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Old 11-04-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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I wonder also whether FEMA flood insurance might be a good idea even from people outside of the flood zone.
Why don't we wait to see how much the Federal government ponies up in "grants" to uninsured homeowners? After Katrina, many billions of dollars were taken from taxpayers and given to homeowners who purposely chose to go without insurance. The same will happen in NY/NJ, and it will happen yet again the next time a big one hits Florida.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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As far as a generator goes, if it were just me - a $500-$600 portable unit somewhere in the neighborhood of 5500W would be enough. My needs are simple. I just need the refrigerator, a tv, my computer/network/internet gear, and a couple room lights. A power outage is a great excuse to fire up the grill and barbecue. If it's hot, I'll go in the pool and/or drink more beer. I won't worry about not being able to run the air conditioning.

However, my wife, mother-in-law, kids/grandkids are unwilling to embrace the simplicity I would actually somewhat enjoy during an outage. That means I gotta look for something darn close to a whole-house solution.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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It seems to me that this storm was overhyped from the get-go. Now we have posters (above) who are confirming my suspicions. It's a Category 1 storm, not a Category 5. Yes it caused storm surge that did a lot of flooding and wiped out some coastal homes and killed people, but the destruction is not as bad as originally hyped. It could have been MUCH MUCH WORSE.

Also, if these places in Jersey and NY are at sea level and near the shore, how come they are not designated flood plains thereby requiring flood insurance?

ANY PLACE NEAR A BODY OF WATER IS A FLOOD ZONE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

And why do hospitals or people in Brooklyn townhouses put refrigerators and electrical components and animals and who knows what else in basements when most of Brooklyn and other coastal areas are located AT SEA LEVEL?????????? This is complete insanity.

If you ask me, and you live along the Atlantic seaboard and coast, it's probably not a good idea to have a basement, or put anything in a basement.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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You are right, it could have been worse.

We're 50+ miles inland here, but there were houses/cars nearby destroyed by falling trees, etc.

And it was over-hyped, just like every other weather event. IMHO, that's part of the problem. Because every single weather event is over-hyped, people do not take legitimate warnings seriously.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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I agree. The over-hyping causes people to not take legitimate warnings seriously. I mean, they hyped this storm for what, 2-3 weeks before the thing hit? They were acting like ALL of Manhattan would be wiped off the map!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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I have huge sympathy for people who have lost loved ones, their homes and their possessions but as a whole it's hard to feel sympathy for the city itself.
Sorry, but that's how I feel.
Then don't, we don't need/want your sympathy. This was for the area an once in a generation storm. I don't see how any of your posting has anything remotely to do with the OP's thread, it seems that you just want to air out your feelings towards what you perceive to be a media bias. The infrastructure is old, we will rebuild and make it better, we will now prepare for this kind of weather events. Thankfully being blue states we believe in science and are cognizant of climate change. This thread has turned from a "lessons learned" angle which should have simply be, when authorities tell you to evacuate get the hell out of there, to kicking people when they are down.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:37 AM
 
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So #11, we learned that if a Category 1 does this to the North East, (NYC/NJ in particular) we can expect total destruction on anything higher than that.

The question is what THEY learned from this?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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What people can learn from Sandy?

Make sure you got lots of gas in all your vehicles and maybe some spare containers.
Expect power to be off for some time, perhaps a couple of weeks.
Charge up all battery operated devices and use them for emergency only if the power does go out
Food in fridge and freezer will rot quickly if power goes out so canned and dry goods are better to stock up on than perishables that need to be refrigerated. my Mom a Dad keep their freezer very understocked during hurricane season.
Fill every container you can find with water including bath tubs and sinks as if power is out there aint no water.
Beer will last a long time and is better warm than not at all.
Also get some cash as if power is out so is the ATM
Dont wait till the day before a hurricane to get prepared as all retail outlets will be out of what you need by then.
Evacuate if advised to do so as all your preparations could be blown to bits in a big hurricane.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Avoid living in a flood zone. If you do choose to live in a flood zone... plan on always evacuating.

Buy a generator. Have lots of gas on hand. Buy lots of booze.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Gas on hand is important, but you worry about fire hazard of having it.

My main concern what the big picture - if our politicians were ready with resources and a plan.

Guess they do. I'm going to hate seeing all the despair coming from our area when it happens (big storm). It really is an embarrassment to NY/NJ when the media shows the population "dumpster diving" (heard that word on Fox probably 20-30 times) and begging for help.

Hope our gov't/resources are proactive when **** hits the fan here in our area.
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