Hurricane IRMA........

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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby jcz1 » Fri Sep 29, 2017

Both the Keys and PR had most buildings damaged or destroyed (PR was worse from the reporting I've seen), and significant damage to the power grid. PR is saying months without power, I think it was weeks for the Keys.

The biggest advantage the Keys have is they can drive to the mainland, while many in PR are stranded. In PR, there are reports of civil disobedience. Truckers are requesting escorts when they move supplies, as there is concern about raiding. Even medical personnel interviewed by MSNBC said they need escorting.

Trump didn't wave the Jones Act for PR until yesterday, telling reporters earlier this week that he had left the rule in place at the behest of the U.S. shipping industry. (Putting business before people. Sad.) It was waved much quicker for Texas and Florida.

Today, there was this disturbing tweet from Trump: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!”

No such concern was raised about the Keys. :roll:

On the plus side, all the players stood for the anthem at last night's game, so maybe Trump can spend less time worrying about the NFL now. :roll:
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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby jcz1 » Fri Sep 29, 2017

jcz1 wrote:FCC Chairman wants Apple to enable FM in iPhones for emergencies

"Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted (activating the chips)," said Pai in a statement. "But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria."

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/28/fcc ... ergencies/


Oops:

Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have

The only problem? Apple hasn’t even included FM radio chips in iPhones since the iPhone 6s.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/28/whose-fcc-is-this/
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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby tdtwedt » Fri Oct 06, 2017

There are more ways than one to skin a cat.

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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby jcz1 » Wed Nov 08, 2017

The national news doesn't really cover Puerto Rico much lately, except to give updates on the percentage of the island without power (near 60%). ABC's "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin recently went there, and here is a 6-minute video from her trip:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/weeks-hurrican ... d=51018137

One surprising take-away for me was that generators are still in short supply, with people waiting and hoping at big-box stores like we do for the hot xmas toy. The report also mentioned that enough of San Juan is up and running that they are ready for tourists. One bakery owner is spending $1500 a week to keep his generator running, running his business at a loss so his employees have a job.
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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby xelint » Wed Nov 08, 2017

jcz1 wrote:The national news doesn't really cover Puerto Rico much lately, except to give updates on the percentage of the island without power (near 60%). ABC's "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin recently went there, and here is a 6-minute video from her trip:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/weeks-hurrican ... d=51018137

One surprising take-away for me was that generators are still in short supply, with people waiting and hoping at big-box stores like we do for the hot xmas toy. The report also mentioned that enough of San Juan is up and running that they are ready for tourists. One bakery owner is spending $1500 a week to keep his generator running, running his business at a loss so his employees have a job.



Elon Musk has installed the powerwall and panels at the Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico. Interesting to see how it turns out if he is able to convert most of the island to solar.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/27/elon-musks-tesla-delivers-solar-power-puerto-rico-childrens/

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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby jcz1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017

GMA this morning devoted a lot of time during each of their 4 half-hours to hurricane recovery efforts, with a lot of emphasis on the forgotten victims in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). I think they said about 80% are still without power there. They also covered PR, Houston, and the Florida Keys. Here is a link to some of the coverage:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-vict ... d=51109051

This one mentioned a program that I just signed up for - Adopt a Family USVI. (They also include PR.) Here is what they say when you sign up:

We are so thankful for your support in helping provide a family with basic needs and more importantly, hope! By adopting a family you are committing to sending (1) Priority Large Flat Rate Boxes (12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 6") to a family in need. You will be sent a basic summary about the family and provided with a wishlist. Your confirmation email will include shipping information.


You can choose one of the 3 USVI or PR, or let them select for you. Getting a list of what someone needs makes it easy, and I'm already familiar with shipping stuff out. They also suggest including a note of HOPE - I'm sure I can google something for that part. :shh:

http://www.adoptafamilyusvi.com/
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Re: Hurricane IRMA........

Postby jcz1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017

GMA did a quick follow-up. They said 12000 people signed up since they talked about them Monday morning. I thought that might delay the response, but I just heard back.

I chose St. Thomas (USVI). I didn't get a family, which is a little disappointing. Instead, I have a list of items which will be distributed to an Elder in need (I'm guessing more than one, each getting some items from the box). Here is the list:

- common needs: body/facial body wipes, blanket/towel, mosquito repellent/net to avoid Zika, basic hygiene essentials, hand held flashlights and fans, snacks, "Life Straw" water filtration stick (clean water is hard to come across), socks, easy to open canned goods (canned fruit/tuna/vegetables, soups, please avoid vienna sausages), t-shirt size adult L, over the counter medications like tylenol/ibuprofen especially neosporin for open cuts, batteries c/d cell in original packaging to ship, Lysol wipes or vinegar to fight mold and a personalized note of hope!

Some of these items I know where to find deals (CVS for batteries and generic tylenol, for example), but if anyone has ideas on this, feel free to let me know. (Except membership clubs like Costco, I refuse to pay to shop. Also, I refuse to join any club that would accept me as a member :lol: ).
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