Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 20-26

By: Patrap , 1:34 PM GMT on May 08, 2007

"Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy."
- BILL PROENZA, DIRECTOR
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

This year Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 20-26, 2007

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.


Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

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What are the Hurricane Hazards?
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What does it mean to you?
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What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety


* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.


* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.

Immunizations

Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.

Mosquitoes

Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a “Major Disaster” for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster “second hand” through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.

SIGNS OF HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.

EASING HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans

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177. Patrap
5:56 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
Hello Babygurl
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176. BABYGURL
3:53 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
Morning Patrap- HAVE A GREAT DAY!
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175. EmmyRose
3:52 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
7 appear in court for allegedly looting in Greensburg
By ROXANA HEGEMAN

Associated Press Writer


MULLINVILLE, Kan. — Four Fort Riley soldiers and a McPherson reserve police officer were charged Wednesday with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft charges after they allegedly looted cigarettes and alcohol from a store in Greensburg in the days after a deadly tornado struck.

The men made their first court appearances Wednesday, along with two others accused of looting and two teens accused of sneaking into the city.

The hearing for all nine was held in a makeshift courtroom relocated here after the tornado tore off part of the roof of the historic Greensburg courthouse. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland moved the Kiowa County District Court operations to Mullinville from the county seat of Greensburg because of tornado damage.

The seven people accused of looting found little sympathy from District Judge Daniel Love. The soldiers were released to the provost marshal without bond, at the request of Fort Riley. For the three others accused of looting, bond was set at $75,000.

The Fort Riley soldiers are Pvt. James W. Sweene, 21, of Cascade, Neb.; Pvt. Jacob B. Kilgore, 20, of Donaldsonville, Ga.; Pfc. Spencer T. Basoco, 20, of Parsons, Kan.; and Pvt. Joel A. Dominguez, 20, of League City, Texas. They, along with reserve officer Joseph G. Novak, 59, are accused of stealing from a Dillons grocery store on Saturday, the day after the tornado hit Greensburg.

"I have considered the fact that there are circumstances that are extreme. We are dealing with a disaster of epic proportions," Judge Daniel Love said, noting that soldiers should have been protecting the public.

Also charged were David Sheley, 20, and James K. Carlisle, 22, both from Pratt, for allegedly impersonating Red Cross volunteers to enter the city. The two face a felony charge of burglary, a misdemeanor charge of theft of property, and a charge of false impersonation or false membership claim. They are accused of stealing from the Dillons store on Sunday. Authorities have not said what they allegedly took.

Kiowa County Attorney Candace Lattin asked the judge to set a high bond, noting that there was a big concern about protecting the public from defendants who allegedly "burglarized and stole from people who have everything taken away from them."

Carlisle told the judge he really is a volunteer with the Red Cross but just failed to check in that day.

None of the others spoke during the hearing, and they did not yet have attorneys. For most, the judge said he would appoint public defenders.

Adan Gonzalez-Mata, 17, and Alejandro Vergana, 18, were charged with obstructing the legal process or official duty and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors. Authorities say the two teenagers, along with four other people who have been handed over to federal authorities on immigration charges, were found Monday in Greensburg after allegedly coming into town a back way and refusing to obey police orders.

No federal charges have yet been filed in those cases, said Jim Cross, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

The judge set the teens' bond at $10,000.

The four soldiers, who told authorities they had come to Greensburg on their own to help with the cleanup and recovery, are with the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Riley.

Alison Kohler, spokeswoman for the post, said the military had not yet decided whether to charge the soldiers under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The district court will be in Mullinville until the Kiowa County Courthouse in Greensburg is "sufficiently repaired and suitable for the return of court business," McFarland wrote in her order moving the operations. The courthouse survived the tornado, which destroyed more than 90 percent of the south-central Kansas town, but the building was damaged and the entire city was still without electricity or water on Wednesday.

Ron Keefover, a spokesman for the state judicial branch, said court officials salvaged court equipment and moved court records and supplies to Mullinville on Monday and Tuesday. McFarland said students from Greensburg High School, staff at Haviland State Bank, electricians, carpenters and others helped with the move.

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174. Patrap
3:08 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
Road Home short by $2.9 billion, ICF says
Posted by The Times-Picayune May 10, 2007 8:13PM


By David Hammer
Staff writer

BATON ROUGE -- A review by Road Home contractor ICF International has found that the homeowner aid program is $2.9 billion short of serving all eligible applicants.

And the budget shortfall exceeds $4 billion if the state can't come to an agreement with federal officials over the use of about $1.1 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation funding for purchasing damaged homes to turn the properties into green space, ICF determined.

Fears over the shortfall not only raised questions about how much money will be left for the Road Home's 115,000 unserved applicants, but they prevented the Louisiana Recovery Authority from kick-starting the state's long-range recovery plan at its board meeting Thursday. LRA member Sean Reilly said Thursday the LRA could have given $70 million to begin financing a passenger rail line from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, a key proposal of the Louisiana Speaks regional plan, but it needed to sort out the Road Home shortfall first.

Donald Powell, chairman of President Bush's Gulf Coast Rebuilding Office, met Wednesday with Gov. Kathleen Blanco to discuss the gaping hole in Road Home financing. Powell's office has indicated it would consider helping Louisiana get more money if it could document a clear need and a reason the $10.4 billion it got last year wasn't sufficient.

Andy Kopplin, executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, said Thursday that the state would provide Powell with the details of ICF's findings. Susan Aspey, Powell's spokeswoman, said Powell asked the state to identify how it plans to address the situation, but hasn't yet seen a detailed analysis.

Kopplin told the LRA's appointed board of directors Thursday that the shortfall stems from three faulty assumptions when the program began last summer.

"There are more homeowners applying ... higher cost to repair and less insurance than we expected. That's the story of this analysis by ICF," he said to the LRA board, which created the Road Home and set its budget, but takes pains to point out that it doesn't manage the program.

"Reasonable estimates were made with the information at hand," Kopplin added.

The information at hand last November was based on Federal Emergency Management Agency damage estimates of 120,560 owner-occupied homes with major or severe damage. Based on those data, ICF assumed the program would end up serving 114,532 homeowners, and the LRA budgeted accordingly for a $7.5 billion program.

That included $6.9 billion to compensate homeowners and $756 million to pay ICF to run the Road Home program.

The new ICF review, however, estimates the Road Home will need $9.8 billion to serve 132,215 homeowners. The program promises eligible applicants rebuilding or buyout grants of up to $150,000 each; elevation grants of up to $30,000 apiece; up to $7,500 each for individual storm protection measures like storm shutters; and up to $50,000 each for low-income forgivable loans.

ICF's report provided a window on how the original budget estimates came up so short. Based in part of the FEMA estimates, ICF guessed the average grant would be $60,109, with 52 percent suffering severe damage and 76 percent of homeowners' loss being covered by insurance proceeds.

But based on the current situation, ICF says 72 percent of the eligible homes will have severe damage, and only 61 percent of their losses will be covered by insurance, making the average award $74,173.

FEMA said it can't vouch for the applicability of its damage estimates in the Road Home, implying the state never should have relied on the figures in the first place.

"Our inspections after disasters are designed to confirm or deny eligibility for FEMA individual assistance," said FEMA spokesman Ronnie Simpson. "It's not designed for anything else."

Powell's office, meanwhile, sticks by the FEMA estimates and said the state needs to provide details on its calculations.

"Since we have yet to see any details from the state, we have no reason to believe the numbers compiled last year -- which were agreed upon by all parties and pulled from sources inside and outside the federal government -- are not accurate," Aspey said.

To calculate its projection, ICF disclosed some new details about its applicant pool. As of May 1, the Road Home program had received 158,010 applications, but 28,644 were thrown out immediately as ineligible. ICF estimates 16,955 of the remainder will be found to be duplicates or ineligible later in the review process.

Another 13,756 have applied long ago but not scheduled a first appointment, so are not expected to pursue an award.

But ICF also expects to receive another 20,384 eligible applications as the program moves forward. And 14,809 homes considered ineligible in the original FEMA estimates, because they were judged not to have major or severe damage, should become eligible for Road Home after an independent home evaluations, ICF predicted.

David Hammer can be reached at dhammer@timespicayune.com or at (504) 826-3322.
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173. Madrid
2:04 PM GMT on May 11, 2007


Good morning {{Pat}}. Have a wonderful Friday.
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172. charlestonlady
1:19 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
Good morning pat! have a fabulous friday! hope all is well.
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171. EmmyRose
1:09 PM GMT on May 11, 2007
Morning Pat!
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170. Raysfan70
9:54 AM GMT on May 11, 2007
Good Morning {{Pat}}!
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169. Barefootontherocks
4:49 AM GMT on May 11, 2007



Have a great weekend.
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168. Patrap
12:35 AM GMT on May 11, 2007
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167. Patrap
11:42 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Shes a traitor I say..LOL
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166. Patrap
11:41 PM GMT on May 10, 2007

Jazz Fest New Orleans 2007

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165. sandcrab39565
11:34 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Pat she is just being a mental health worker.
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164. Patrap
11:31 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Nova has gone to Nursing the almost full grown cats..Im embarrased
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163. sandcrab39565
9:24 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
News > State Thursday, May 10, 2007

State Posted on Tue, May. 08, 2007reprint or license print email Digg it del.icio.us AIM State to test hurricane plan
MEMA will coordinate two-day exercise
By HOLBROOK MOHR
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

JACKSON --A simulated Category 3 hurricane will bear down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast today, and emergency operations officials say the drill could highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the state's hurricane plan.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will coordinate the two-day hurricane preparedness drill involving hundreds of emergency officials and support personnel from every major state agency, said MEMA Director Mike Womack.

MEMA officials will track and evaluate a mock storm that will have an intensity similar to Hurricane Ivan, a Category 3 hurricane that pounded Alabama and the Florida Panhandle in 2004.

"There's really only two ways to evaluate plans. You absolutely have to have exercises," Womack said, adding that the only other way to effectively gauge a plan is a real hurricane.

Womack said some 300 to 500 people will participate in the exercise, which will occur largely behind the scenes. There won't be any major movement of equipment, but the drill will give officials the opportunity to test lines of communication between the state and local emergency operations centers.

Butch Loper, the emergency operations director in coastal Jackson County, welcomes the drill because he wants to evaluate what he considers potential flaws in the state's plan.

"The main thing I have trouble understanding is why they are putting all their eggs in one basket with the Internet as the way to communicate. My perspective of what happened to me during Hurricane Katrina is that ain't going to work," Loper said. "I'm hoping that this will give me an opportunity to make a point."

Loper said the plan's reliance on computer communication is a problem underscored by the several days Jackson County was without Internet service in the wake of Katrina.

"The plan we're going under... has never been tried," Loper said. "I've got a lot of apprehensions."

Rupert Lacy, deputy director of the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center, said he also has some concerns. He hopes those will be alleviated during the drill.

"There have been major changes in the plan and this will be the first opportunity to work some of those issues out," Lacy said. "It gives us a good working knowledge of what we can expect out of the state of Mississippi, our counterparts in MEMA."

When the drill begins, the simulated storm will be 48 hours from landfall, Womack said.

"During that time period, you make your decisions on evacuation. You make your decisions on major sheltering. You make your decisions on deployment of food, water and ice and equipment you might need," Womack said.

He said on Wednesday the exercise would focus on post-landfall responses, including search and rescue and emergency medical needs.

Womack would not say what strength the fictitious storm will be when it hits or where it would make landfall because he wants it to be just as unpredictable for those involved as a real hurricane would be.



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162. sandcrab39565
9:06 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
News > Politics AP Thursday, May 10, 2007

Politics AP Posted on Thu, May. 10, 2007reprint or license print email Digg it del.icio.us AIM White House doles out millions in grants
By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON --The Bush administration on Thursday divvied up $445 million in grants to protect commuters, shipping ports, and transit systems from attacks - a boost of more than 10 percent from last year.

The Department of Homeland Security devoted most of the money to seaports and mass transit: $202 million for ports, $155 million in grants to bus and rail lines, and $48.5 million for critical infrastructure around the United States.

Smaller amounts were distributed to protect the nation's passenger rail carrier Amtrak, and bus services like Greyhound and Trailways, as well as trucking and passenger ferry services.

Grant awards are closely scrutinized by city and state officials who measure their funding against previous years - though the bigger fight is usually over which cities are judged at highest risk of attack, and how much money they each get.

New York City, which has complained for years that such grants are spread around too widely, was a big recipient of transit and port aid again this year, receiving some $93 million.

Some of that money is shared with New Jersey and Connecticut, where many of the city's workers live. The area received $79.5 million in 2006, and $50 million in 2005.



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161. reeldrlaura
6:56 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Too sexy, by far.........gotta gooooooooo
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160. Patrap
6:54 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Cheney resting from that long plane ride ride back from Iraq. Bet he had the runs all the way back..More TP for the VP!..LOL
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159. FloridaScuba
6:52 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
thanks pat, and thank the vp for me too

lol
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158. EmmyRose
6:52 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
ya you have a nice day now okay?
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157. Patrap
6:51 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
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156. FloridaScuba
6:51 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
there it goes
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155. reeldrlaura
6:51 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
ya, sure you betcha, Emmy........gotta go, but I'll ketcha when I get back then.
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154. EmmyRose
6:50 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
LOL They ususally do maintenance at night
someone must be having fun with the youtube site I reckon.
Yep Cheney will come thru for ya Pat and while you have him on the phone...........
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153. Patrap
6:48 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
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152. Patrap
6:48 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
He said NO. MAybe Later..Raaaaaannnnt! 4
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151. Patrap
6:46 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Ill turn them back on..give me a sec.Gotta get Cheney on the phone...
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150. FloridaScuba
6:45 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
i'm getting http error. they ping, so their apache is either broken or hacked. probably not traffic related. they could be updating too... but i doubt they'd do that mid-day
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149. EmmyRose
6:45 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Pat probably took youtube over.

You're FROM South Dakota
anyone left then? LOL
My son is in Minnesota
so I can joke with ya.
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148. FloridaScuba
6:43 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
hey patrap, you notice youtube is down?
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147. reeldrlaura
6:42 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
That's how we did it where I come from! (South Dakota)
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146. EmmyRose
6:41 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
how cool was that Pat?
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145. Patrap
6:39 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Frozen Fish..LOL
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144. reeldrlaura
6:38 PM GMT on May 10, 2007


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143. Patrap
6:32 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
I fell in Love with Legs downtown as My Mom was Layout artist for times Picayune and she took me to Maison Blanche and Holmes for lunch to giggle at her clients. ANd she knew all the cosmetics counter ladies. Cleavege,..Este Lauder..Chanel..ahhh. The memories..LOL!

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142. EmmyRose
6:31 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
LOL Reel - you're a hoot
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141. reeldrlaura
6:29 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Will do Patrap! Time flies when you're havin RUM!

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140. EmmyRose
6:29 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Okay okay lets get this real straight my man
RUM is served ALL DAY LONG in emergency siutations......my place is a *happy* place.
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139. Patrap
6:27 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Well..at least some pics to post for us!
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138. Patrap
6:26 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
OKAY Drlaura..stay reel..and bring me back some sand and a Hat!..Lovs ya!
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137. Patrap
6:26 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Everyone Remain Calm..Emmy is in Control.."Please save the rum for after dinner!"..1
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136. EmmyRose
6:24 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
you're hired

dang girl grab some fish for me - sounds like heaven!
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135. reeldrlaura
6:23 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
I'm off to the Santa Fe river for a few days Pat, no tv, no internet, no PHONE! Lots of fish, though and I'll be after them! Catch up with y'all in a few days.
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134. Patrap
6:23 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
ANd only if I can volunteeer at the Shelter and Talk like Hank Hill and get a flashlight and a HAt too.
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133. EmmyRose
6:22 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
As soon as you and the family come thru the pirates deck, I shall hand it to you freshly
baked
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132. Patrap
6:21 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Only if I get Jalepeno Cheese Bread and Barbecue.
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131. EmmyRose
6:20 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Yep I'm sure you will always have a special
place in your heart for Memphis Pat.
Next time...come to Houston ♥
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130. Patrap
6:20 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
"All you need is Love" Lennon..Great Man, shot in the back,.. very sad 4
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129. Patrap
6:14 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
Jack Daniels and Bar-b-cue and Elvis never sounded and tasted so good.Spect it never will.
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128. reeldrlaura
6:13 PM GMT on May 10, 2007
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