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GRANA   here; In terms of $$$$$billion $$$$$$$ costs/losss; 2011 was the worst year of weather disasters Those directly affected(loss of life; loved ones; homes/jobs; of course were affected the
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WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 6:23 AM EST
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GRANA  here;
In terms of $$$$$billion $$$$$$$costs/losss; 2011 was the worst year of weather disasters
Those directly affected(loss of life; loved ones; homes/jobs; of course were affected the most!
But the rest ofus were also affected:emotionally:sympaty/empathy.
Of all the weather troubles that afflicted the U.S. this year which  one  do you feel hurt you  personally the most?
If you wish to, please share why.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 7:19 AM EST
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GRANA  here;
Fortunately we (NewEngland) were not affected as badly as other areas of the country .
Groundhog day blizzard was bad for many here: homes lost power( wellsdid not pump; filtratiion  systems failed; no heat; hot water or cooking fuel for several weeks.Many in the POWER COMPANIES lost their jobs( for the ovelylong length of the power outage
POWER COMPANY investors lost their investments  due to lawsuits& fines.
lPOWER COMPANY employees   lost their lives  trying to restore the power.
Some residents lost their homes trying to heat w/ indoor fires (not in fiireplaces
Too many elderly & disabled lost their homes of independant living & had to move to nursing homes
Many pets were lost(litterally or to death) during the storm
 Priceless & irrepaceable art objects & paintings were damaged beyond repair

While I wasinconvenienced( stuck indoors; cooking became a chalenge; colder han usual; I suffered   more from inconvenience  than to any real depravation in my own life.We were well stocked  w/matces & candles, nearly ready to  eat foods; blankets & pet supplies. we use gas for cooking &only needed to srike a match to light the burners on the stove(electronic ignition, of course was lost)
I'm aware of no neighbors experiencing greater discomforts or loss.I was prepared to offer extra matches & helpfull tips to any needing it. we all stayed inside our own homes  & saw nothing of each other (typical of New Englanders)Embarassed
But hearring of what those in drought; flood tornasdo & wildfire areas endured;  was a different type of suffering for me. I could do nothing to help excpt p pray.
We donated to theRED CROSS  flood relief &later found that ur  donation was kept & sed /in our state.I guess it helped others here, but not thhose for whom we intended the help.
We donated to pet shelters in disaster areas( they too needed to repair/ rebuild & much time & $$$ was spent trying to reunite lost pets w/theirowners or transporting them t other(un-affected)areas for placement/adoption.
Plese learn rom this year"s(2011) history& be repared for other such disasters in the future:
.***Have your pet(s)fitted w/ identification in case their colar is lost; stock your pantry w/ edibles tht don't need cooking. ***Have  a MANUAL can opener in case you cannot operate your electric one.
 ***Have extra drinking water;  clean dry blankets& warm clothing on hand.
Have all life esential medications on hand( insulin ) heart meds; asthma & allergy   meds; oxygen ; whatever you must have to sustain & maintain life ,
****Have first-aid kits for your family  & your pets and be  sure items are still fresh & useable!

***a cellphone( fully charged) might be usefull (if affordable? to you?)

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 7:54 AM EST
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Ann,
I grew up in Joplin MO.  The tornado took out my High School.  It took out a house I rented over by the hospital it took out!  What the tornado gave back to me is my mother's first cousins.  I hunted and hunted until I found all of them safe & w/their own homes untouched.  The tornado helped me find my mom's favorite first cousin & I have been corresponding each day w/her thru email.  What first seemed like devesation has blessed me in so many ways!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & YOURS!

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 9:00 AM EST
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Hurricane Irene parked herself right over our house for 15 hours straight.  She was a mean one...thankfully we only lost 3 trees and had a huge mess to clean up.  Others were not so fortunate in our area.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 9:33 AM EST
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What an unfortunate year for so many people...... and none of it really touched my life.  
I suppose the Joplin tornado touched me the most and the Mississippi River flooding lasted s-o-o-o long and did so much damage.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 9:43 AM EST
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the Texas drought-------------i had already lost my two humongous oaks 3 yrs ago in hurricane ike------------balls up-------but neither hit my house or any others--so that was good---------but it really had an affect on my light bill-------------and that was the last significant rain we've had in this coastal area that is generally very moist---------------we've had almost 8 in. rain this month----------more than in the first 9 months all together----------but they are telling us that the grought is not over ---that we may still go most of next year------------i have another oak and a magnolia tree that are dead and waiting to be cut down--------and i still cannot replace any of them because of the drought

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 10:49 AM EST
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disaster was not in my area i am thankful but am sorry for the pepole who where.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 11:03 AM EST
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First: 6/4/2010
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We were really not too close to any of the diasters.The Tsunami in Japan was worrisome for my Brother in laws family.My niece was able to locate all of the family and all were just fine.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 11:17 AM EST
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First: 6/4/2010
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In Response to Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????:
GRANA  here; Fortunately we (NewEngland) were not affected as badly as other areas of the country . Groundhog day blizzard was bad for many here: homes lost power( wellsdid not pump; filtratiion  systems failed; no heat; hot water or cooking fuel for several weeks.Many in the POWER COMPANIES lost their jobs( for the ovelylong length of the power outage POWER COMPANY investors lost their investments  due to lawsuits& fines. l POWER COMPANY employees   lost their lives  trying to restore the power. Some residents lost their homes trying to heat w/ indoor fires ( not in fiireplaces )  Too many elderly & disabled lost their homes of independant living & had to move to nursing homes Many pets were lost(litterally or to death) during the storm  Priceless & irrepaceable art objects & paintings were damaged beyond repair While I was inconvenienced ( stuck indoors; cooking became a chalenge; colder han usual; I suffered   more from inconvenience  than to any real depravation in my own life.We were well stocked  w/matces & candles, nearly ready to  eat foods; blankets & pet supplies. we use gas for cooking &only needed to srike a match to light the burners on the stove(electronic ignition, of course was lost) I'm aware of no neighbors experiencing greater discomforts or loss.I was prepared to offer extra matches & helpfull tips to any needing it. we all stayed inside our own homes  & saw nothing of each other (typical of New Englanders) But hearring of what those in drought; flood tornasdo & wildfire areas endured;  was a different type of suffering for me. I could do nothing to help excpt p pray. We donated to theRED CROSS  flood relief &later found that ur  donation was kept & sed /in our state.I guess it helped others here, but not thhose for whom we intended the help. We donated to pet shelters in disaster areas( they too needed to repair/ rebuild & much time & $$$ was spent trying to reunite lost pets w/theirowners or transporting them t other(un-affected)areas for placement/adoption. Plese learnfrom this year"s(2-11) history& beprepared for othersch disasters in the future: . *** Have your pet(s)fitted w/ identification in case their colar is lost; stock your pantry w/ edibles tht don't need cooking. *** Have  a  MANUAL can opener in case you cannot operate your electric one.   *** Have extra drinking water;  clean dry blankets& warm clothing on hand. Have all life esential medications on hand( insulin ) heart meds; asthma & allergy   meds; oxygen ; whatever you must have to sustain & maintain life , **** Have first-aid kits for your family  & your pets and be  sure items are till fresh & useable! *** a cellphone( fully charged ) might be usefull (if affordable? to you?)
Posted by ann h





Ann,These are all important things to have on hand.I have a cordless phone that needs electricity,so I went out and bought one that doesn't need it .I have used this often when the power went out.Have batties on hand,buy a wind up alarm clock so you can tell what time it is and to remind yourself when to work or just to take your meds.This is imortant to be able to find lost pets I had both of my dogs microchipped,the cost was about $ 40 a piece.For those of you that don't know about microchipping I had this done when I had them spayed and nuetered.A small chip is inserted between their shoulders, it is about the size of a grain of rice.The needle they use is a large one so I chose to have this done when they were under anesthesia.My niece had her dog microchipped by her breeder and the dog was awake,he did have some pain.You register the dog with the maker of the microchip and leave contact numbers with them.I have a gas stove so I'm prepared to use this or our outside grill if we lose power and I also have a French press coffee pot that requires boiling water.I wouldn't want to go without coffee and I'm sure the people around me wouldn't want me to go without my coffee either. lol lol lol !

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 11:45 AM EST
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I have a big plastic carton in the basement.  It has all sorts of stuff except the telephone.  What sort of phone are you talking about?  The cell phone in my purse?
The most important stuff in the box is cat food.  And beside the carton  
there's a new litter box with an unopened box of litter.

And there's a plastic box with a couple small pillows,  a couple small blankets and two of those emergency blankets made for carrying in a car.

And - yikes - I've never thought of meds.  I carry spare/emergency meds in my purse but not stored in the stuff in the basement.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 4:32 PM EST
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when the fires started in july they were about 40mi of dead trees from me--------and i worried about getting out with meds and pet stuff-------because my ins requires me to buy my drugs at their mail-order i  a 3-month supply-------which would be hard to replace if lost-------------and i have 1 dog i buy six month supply of her heart-worm pill

i went to walmart looking for something to keep all of it in--------------i bought one of the red 12-can coolers-------that is zippered , and has a plastic insert liner--------it has mesh pockets on each and a velcro-flap pocket on front-----------and on top it has another zippered section for whatever--------

i put all my meds  vitamins ---------------------- except for the ones in my weekly pill box--------in the main part, all the papers showing info on drugs in the front pocket-----------------and in the top pouch i put the heartworm pills-----------her vet records and a new leash-----i figure i can buy food if i need it------i keep her carrier under a table near the front door and i keep the red carrier on top of my fridge.

i also have 2 old-fashioned phones and my cell phone--------------i have 7 hurricane lamps  and lots of oil available----plus batteries and flashlights--------------always available because there aren't many years that we dont't have at least a flood warning   ---after ike i didn't have lights or water for 14 days----------my phone was reconnected as emergency since my sister died in a hospice the day after ike hit----------and cell phone service was very erratic------with a lot of towers out

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 7:16 PM EST
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Hi   LISA K;I applaud your attitude & am so happy your  perseverence was rewarded by your finding  your loved ones ' safe  &  sound"
MO.  The tornado took out my High School.  It took out a house I rented over by the hospital it took out!  What the tornado gave back to me is my mother's first cousins.  I hunted and hunted until I found all of them safe & w/their own homes untouched.  The tornado helped me find my mom's favorite first cousin & I have been corresponding each day w/her thru email.  What first seemed like devesation has blessed me in so many ways! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & YOURS!
Posted by Lisa K[/QUOTE]

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posted at 12/28/2011 10:55 PM EST
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This was a bad year for a lot of people and my heart goes out to them all.  May we all have a better year in 2012!

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/28/2011 11:02 PM EST
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In Response to Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????:
I have a big plastic carton in the basement.  It has all sorts of stuff except the telephone.  What sort of phone are you talking about?  The cell phone in my purse? The most important stuff in the box is cat food.  And beside the carton   there's a new litter box with an unopened box of litter. And there's a plastic box with a couple small pillows,  a couple small blankets and two of those emergency blankets made for carrying in a car. And - yikes - I've never thought of meds.  I carry spare/emergency meds in my purse but not stored in the stuff in the basement.
Posted by Nancy G


Just a plain old land line that just plugs into a phone jack no electricity needed.The one we have is a cordless and needs electricity and a phone jack.You have to have electricity to recharge a cell phone so a phone charger for the car is also a good idea.I bought an old fashion wind up alarm clock ,for telling time and setting an alarm for work and taking meds on time.If you have meds in a box for emergencies remember to use it and replace so it doesn't expire.I also have flash lights,candles,batteries and lighters.A battery operated radio is also a good idea.

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posted at 12/29/2011 6:27 AM EST
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Thanks Gale ....... I'll buy a telephone today.   And I'll get a little supply of meds down there.   I'll remember to rotate them.

If, in any emergency where I need to get in the basement, I forget my PURSE I'm in trouble.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/29/2011 9:31 AM EST
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nancy-----------

if an emer requires you to leave and you have to go to a shelter-------------if you take your animal-----------you MUST--have a cage and proof of their immunization-----------------thats why i keep all that together------------also---------if you have meds in anything other than a labeled rx package you could lose them-------or if a controlled drug ---you could actually be charged----and although i don't have any of those-------i keep all meds in their orig rx bottle and papers together any time i travel anywhere 

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/29/2011 11:43 AM EST
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while this may not be weather related it was devastating to my famile

on 7/7/11 at around 3 pm my nephew ---------clifford t. hankins----------a 16yr fort worth tx police officer and former marine was shot while on duty------and the temperature was 112 degrees as he lay on the parking lot------------citizens came out and brought blankets to protect him from the scalding pavement----------and actually chased down and held the perpetrator ----------a recently released felon

cliff's wound was thru and thru his lower left belly and missed vital organs--------------but left him with nerve and other damage in his left hip-----------he still hasn't ret'd to work -----------he will go to work at the polce academy as an instructor when he does----because of his disability

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posted at 12/29/2011 1:05 PM EST
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Thank you Nellie .... I'll get the cats immunization records into their cage. 
My meds are pretty common and safe but vital for me -

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/29/2011 2:51 PM EST
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The floods around the Missouri River. I have friends that
had to relocate because of the high water.

Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????

posted at 12/29/2011 3:00 PM EST
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i realy can't pick as everyone was heart breaking  to much rain , snow ,people dead  losing there homesits all so sad . we are blessed here in de . we get bad storms but never like  other people in other states god bles sus all
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