The spousal unit and I are sick of Winter weather in the northern US and urgently wish to move to Palm Beach (NOT West Palm Beach). Our initial plan is to move into rental housing for a few months so we can be local while we shop for our new Condo home, but we have some questions about both life in the Palm Beach area and life in multi-unit HOA-run housing. We hope some Mefites with East-Florida-specific experience can provide insights. [more inside]
Historically, in tropical areas, did cyclones/hurricanes wipe villages/huts/people off the face of the earth ? [more inside]
I want to donate more in support of Hurricane Sandy, but I'm concerned that while the Red Cross and the NYC Mayor's Fund are probably getting a ton of love, there are other charities in the city that are in dire straights as a result of the hurricane. (Or just in general.) What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most?
Aside from donating money, is there anything that I can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
I’m currently in NY in an apartment without water, sewage, heat or electricity. I’m living elsewhere until my area gets these services back. As I understood it, an apartment without these sorts of things (not to mention the stench of sewage and sea water eating away at the belongings in the floor below and the mold that must be growing there – I think the tenants down there are simply walking away and not cleaning up) is considered uninhabitable. Aren’t renters, by law, not obligated to pay rent until these issues are fixed? [more inside]
How long will it take NYC to fully recover from Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
Is it totally crazy to drive to NY tomorrow, Wed, Oct 31st? [more inside]
flooding / storm surge question: Flood waters in fiance's Brooklyn/Greenpoint location are about 2' away by depth, half a block by walking. Is water likely to rise more? [more inside]
Need sub $15 Kindle book recommendation to weather the Big Storm. [more inside]
What if there's a natural disaster on election day? Are there state and/or federal contingencies?
I'm scheduled to fly (home) from San Francisco to Washington, DC (Dulles) on Monday night. How screwed am I, what should I expect, and what plans should I be making right now? [more inside]
How do subsequent insurance claims work in conjunction with previous claims? Isaacy Details inside. [more inside]
What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood? [more inside]
Anyone have good post-disaster projects to do with kids at camp tomorrow? [more inside]
What kind of structure could be built to permit up-close observation of a hurricane? [more inside]
With Hurricane Irene approaching, what's the best course of action for someone still on the Staten Island shore? [more inside]
How concerned should I be for my family in New York City? [more inside]
IreneFilter: help me reschedule my air travel plans from DC to Reno on Sunday morning. [more inside]
We're supposed to fly from JFK to MCO on Sunday evening. Except now there is a hurricane. What's our best course of action? [more inside]
Help me buy a generator! Degree of difficulty: 5-ton AC. [more inside]
What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
I'm going to New Orleans for 4 days this spring and I am fascinated by Hurricane Katrina. What should I read before I go and what should I do while in New Orleans? [more inside]
Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January?
Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January? [more inside]
How do I cheaply hurricane-proof 15 large windows without paying through the nose? [more inside]
Where do city birds go when a hurricane hits? [more inside]
Does zip code 77006 (in Houston) have power? How could I find out if a certain address has power yet? [more inside]
What was Michael Chertoff talking about when he said 1.5 people died? [more inside]
Flying into Texas on Saturday, during a hurricane - is this sheer folly? [more inside]
What food should I buy in preparation for Hurricane Ike, and how should I eat it? [more inside]
I'll have some free time (a week) after Labor Day (Sept. 1). I really really like Miami Beach; I have been there several times in the winter and once in early July. Will hurricane season make a short trip right after Labor Day this year a nightmare? I don't mind really hot/humid weather I do mind hurricanes... Even if the weather is O.K., will South Beach be dead anyway? I can't go earlier than that, and I can't go later. Personal experiences of Miami Beach in September and good weather resources welcome. Thanks!!!
Has anyone tracked the historical accuracy of different types of hurricane trajectory prediction models? [more inside]
I am in need of current and historical facts and numbers regarding Hurricane Katrina. For example, how many people are still living in FEMA trailers? How many people have left New Orleans for good? Also, historical numbers, how many homes were destroyed? How many people were left homeless? etc. Thanks
What type of wood should we use for historically-appropriate exterior window shutters? Details inside, special interest for those in hurricane-prone coastal areas. [more inside]
What should you take into a tropical post-hurricane situation? [more inside]
What are the current challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? [more inside]
TravelFilter: Any advice for traveling to New Orleans over spring break with college students for a service project? [more inside]
Was wondering if anyone knew the Australian name for a hurricane/tropical storm/typhoon/cyclone. I have tried google-ing this but can't seem to find anything but lists of hurricane names... it came up over dinner last week and has been driving me mad!
Can anyone find a larger version of this photo?
My Dad got spanked by Wilma pretty hard. I rounded up some supplies and want to send them to him. Do any of the major shippers offer help/discounts for p2p hurricane aid? [more inside]
I've just been asked to deploy to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer (mi). [more inside]
What was the Katrina damage 50 miles inland? [more inside]
Shouldn't hurricane track predictions have a skewed distribution due to the nature/direction of steering winds? [more inside]
The Red Cross requires a three-week hitch, getting me back two days too late for my calendar. FEMA doesn't want help. I'm told that there are organizations across the country who are looking for volunteers to help with all manner of aid for Katrina victims. I just need a floor to sleep on and three squares, and I'll work 18 hours days feeding dogs or helping people fill out paperwork or cook food or whatever. Can anybody point me to some such organizations?
I'd like to donate to the Katrina relief effort. I don't have a credit card, but am set up with Paypal. Paypal seems to want me to donate to the United Way. [more inside]
Why would FEMA cut the emergency communication lines in Jefferson Parish? [more inside]
Heartless Bastard filter: Who stands to make beaucoup cash money from the New Orleans disaster? [more inside]
Amid the original concerns about a Cat 3 or higher hurricane hitting New Orleans was the above-ground cemetery circumstances in the city. I'm not sure this thread could be any more ghoulish than what the status quo is but, has anyone heard anything about the status of the cemeteries in New Orleans?
I am looking for a recording of a recent radio interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on radio with WWL's Garland Robinette. The interview took place sometime around 6 or 6:30 am UTC (- or roughly a half hour to an hour ago as I am posting this), and is the most amazing thing I've ever heard from a politician. Some quick-on-the-draw person must have recorded it. [more inside]
The hurricane has my mother remembering a saying from back in the 1930s or 1940s. She says men who were trying to show off their muscles (flexing, striking a pose) would commonly say "Powerful Katrina!" Somewhat in the way I guess we might make a Popeye joke. Try Googling "Powerful Katrina" today of course and I get only hurricane news. Does anyone know: Is the phrase from an old comic strip, radio show, an opera, or did my mom dream the whole thing?
How much economic activity did New Orleans generate? [more inside]
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