To those of you in New York without power rationing gasoline that may happen to read this

Slabbed’s old Katrina wind-water insurance posts are getting a nice workout lately courtesy of google. As the name of this place implies we, as a cyber community, have a wee bit of knowledge on the subject thus these musing are born of personal experience.  I have a Sandy insurance post coming and I am noticing the insurance media and their plants are busy trying to dumb down everyone with the meme insurers do not know how to legally interpret one of their own policy clauses in anti concurrent causation. This post deals with the immediate present for you folks that do not have power and are faced with very limited gasoline supplies.

I’m not sure what’s worse, not having gasoline or power in the late summer heat for which the deep south is famous or in late autumn cold in the northeast but what I do know is it sucks. Bad.  Builds character too.  😉

Stay tuned.

4 thoughts on “To those of you in New York without power rationing gasoline that may happen to read this”

  1. Here is my short list of do’s:

    1. If all your family is left after the storm than thank God for His mercy.
    2. If you escaped the hurricane without damage help someone who was hurt.
    3. If you were damaged than accept any help which finds it way to you.
    4. Talk to your neighbors about it and help them if you can.
    5. Realize that nobody will ever understand what you have experienced
    except your fellow storm survivors.
    6. I lost everything. House, car, ever personal belonging etc etc etc but guess
    what—I have not even noticed it. Really I have not even thought about
    anything I lost in Katrina. So don’t worry about all the stuff you lost.
    Just make sure everyone is OK.

    Last, don’t be afraid to get professional help or counsel if you have been through
    the storm. I did from my priest and the mental health center. It helped. But
    what “cured me” of my storm mental health problems was the kindness of strangers
    who dropped everything to come help me. They prayed for me at my house and I was
    healed. From then on I have been in a much better place in life and appreciate the
    love shown to me by strangers. I only know of a handful of people who didn’t have some
    major mental breakdown after Katrina so I think it is normal to have one.

    One more last thing. The Governor of New Jersey talked about going to the Sandy disaster
    zone and not recognizing the town anymore. He noted he had spent his summers there as
    a youth and gone back for vacations as an adult. I have been in that mental space before
    and I knew exactly what he was talking about. It is unreal.

    Hope this helps and also get a good lawyer.

  2. One more think I think is very important in light of Sandy—

    Your emergency workers are the best. Those who had doors left
    on their homes after Katrina often saw the letters NYFD spray
    painted on them when they arrived after Katrina to see their homes.
    The NYFD and many other professional rescue workers who
    experienced 911 first hand were the absolute BEST citizens
    this country has to offer after Katrina. These men and women
    came down here long after Katrina was over to talk to us, to
    help us celebrate holidays, to make sure our kids had Christmas
    toys, a hot meal for Thanks Giving. etc etc etc. I felt bad I had
    not understood their pain after 9-11. But I knew they understood
    what I was going through because they had been there themselves.

    Most importantly, and please remember this:

    The greatest gift the NYFP and NYPD gave us after Katrina was HOPE.

    They shared their material things but more importantly they shared their pain
    with us. Not in a negative way but in the most human way possible.

    I put this article about one man who came to help after Katrina as a small tribute to all
    who served:

    Ground Zero first responder John McNamara, also aided Hurricane Katrina victims, dies of cancer



    Monday, August 10, 2009

    An FDNY veteran who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero and pushed for better health benefits for first responders died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

    John McNamara, 44, spent 10 years with the FDNY and was diagnosed with colon cancer in the aftermath of his time at Ground Zero.

    McNamara spent about 500 hours looking for his fallen brethren at the site where the World Trade Center once stood and his plight was part of a documentary called “Save the Brave,” which chronicled the lives of ailing rescue workers.

    McNamara, who was assigned to Ladder 123 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, also joined the FDNY’s rescue mission to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

    He became ill in June 2006 and the cancer spread to his liver and stomach.

    Though gravely ill, he spent his remaining years fighting for better testing and health benefits for firefighters who worked at Ground Zero.

    “We take comfort in knowing this hero no longer suffers,” said John Feal, head of an advocacy group for Sept. 11th responders.

    McNamara is survived by his wife, Jennifer and 2-year-old son, Jack.

    1. Steve, I’m thinking Kenner should send Councilwoman Michele Branigan up to Hoboken to help give those poor folks aid and comfort in a display of solidarity with the good people of New Jersey.

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