Archive | October 28, 2012

Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes Oh My!

Federal, State, and Local Governments are frantically trying to get the word out to residents of the Eastern United States in helping them brace for the “Perfect Storm” or Hurricane Sandy as she has been named by NOAA.  British Columbia coastal residences are trying to assess the damages left behind from the 7.7 earthquake that shook things up and Hawaii is under another Tsunami watch.

Emergency agencies and officials have established very informative websites with directions to shelters, how to prepare guides, equipment list, all way down to what to do when you lose power.  These agencies are flooding the many media outlets right this very moment to get the people this information.

Great information but too late!  As we have seen previous large emergencies…the storm is on the door step… those that have failed to plan have also failed to prepare…and those are the people that started getting supplies two days ago.

Sense of Urgency – the quality or condition of being urgent; pressing importance: the urgency of the call for help; pleading with urgency.  The opposite of a sense of urgency is a sense of complacency. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Sense_of_urgency

“The Zombie Metaphor” – There are creeping feelings of panic and a sense of urgency beginning to set in on those who have not set themselves up for success by planning ahead.   Along with this new found sense of urgency a realization for many develops.  A scary picture of “We are screwed unless we get help”.  We see the effects that this state of mind can have on individuals in media coverage over and over.  The photos showing anxious hoarders stripping the grocery store shelves empty, at the local fuel station the security cameras display the sea of cars with angry hordes waiting to suck out the last bit of gas, or the Sky News chopper coverage of the building traffic jams from the ensuing exodus.

The Food – Below is a very good example of the conditions the grocery stores will encounter during emergencies and when the anxious hordes bum rush the isles.

The Truth About Your Local Grocery Store, By Jay M. Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010

Copyright 2005-2012 James Wesley, Rawles – SurvivalBlog.com All Rights Reserved

 The problem occurs when some outside factors come into play. This can be as little as the weather man predicting a snow or ice store. If that happens people go nuts buying everything they can get their hands on. The system is not set up for this. If the situation only affects a few locations then they can get back in stock within 2-3 days on most of the basic supplies. However if it affects a large region such as half a state then the warehouses run out fast also. They are on the JIT program as well and aren’t stocked in a way to restock 100 stores all at once. Many areas of the country are primed to be affected by an earthquake. If that were to happen the shelves would be cleaned out within hours and wouldn’t be restocked for who knows how long. Even if the stores local area wasn’t affected, most likely the roads between the store and the warehouses would have bridges that if not destroyed would certainly be shut down for a time in order for inspectors to clear them as safe before trucks were allowed to cross.

The other factor I explain to folks is that when they shop day in and day out it looks like a ton of merchandise on the shelf. For example a store may stock 60 propane bottles for camp stoves on a regular basis. But in an emergency situation whether it has happened or only predicted the customers who get there first to buy some don’t just buy one or two. They will buy at least 10 so then only the first six customers get any. Many of the big box and grocery stores you shop in every day average between 3,000 and 6,000 customers a day. Do the math.”

The Fuel – The average 7/11 stores holds anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of fuel in the underground tanks.  The average car holds 14-16 gallons of fuel in the gas tank.  For simplicity we will use 15 gallons for the car and be generous at the 7/11 with topped off tanks holding 15,000 gallons.  Take the 15,000 gallons divided by 15 gallons per car and that gives a total of 1,000 cars or families to be fueled.  How many gas stations are in your town?  What is the population of your town?  With the average home having 2-3 cars, that 1,000 families per gas station just fell to 333.33.  A similar type of scenario can unfold for the fuel stations as we saw above for the grocery stores.  Do the math and plan ahead.

The way out – Really, why is this always an issue?  Outside of a surprise event like an earthquake and etc we usually have some notice to an event.  Seriously, we have amazing weather forecasting, news, TV, internet, and other technology that provides many days of notice to an event.  Why must there always be scenes of mass traffic jams during a known emergency?  The only reason I see is because people do not take planning and preparing serious enough until it is too late!  Plan your routes out of town. You need to have several routes planned to get to your destination.  Make sure to plan for stops and fuel as well. 

Plan to succeed not fail – There is a great deal of information out there to help us help ourselves plan to be ready for an emergency.  Don’t let yourself become one of the anxious hordes who failed to plan and failed to prepare!

Benjamin Franklin “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  ―  Benjamin Franklin

Part hurricane, part nor’easter and  all trouble: That’s what threatens 60 million Americans

Published October 28, 2012

Associated  Press

WASHINGTON –  The storm that is  threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a  couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, flooding and  probably snow is much more than just an ordinary weather system. It’s a freakish  and unprecedented monster.

How did it get that way?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/10/27/part-hurricane-part-noreaster-and-all-trouble-that-what-threatens-60-million/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2AbgpUyI9

Hawaii under tsunami advisory as  first waves hit following Canadian quake

Published October 28, 2012

FoxNews.com

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/28/tsunami-warning-issued-for-hawaii-after-canadian-quake/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2AbhZ3ceH

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