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
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.
Emergency Management: Who's coming to the rescue if disaster strikes?
Posted on Wednesday, April 30 @ 13:33:06 PDT by roradmin
Are you relying on FEMA to come to the rescue if disaster strikes?
A recent study suggests that private industry had a better performance during hurricane Katrina.
Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe’s was and would be a lot more helpful than the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“The study, by Steven Horwitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., stresses that successful disaster relief depends upon responders having detailed knowledge of a local area and the right incentives to act on that knowledge.”
Leadership, empowered store managers and advance planning to provide basic necessities, emergency supplies and reopen stores well before FEMA began its response were key factors in effectively assisting the population in its recovery. Their local community knowledge enabled them to plan and put those plans into effect before the storm arrived.
Flexibility and actions by these companies and working together with local police and first responders is cited as a decisive factor in coordinating efforts and assisting those in need of immediate help.
The study also lauds the Coast Guard for its performance as the only federal agency in rescuing more than 24,000 people in the two weeks following the storm.
The lesson derived is that disaster response happens at the local level and, it is at the local level that resources must be identified, funded and committed for an effective education and participation of the population for preparedness and recovery to occur.
Horwitz wrote in the study. “Though numerous private-sector firms played important roles in the relief operations, Wal-Mart stood out.”