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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

30 October - Sandy Makes Landfall

OYSTER BAY, NY - OCTOBER 28:  Fishermen wrap u...
OYSTER BAY, NY - OCTOBER 28: Fishermen wrap up their business late Sunday afternoon on a dock just off the Long Island Sound on October 28, 2012 in Oyster Bay, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
BAYVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28:  Brewster Jennings ...
BAYVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: Brewster Jennings of Locust Valley, New York takes advantage of the surf by sailboarding in the Long Island Sound on October 28, 2012 in Bayville, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
BAYVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: As Hurricane Sandy ...
BAYVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: As Hurricane Sandy approaches, resident take pictures of the elevated surf on the Long Island Sound on October 28, 2012 in Bayville, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Aerial view of the tip of Manhattan, New York,...
Aerial view of the tip of Manhattan, New York, 1942 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nicknames of several New Jersey communities ce...
Nicknames of several New Jersey communities celebrate their status as Jersey Shore resorts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dunes at Sandy Neck Beach, West Barnstable
Dunes at Sandy Neck Beach, West Barnstable (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A view of the boardwalk in Seaside He...
English: A view of the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey north of Casino Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Green Island and Long Island Sound seen from I...
Green Island and Long Island Sound seen from Indian Neck, Branford, adjacent to Guilford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Southern Manhattan and battery park
English: Southern Manhattan and battery park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A view of the boardwalk in Seaside He...
English: A view of the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey looking south toward Funtown Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sandy wreaks havoc across Northeast; at least 11 dead
Sandy whipped torrents of water over the streets of Atlantic City, stretching for blocks inland and ripping up part of the vacation spot's fabled boardwalk. The storm surge set records in Lower Manhattan, where flooded substations caused a widespread power outage. It swamped beachfronts on both sides of Long Island Sound and delivered hurricane-force winds from Virginia to Cape Cod as it came ashore.

In New York, lower Manhattan's Battery Park recorded nearly 14-foot tide, smashing a record set by 1960's Hurricane Donna by more than 3 feet
 In Seaside Heights, about 30 miles north of Atlantic City, Police Chief Thomas Boyd told CNN, "The whole north side of my town is totally under water."
The storm was blamed for more than 2.8 million outages across the Northeast.
Mass transit shut down across the densely populated Northeast, landmarks stood empty and schools and government offices were closed. The National Grid, which provides power to millions of customers, said 60 million people could be affected before it's over.
Tips from Katrina survivors



Max Maxwell Having been through a number of hurricanes myself, here is some basic safety advice (some of which is from hurricane authorities):

1. Stay away not only from standing water, but also do not attempt to drive your vehicle through them (even if you have a 4-wheel drive). The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
2. Please also avoid any downed power lines of any kind. Don't touch them in any way shape or form. People have been electrocuted by touching down power lines before.
3. Avoid areas where there is flying debris. The winds can change directions at anytime, and flying debris can hurt bystanders even fatally.
4. Don't go to the beach to watch the surf. Nature doesn't care if you are a "bystander".
5. If the authorities tell you to boil your water before drinking it, boil it. Hunker down if you live in a good building that is on higher ground.
6. If you live in a flood plain and have been flooded in the past, don't try to be brave if the water starts rising. Go to the emergency shelters.
7. Please also check on your neighbors especially the elderly. Make sure that they have enough of their medication on hand.
8. Put wooden or plastic outdoor furniture in your pool or inside with other loose items.

If you live in the path of the hurricane and it has not reached you, but is on its way,

a. Check with your city council or your building control authority to see if your home has been built to hurricane standards.
b. Check that the walls, roof and eaves of your home are secure.
c. Trim treetops and branches well clear of your home (get appropriate permission).
d. Preferably fit shutters, or at least metal screens, to all glass areas.
e. Clear your property of loose material that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during extreme winds.
f. In case of a storm surge/tide warning, or other flooding, know your nearest safe high ground and the safest access route to it.
g. Prepare an emergency kit containing:
** a portable battery radio, torch and spare batteries;
** water containers, dried or canned food and a can opener;
** matches, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking gear, eating utensils; and
a first aid kit and manual, masking tape for windows and waterproof bags.
** essential medications,
** warm clothing and baby formula/diapers/
** pet food

h. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display.
i. Fill vehicle fuel tanks and park vehicles under solid shelter..
j. Ensure household members know which is the strongest part of the house and what to do in the event of a hurricane warning or an evacuation.
k. Tune to your local radio/TV for further information and warnings.

If things are about to get really dicey, make sure that you pack critical important papers, photos and mementos in waterproof bags to be taken with your emergency kit. If you are going to a public shelter, take bedding needs and books or games for children, and if you cannot take your pets, please make sure that they have plenty of food and water.

Pack an evacuation kit of warm clothes, essential medications, baby formula, nappies, valuables, important papers, photos and mementos in waterproof bags to be taken with your emergency kit. A battery powered radio is also very useful.
Please remember to avoid using candles if the power goes off. A gust of wind from an open window can easily flip them over and set your house on a fire. Please use battery powered lights instead.

Please remember to (i) TURN OFF and disconnect all electrical and other appliance, (ii) turn off gas and water, and (iii) lock doors before leaving for emergency shelters, Wear strong shoes (not sandals or flip flops) and tough clothing for protection. Nails from planks on the ground will easily go through a flip flop and into the bottom of your feet.

When the hurricane strikes and if you are in your house/apt:
A. Disconnect all electrical appliances if you have not done so already. Listen to your battery radio for updates.
B. Stay inside and shelter {well clear of windows) in the strongest part of the building, i.e. cellar, internal hallway or bathroom. Keep evacuation and emergency kits with you.
C. If the building starts to break up, protect yourself with mattresses, rugs or blankets under a strong table or bench or hold onto a solid fixture, e.g. a water pipe.
D. BEWARE the calm 'eye'. If the wind drops, don't assume the hurricane is over; violent winds will soon resume from another direction. Wait for the official 'all clear'.
E. If driving, stop (handbrake on and in gear) - but well away from the sea and clear of trees, power lines and streams. Stay in the vehicle. However, if you must step out of your vehicle, be careful where you step. If you have to cross standing water, there may be debris or even downed power lines that you cannot see and you may step on them, harming yourself.

If you must drive during the hurricane, make sure that in addition to your emergency kits and blankets, you have a hammer inside the car to help you shatter your window or windshield from inside to escape if your car gets swept away into a ditch or stream, and if you are unable to open your car doors. Please drive slowly (without cruise control on) with your headlights on and near the center line; watch other drivers carefully; leave a safety zone around you; brake slowly if you have to since you will have less friction; and if you start skidding, act as you would while driving in snow, turn into a skid. Avoid jerky movements and avoid running water as stated above. Pull over if you cannot see what is ahead and the rain is too heavy.

   Sandy Photos

At Least 13 Dead As Superstorm Hits East Coast
A massive storm ravages the Northeast, knocking out power to millions, shutting down airports and flooding countless homes. Storm Photos  Twitter Photos


Nuclear Plant Issues Alert As Floodwaters Rise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency took to Twitter with a bit of sound advice: Use text messages or social networks to communicate. This will reduce congestion on mobile networks, allowing for better communication for everyone in the path of Frankenstorm.

The Internet has banded together and published a number of resources to help manage communication and disaster relief.

Twitter has also thrown out some helpful tips and resources, which you can find here.http://blog.twitter.com/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-resources-on-twitter.html

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a child approached Esther Rantzen, who has worked at the BBC and founded the charity ChildLine, a 24-hour confidential helpline that takes more than a million telephone calls a year providing free counselling for children to discuss abuse and neglect: Nothing. In an interview with Sky TV, she justified her inertia.

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