Here we go again! Its hurricane season in Florida and the local news is reporting a voluntary evacuation for Volusia County. My cell phone rings, I’ve been called in. I run through the house stuffing extra pairs of work clothes into my backpack. I kiss my wife and kids goodbye and over my shoulder I yell, “I’m not sure what day I will get to come home.” My wife sighs for she knows all too well that she’s in charge of the home front. While at times my career can be tough on my family, it’s what I know, what I love and what I choose to do. When the citizens of Volusia County race to evacuate the area, I move in to protect it.
I have been working as a city storm water foreman for thirteen years and I am happy to say that I have generally …show more content…
My family is very important to me, which is why I really want to end up in a long-term career that has a good work-life balance. Mr. Walker told me that he manages about twenty-nine employees and, unless it is a peak time or an emergency, his work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm with a one-hour lunch (Walker). This information was very appealing to me. Stress is also an important factor to consider since stress can make your job less enjoyable as well as affect how you respond to your family. Mr. Walker explained to me that his stress level is very low, but can obviously peak in extreme weather conditions such as flooding or hurricanes (Walker). Mr. Walker went on to explain that when you’re in charge of storm water the entire city looks upon you to correct any issues that may occur, to keep them safe as well as they evaluate the proactive work that you have completed throughout the year (Walker). Jokingly Mr. Walker stated, “People are not too forgiving five days after a hurricane when their car is still underwater and their dog floats by (Walker).” I understand what Mr. Walker is getting at, it’s the overall duty of the storm water division manager to make sure that all pumps are set up and working, as well as that there is a plan in place to
At the time our arrival the island had zero infrastructure; no power, no water, no food, only time and a mess that could only be described as a disaster. But, through their resilience, time, and relying upon the kindness of others this community cleanup, and rebuilt itself ever stronger than before. “Despite the chances another hurricane will hit the island, the people on Grand Isle say they are here to stay” (Galle’, 2015).
In the article “For Houston’s Homeless, a Terrifying Night Under Siege by Hurricane Harvey” by Julie Turkewitz, the main focus is the harsh reality of a hurricane this string for those who are homeless in Houston. First, Turkewitz sets the harsh reality by telling the readers about Roy Joe Cox- a homeless man in Houston- who is preparing to cope for the Hurricane with what little he has. She then builds her claim by writing about what the effects of Hurricane Harvey are, and what officials are expecting to happen. Next, Turkewitz suggests that any homeless person who is in Houston at this time should seek shelter at the available locations. Finally, she brings the harsh and sad reality for the homeless men and women in Houston by quoting Roy Joe Cox as he asks, “I’ve never experienced a hurricane. Is it going to rain out that bad? Is it going to flood me out? I mean, I don’t want to die over a hurricane . . . I’d rather not die.” (Turkewitz, 2017).
In the article “Pummeled Florida Staggers Toward Long Recovery” by Alexander Burns, informs the reader that Florida took most of the hit from hurricane Irma and it will take a long time for everything to be better. Beside Florida, three other states were on alert of strong winds and a tornado. To start with, hurricane Irma cause heavy rains, so that caused severe damages with the water and an amount of people weren’t able to evacuate. Due to this, the damages are going to cost repairs. Also, it turned off power lines. In consequence places are on alert. This is a awful event and it will take about a week, so we need to be alert.
Working as a Juvenile Supervision Officer for the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department, I come in contact with a lot of juvenile offenders. What I have notice during my tenure is that the majority of the juveniles I see are minorities, African- American, Hispanic and Asian young men and women. According to The Sentencing Project, “In 2010, African Americans comprised 17 percent of all juveniles, but 31 percent of all arrests.” Do juveniles of color commit crimes and come in contact with authorities more often than white juveniles?
After 10 days of ‘business on hold’, the subsequent influence of this natural disaster began to take its toll. When business owners resumed their focus to their industries, not only were they carrying the same feelings and emotional exhaustion as the rest of our community, they returned with a considerably increased level of stress from business losses, combined with the scary task of
Editor’s Note: This Chapter is the continuation of an adaptation of a state plan for disaster preparation and response. In total, the original chapter comprises Chapters 1, 14, 16-18.
As I have read an article regarding the hurricane Harvey and Irma, I was shocked to know that 1.7 million students can’t go to school because of these disasters. It has been a very hard time for all of you to experience such disasters that caused devastating effects not only to the school but also to each and every one. This might be one of the events that all of you would not forget but I am hoping for guidance that teachers would continue to teach the students and students would have the courage to continue pursuing knowledge. You might be feeling unfortunate due to the unending challenges that you encounter, but always remember that there are thousands of people who are praying and wishing for your protection. May all of you conquer peace
A friendly reminder of last week. Last week we all watched the Atlantic to see if we would be affected by hurricane Joaquin, all the while watching the east coast suffer catastrophic flooding, we may have family or friends that were affected by these events. I wanted to take a moment to make sure you all are prepared for emergencies at home as at work. Daily routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by a catastrophic weather event, and help might not always be available. Emergency preparedness is key. A great resource is the Red Cross and another is the National Safety Council for tips and guides for emergency preparedness at home and on the road.
Hurricane Matthew tore through the southeastern United States, leaving thousands of people homeless and without the necessities to live. Lumberton, North Carolina and the surrounding areas in Robeson county experienced some of the worst flooding because the levees holding the water back from the Lumber River broke. Many families lost everything from their homes, personal belongings and even loved ones. As the student body President at Lumberton High School, I have been working with organizations such as the Red Cross and United Ways to help collect and distribute clothes, school supplies and other necessities to students affected by the flooding. I am currently working with our Student Government Association to coordinate the pickup and transport
I was ten years old watching television with my mother in California, when I heard the news that a powerful Hurricane was going to hit Honduras I did not know what a hurricane was, so I was very scared. I had just moved from Tegucigalpa to California a couple of month ago leaving my entire there. I began to wonder if my family was ok. Then, my mother called and found out everyone was ok, but our material possessions were lost. Tegucigalpa, Honduras was the city where our house has been located. We live in a large white and black house which is noticeable from streets above and below. This was the place where I spent all my childhood, but after the “Mitch” hit, nothing was the same. The house in Tegucigalpa, Honduras is a system of changing
In today’s world, there has been one disaster or another, and hurricanes are one of those disasters that always happens. But, for one reason or another we are never prepared or understand the danger of any type of hurricane over a category one. Most of us have been through many hurricanes, like this learner who has lived in Miami, Fla. for over 30 years, and experienced her last hurricane which was Hurricane Andrew. Warnings are always given, first responders are trained to all ways be on alert, and FEMA is supposed to be ready to jump in once the storm has done its damage. But we can never be prepared, because hurricanes are unpredictable, and can become deadly for citizens and create millions of dollars in damages. Within this post we will discuss Hurricane Katrina, preparedness and Emergency management before and after the disaster.
When I got home later that night, the news was now claiming my neighborhood as an evacuation zone. I didn't believe it. "It'll be fine," I thought "nothing bad will happen here." Apparently, I was the only one that believed that because every person in my development was gone. The storm was scheduled to arrive that next morning and I would be facing it alone. I came to the realization that I was the only person in my county with a functioning brain. Everyone was wasting their time and energy preparing for nothing.
It is with the salient awareness of its susceptibility to hurricanes that the city of Mobile in Alabama initiates the development of hazard mitigation planning. The Mobile County Alabama Hurricanes Hazard mitigation plan is a multi-jurisdictional guide for the county of Mobile. Its communities and other stakeholders who are the vital players in their efforts to successfully prepare a plan that will act as a roadmap in responding to hurricane disasters. The plan addresses the hurricane hazard that is a major threat to the people, property and the infrastructure of Mobile County in Alabama. The plan focuses on hazard mitigation planning and actions necessary to reduce or eliminating long–term effects to people and their property as a result of the occurrence of hurricanes. The purpose of the mitigation plan is to ensure that the repetitive cycle is broken by producing less vulnerable conditions amongst the people, property and topographical features.