A 5.9 earthquake was reported today in New York City. Initial reports on the cause say it was due to an overload of Captains and ranks above Captain, meeting at New York City Police Headquarters. The Department had been warned in the past that if they crammed too many high ranking bosses into the building that this could be the ultimate result.
Well it's been a busy few days, what with earthquakes and hurricanes and stuff.......I just about finished checking with relatives and friends to see how they're doing and how they did. Have a few more things to do in that area but right now I gotta take a breather. I'm pooped!
Now.....what have we learned from all this mother nature nonsense?
If Josh was online right now, I know he tell us, "Be Prepared" and he'd be right. I'm glad I took some precautions beforehand but until the stuff actually happens, you don't know if you've prepared 100% correctly. I kinda did, glad to say. But some people I know have no power and probably won't until later in the week. Real later in the week. No electricity, no gas in the car and little to no cell phone service.
The main reason I'm saying all this is that I think it's a good idea for people to have car chargers for their cells. And, it goes without saying that people shouldtry to have a full tank in their car before the storms, etc. I know people who didn't and now they're suffering even more than just not having electricity. I'm guilty right now too. I don't have a car charger but I'm getting one this week. You never know when they're going to come in handy.
... But some people I know have no power and probably won't until later in the week. Real later in the week. No electricity, no gas in the car and little to no cell phone service...The main reason I'm saying all this is that I think it's a good idea for people to have car chargers for their cells. I don't have a car charger but I'm getting one this week. You never know when they're going to come in handy.
It's all well and good to have a car charger, and to keep the cell charged, but it doesn't mean a damned thing if there's no electric transmission for the cell towers. I'm saying this from experience...two times over. Today I tried reaching my niece by phone. Three times. She has a cell phone...no land line. The phone would ring then go to voice mail, where I left messages. I received an email from her later in the day telling me that she knew I tried calling her, but she couldn't pick up the phone as there was no cell service in her area (in CT, which got hit kinda hard). Then, there was a situation two years back, during a blizzard, when I tried reaching my cousin to see if things were OK. SHE doesn't have a land line either, only cell phone. And, you guessed it, bad-weather-equals-no-cell-service! I couldn't get through other than to call her son ON A LAND LINE and ask him if his mom was all right. He, having had the same experience trying to reach her, drove out in several inches of snow just to check on her.
The moral of this story is this: Call me an old fart for not "taking to" all this new technology that kids today eat up. I'll keep my land line, knowing it practically requires a major disaster for it to lose service. And I don't have to charge its battery either!
I understand about the cell phone services maybe being down but I meant that some people had no cell phones because their batteries ran out. Some people I know didn't plan correctly and either didn't make sure their phone was charged or talked/texted so much that they ran their phones down into paperweight status. Sometimes people have to learn the hard way, I guess.
Before they forced everyone to have a cable connection or a converter box, I kept a portable TV/radio that plugged into the car outlet as well. When we lost power for a week due to a hurricane, it came in handy.
With the newer latest/ greatest cell phones, if you don't keep a charger of some sort with you, you are S.O.L. They run so many applications at one time, and the display screens are so large, the battery life is only good for about 8 hours. I like my phone (an HTC EVO), but the battery life is it's only negative.
Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.
The National Weather Service confirmed at least two separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Several other developing twisters were reported as a band of violent storms moved north through the metropolitan area. Officials had no immediate information about injuries.
Footage from highway video cameras showed a large, dark funnel cloud moving on the ground not far from a major interstate early Tuesday afternoon. Crumpled orange tractor trailers were later visible in a Dallas County parking lot, as well as flattened trailers along the sides of highways and access roads.
In Lancaster, south of Dallas, local television footage showed homes without roofs while other buildings were flattened. Plywood was strewn on the grass and on top of buildings. Residents could be seen walking down the street with firefighters and peering into homes, looking at the damage after the storm passed.
The storm pushed cars into fences and toppled trees. Branches and limbs were scattered across lawns and in the streets. A tow-behind RV was torn apart and crumpled in a driveway where part of a roof of the home was torn off.
"Obviously we're going to have a lot of assessments to make when this is done," Dallas County spokeswoman Maria Arita told The Associated Press.
We have a number of members who live and work in Texas. We here at Blue Pride hope for the best for them and their families. And we wish all the best to all of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety personnel down there. Stay safe and get through this. If and when you have the chance, check in with us and let us know how you are.
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Oklahoma and the surrounding areas are in our thoughts at the moment. Massive devastation. There were a couple of schools that were flattened but as far as I've hear, no fatalities to any children. I'm not sure about others yet. These tornadoes are no joke.
I'm hearing now that there are in fact fatalities to school children in at least one of the schools and other fatalities have been reported. This is a bad day. I hope the fatalities are minimal. Keep Oklahoma in your thoughts and prayers. And to our first responders and civilians involved in the rescue and recovery efforts....please be careful.
Having been born in Midwest City, a suburb of Oklahoma City, having spent my summers as a kid in Oklahoma, and having attended OSU for my undergraduate degree, I am familiar with the area around Moore, Oklahoma. My heart goes out to the people who have lost so much. And, Tommy is right... the children, the precious children who have been killed and injured, hurts us to our core. Somehow, we are programmed as sentient beings to protect the children with our very iives. When children are killed, it hurts our national soul. May eternal love look after them.
The CARE is in the CARING. M.H. - Thanatology / Traumatology - MPH, MS, MS, LSPT, CT, FT, CPE
19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill fire confirmed dead
YARNELL, Ariz. - Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night.
The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes.
The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes.
A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents from their homes.
Wendy Carter was one of those evacuated.
"My daughter came home this morning at 8 o'clock and said, 'Start packing,' and between my four grandkids and pets, we're stressing," said Carter.
The fire has burned about 1,300 acres in the community, 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
The blaze, likely caused by lightning, is moving at about a half mile per hour up a hill, getting dangerously close to homes.
Officials ordered immediate evacuations for the communities of Model Creek, Double A Bar Ranch and the Buckhorn subdivision.
"You could see it coming closer and closer and every time the wind would shift, it would start up another Part of it burning," said Carter. "I was scared, I was scared for animals and grandkids. I just knew we had to get out of there."
The Sheriff's office has sent out a reverse 911 call and officers went door-to-door to alert residents of the evacuation order.
Many residents only had a short time to pack up and get out.
"My biggest worry? Me and my grandkids are not going to have a place to go home to," said Carter.
State Route 89 is closed from mile post 269 to 285.
The Red Cross opened a shelter for evacuated residents at Yavapai College. They say 14 people will take refuge Sunday night.
A horrific story that is just coming in. Please keep these firefighters, their families and their co-workers in your thoughts and prayers. The extreme heat and the resulting fires in the western part of the US are mind boggling.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2013 22:14:51 GMT -5 by bluepride