedness / Lessons learned from a Superstorm

Published on Nov 17, 2012
Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy. A little storm history and a few things I learned about prepping, during and after the hurricane.

Q. Would you be prepared if any 3 or 4 of these things happened. (It made me think about my state of preparedness) Since they all happened at once.

  • Neighborhoods were completely homeless.
  • People had no place to go.
  • People had no power.
  • Many vehicles were under water.
  • People were waiting in gas lines only to find gas rationing at the stations.
  • Relief help was nonexistent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency promised to get to victims as soon as possible. The Red Cross was delayed in giving help.
  • People were caught without shoes and had very little warm clothing.
  • Older people trapped in high-rise apartments with no power in the dark could not leave because of electrical wires broken and the threat of electrocution.
  • Subways, buses and public transportation were all shut down.
  • People were walking to get food and supplies.
  • Some had no cash and could not use their credit cards.
  • There was no potable drinking water, because it was contaminated.
  • There was a shortage of food in the grocery stores.
  • People with food stamp cards could not use them because the grocery stores were accepting only cash due to the lack of power to run the cash registers.
  • People were afraid of looters, so some stayed behind to protect their property.
  • Some people watched helplessly as their neighbors were killed or drowned.
  • Many people had to be rescued from their homes.
  • There was only spotty cellphone service and nowhere to charge the cellphones.
  • Some people were told that they could not return to their homes because of the extensive damage and contamination.
  • People who did return reported that the water had ruined everything.
  • Some people’s belongings had been looted.
  • Crime was overwhelming and no help came.
  • Insurance companies were overwhelmed.
  • People’s work schedules were completely disrupted. Even getting to work was a huge problem.
  • Many pets were lost, displaced, roaming free or killed.
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