Saturday, July 09, 2005

way to go, fematically

Multitudinous thanks and praise to FEMA for this tip on hurricanes:

Fact Sheet: Hurricanes

Hurricanes can be dangerous killers. Learning the hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage.

BEFORE THE HURRICANE

Plan an evacuation route.

Contact the local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter, and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters.

Splendid counsel, full of pith and sense, particularly in view of the thousands of Floridians still living in FEMA mobile homes after last year's stormy weather.

You have to gaze with wonder upon the testes on an agency that puts people, many of them poor, elderly or infirm, in flimsy buildings and leaves them there for nearly a year without developing an exit plan to help "victims" find and relocate to other, sturdier housing.

Wait! There is an exit plan:
People living in FEMA trailers must find housing within 18 months or face possible eviction. Charlotte Sun-Herald
And as always, lotsa good advice:

In a building explosion, get out of the building as quickly and calmly as possible.

3 Comments:

Anonymous sheila said...

Jeb: "The fact is that there's a legitimate feeling, 'why me, why us?'..."

Good luck, Tom.

7/10/2005 2:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Thanks Sheila - good luck was had. Jeb is parlaying these storms into presidential preparation: how to panic people and accomplish nothing, more effectively.

7/11/2005 8:56 AM  
Blogger Kia said...

That last one reminds me of Monty Python's How To Do Things skit -- the one about how to build an internal combustion engine.

I watched the path of Dennis and was pleased to see it wasn't headed quite your way. I hope it didn't cost you even five minutes of sleep.

Unbelievable about the people still in the temporary shelters. Is it too dire of me to point out that this is only the beginning of the season?

7/12/2005 3:07 PM  

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