The group of more than 20 people thought they had left their homes in Galveston County in plenty of time to beat Hurricane Ike's expected arrival. But as they got into their cars at 4 a.m. Saturday and caravanned out of town, they quickly realized their timing was off.
One by one their cars were topped by waves and shoved around. As each car stopped running, they'd pile into the remaining vehicles. Eventually they ran out of cars and had to walk off the peninsula. http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou080914_tj_crystal_beach_bolivar_damage_ike.7a0a4be9.html
I HAVE TO say this...
From an ex-EMS worker (ME).
We do what we do because we LOVE it. We dont sit in judgement of the circumstances that brought us and this person that needs our help..we are glad that we can be there and maybe do our little part to ease someone's suffering....howEVER they came by it.
We (I know I certainly never did) don't see ourselves as being 'put out' by the "frequent flyer"...the drunk that we know by his first name that we get calls on every few days by someone that sees them laying on the street somewhere and calls us. We don't feel 'put out' by the calls we get of shortness of breath that are anxiety attacks, not cardiopulmonary events...I could go on. There are lots of calls we get that some might think we SHOULD feel 'put out' for getting......The fact of the matter is, most of us DON'T. This is our JOB. This is what we DO. And we do it...because we LOVE doing it.
Just thought, since there seem to be posts about this, I'd offer another perspective.
Has anyone here ever had to go to a shelter?
Greetings from Houston. Still without power making me the most popular guy on the block with extension cords running from my house. I am at about 80% load right now but should be down to normal as more generators are appearing. I was the only one on my block with one and I know of 3 more that have been purchased with a couple more coming in today. We are taking care of each other. Gas is a big problem. Gas stations are out because of power and the ones with power are not getting a steady supply despite promises that gas was pre-staged. People line up at stations with power and just wait for the trucks. Power could be out for weeks,
Everyone I know made it through ok. Lots of damage. My Dad's house a tree through the middle of it.
FEMA needs to get its act together. PODS (Points of Distribution) were given to FEMA and when no supplies showed up, FEMA decided that it was the City and County's job to distribute. That is not what they said before the storm. Also, FEMA was supposed to come in and relieve First Responders and feed them. That did not happen and first responders (God Bless em) worked for 60 hours straight at least and citizens were feeding them.
Galveston is a mess and since there are restrictions on reporters we still do not have the full story. There is a news blackout as no city employee is allowed to talk to reporters. There are also restrictions on reporters, they can not broadcast any images of bodies. (Election year) So there might be quite a tragedy in Galveston that has not been reported yet.
I did hear one survivor from the west end describing floating in the water hanging on a beam of some sort and they lost people that were hanging on with them.
Not much more to say except Houston is a strong community. We take care of each other. We are self reliant as much as possible. Some great acts of heroism will never be told but they happened all over the area.
Wind at my house was sustained 59 mph with gust to 88. We got lucky.