Where's FEMA??

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    Where's FEMA??

    Something I found interesting.

    (For those of you who are not aware, ND got hit with it's first blizzard of the season this past week.)
    This text is from county emergency manager out in the western part of the state this morning.

    Amusing..

    WEATHER BULLETIN

    Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic --- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" with a historic blizzard of up to 24" inches of snow and winds to 50 MPH that broke trees in half, stranded hundreds of motorist in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands. George Bush did not come.... FEMA staged nothing.... no one howled for the government... no one even uttered an expletive on TV...nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards..... no one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.... no news anchors moved in.
    We just melted snow for water, sent out caravans to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars, fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Aladdin lamps and put on an extra layer of clothes.
    Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early...we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
    Everybody is fine.
    Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it has to be done, regardless of the consequences

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    People, and/or the media, should not even start to compare the damage,destruction,deaths,people w/o power,water,sewage facilities(down here when we loose power we loose the pumping stations), to a Hurricane's wrath. I'm in favor of people helping themselves(as long as it's not the LEO's to Caddies) but to compare a NorEaster or a winters storm in the North Central U.S. to Rita,Katrina,Ivan,Dennis,or the others that have passed through the FL,AL,MS,LA,areas,is at best a bunch of crappola. Also, "amusing", that's right,it's totally laughable.--------

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    Different extent and type of damage, of course, but I still believe that the "tongue in cheek" report is good in pointing out people's individual need to be prepared and take responsibility for their own survival. I found it amusing that people were lined up in long lines for ice and water just hours after the last hurricane went through Florida. It was obvious some people took absolutely no precautions, rather just lined up for the freebies.
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    Your surely right about some people not taking matters into their own hands and gettin' preped for the worst. All of us down here knows what a hurricane is. We all know how to read a map of where it's going and when it will make landfall. The hurricane trackers have it,pretty much,down to a fine science. We are all told what cat. storm it will be. We are all told to evac. Some people are really foolhardy. It's even worse to see the families with tiny children that refuse to evac. My wife and I have stayed through these storms. For Dennis we came close to leaving. Everything we own is here in this house in Pensacola. We have nowhere to go. I told my wife that we'll stay for property damage but if I feel that her and I could be injured,we're outta here. Dennis did $15K in damage to our property. When we decided to stay that was with a great deal of pre-storm prep work. We don't expect help from anybody. We will help ourselves. We will protect ourselves. BUT-----allot of people down here don't do a damn thing in prep for the incoming storm. As the storm passed they are the first to make it to the handout line. Hell,they are the people that are taking the handouts the other 364 days a year so they already know how to do it.-------

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    rssz.. we got some of the same kind of people here. wonder if they're related to the ones in your area?

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    Guys, yes the report was tongue-in-cheek, but sheesh.

    I live in Las Vegas, the middle of the desert, where we don't get much weather. I have 50 gallons of bottled water put away. Enough propane canisters to supply my camp stove and lantern for about a month. enough food in the freezer and shelfs to feed me for a couple of weeks.

    My point is, if I lived where you guys do, and I have lived in Biloxi and Ft Walton Beach, is that I'd have twice as much stuff without knowing a Cat 5 Storm was on the way. And then I'd still be ready to book for the hills. A Backpack and camping supplies are all you need to survive for several days on your own.

    It has long been a belief of mine that if nothing more that the power went out for an long and indefinite amount of time, most people couldn't survive. Without the Government coming to the rescue a heck of a lot of people would just shrivel up and die.

    I'm going to include something here that I just got in email. I agree with the man.


    George Carlin on New Orleans


    "Been sitting here with my butt in a wad, wanting to speak out about the BS going on in New Orleans. For the people of New Orleans... First we would like to say, Sorry for your loss. With that said, Let's go through a few hurricane rules: (Unlike an earthquake, we know it's coming)

    #1. A mandatory evacuation means just that...Get the hell out.
    Don't blame the Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see the argument. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs. (We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)

    #2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables.
    If you didn't do this, it's not the Government's fault you're starving.

    #2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some.
    (Remember, shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible.
    Leave them alone.)

    #2b. If the local store has been looted of food or water, leave your neighbor's TV and stereo alone. (See #2a) They worked hard to get their stuff. Just because they were smart enough to leave during a mandatory evacuation, doesn't give you the right to take their stuff...it's theirs, not yours.

    #3. If someone comes in to help you, don't shoot at them and then complain no one is helping you. I'm not getting shot to help save some ******* who didn't leave when told to do so.

    #4. If you are in your house that is completely under water, your belongings are probably too far gone for anyone to want them. If someone does want them, let them have them and hopefully they'll die in the filth. Just leave!
    (It's New Orleans, find a voodoo warrior and put a curse on them.)

    #5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you? You want to live below sea-level, do your country some good and join the Navy.

    #6. Regardless of what the Poverty Pimps Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to believe, The US Government didn't create the Hurricane as a way to eradicate the black people of New Orleans; (Neither did Russia as a way to destroy America). The US Government didn't cause global warming that caused the hurricane (We've been coming out of an ice age for over a million
    years).

    #7. The government isn't responsible for giving you anything.
    This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but you gotta
    work for what you want. McDonalds and Wal-Mart are always hiring, get a damn job and stop spooning off the people who are actually working for a living.

    President Kennedy said it best..."Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

    Thank you for allowing me to rant.
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    Nice thoughts, but Snopes.com has it that Carlin did not write them.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    i dont care who wrote it hes right though

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    ^^^ Amen to that! Notice that the people of MS & AL followed the rules, while the people of Miami and the Keys didn't. Makes you wonder...

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    Whoever wrote it, they are 100% correct.
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    I most always agree with Carlin. In this case
    I do once more. The,gimmee,gimmee,whatcha gonna do fer me,help me, attitude is pathetic. Our small neighborhood helps itself. We all build up supplies before the storm. During we have flashlight signals out the window. After we share ice,MRE's,bottled water,propane and anything else that our neighbors need. We also share the security duty. We are as prepared as we can be. At night we actually patrol our neighborhood(two man teams) armed with shotguns and open carry sidearms. Our little neighborhood of 20 homes also has 2 county LEO's living in it. After the wind dies down they have to report to work and the other families watch out for their families. Open carry in Fla. is illegal but after a storm,when protecting what belongs to us,in our area, the Leo's think it's fine. It's amazeing how that attitude changes while helping to protect their families. Our patrols will turn cars around when coming into our area,and send them back out the neighborhood. This with shotgun in hand. People need to look out for themselves. I can't figure out why that seems to be so GD hard.---------

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    acparmed Great Thread

    I most always agree with both Carlin & RSSZ.
    This thread is no exception.
    Thanks for posting it acparmed.
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