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1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.

Galveston TX Hurricanes

Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years
Average Direct hit every 8.63 years

The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents
Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000

The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph
42    people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage

Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States
Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.

Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars

Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history

Nuclear Issues

Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel

Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert

Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry

Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"

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Preparing for other loved members of the household

Pets are important household members

Preparing your pets for emergencies makes sense.

Surviving a disaster or an emergency that impacts your household or your community, largely depends on the planning that you have done in advance of the event.

Without planning and preparedness, an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack reduces your capacity to respond and your options for survival may be compromised.

In today’s volatile environment preparing for the unexpected makes perfect sense. Millions of animal owners nationwide are doing just that.

Besides learning and being aware of the risks in their communities there are things you can do today to prepare, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives that will ensure their safety.

Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for you and your pets. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.

Keep in mind that in an emergency such as a hurricane, emergency crews may be overwhelmed by the situation, not have access to your area or be available to assist you, so, planning in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets is recommended.

Neighbors, friends and relatives have the same dilemma and involving them in advance planning to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so is advisable.

An alternate back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself for a long term and/or flexible to event conditions should be considered.

The Pet Safe Coalition of Nassau County NY, in one of the most hurricane prone areas in the country offers some Hurricane Awareness Tips and information for pet owners that can help you in preparing your plans.

Additionally the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management provides a Hurricane Storm Surge Map that depicts those areas that will be flooded during a storm or hurricane affecting those living in low lying areas of the island that will need to evacuate.

Preparing for your loved ones, including your pets makes sense.

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Published on: 2008-04-18 (1220 reads)

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