Sunday, October 30, 2005

Wilma Taught Me A Couple Things

What a week. Personally, I will be glad when October is over. This is one month I want to forget.

Living in South Florida, one gets used to hurricanes and the problems THEY cause, but this week I experienced firsthand how inept FEMA and Governor Jeb Bush are.

Hurricane Wilma, (with over a weeks warning) was supposed to hit Palm Beach County as a Cat 1, maybe Cat 2 storm (up to 110 mph). Any Floridian knows you stock up on water, batteries and peanut butter and jelly.

It is accepted you WILL LOSE power. Don't you think it would make sense to have a generator in place for our major fuel distribution center? Port Everglades (Ft Laud) is where the tankers come in to unload fuel. There was no power to transfer the fuel to trucks.

As Senator Ron Klein pointed out in yesterday's Palm Beach Post, "they can drop 100 generators in Iraq, but they can't get a dozen in Palm Beach County".

This isn't rocket science, generators are the first thing that gets sold out at Home Depot/

Mobile service stunk. We are a LONG WAY off from relying on our cell phone as a primary means of communication (or anything else). I would ask ALL service providers to DROP roaming charges during disasters. The last thing you want to think about when you're in a crisis is $1.00 per minute call.

It was impossible trying to make a call, let alone check email.

My car, which I couldn't get gas for and sat in the garage for 6 days, was used as one big cell phone charger. There's efficiency for ya huh?

Thanks for all of the emails asking where I was. Lots of pondering this past week and plenty of goodies to share.

OK enough bitching, back to work.


smoke20 said...


db said...

I Explorer was a cell phone charger....and after I was able to borrow a gas can to do a walk up (don't smoke a cigarette by me...I'm still fuming)...I returned home, to light more candles...and await my FEMA ice...I am still 'powerless'. I can't wait to go to work tomorrow!