Public service announcement

From the Mt Holly NJ National Weather Center:

Sandy is expected to slam into the New Jersey coast later Monday night, bringing very heavy rain and damaging winds to the region. The storm is a large one, therefore do not focus on the exact center of the storm as all areas will have significant impacts.

This has the potential to be an historic storm, with widespread wind damage and power outages, inland and coastal flooding, and massive beach erosion. The combination of the heavy rain and prolonged wind will create the potential for long lasting power outages and serious flooding.

Preparations should be wrapping up as conditions are expected to worsen tonight and especially on Monday.

Some important notes…

1. If you are being asked to evacuate a coastal location by state and local officials, please do so.

2. If you are reluctant to evacuate, and you know someone who rode out the ’62 storm on the barrier islands, ask them if they could do it again.

3. If you are reluctant, think about your loved ones, think about the emergency responders who will be unable to reach you when you make the panicked phone call to be rescued, think about the Rescue/recovery teams who will Rescue you if you are injured or recover your remains if you do not survive.

4. Sandy is an extremely dangerous storm. There will be major property damage, injuries are probably unavoidable, but the goal is
zero fatalities.

5. If you think the storm is over-hyped and exaggerated, please err on the side of caution.

We wish everyone in harms way all the best. Stay safe!

And if you’re dumb enough to stay, please write your name and Social Security number in permanent market on your arm, so they can identify your body.

6 thoughts on “Public service announcement

  1. Uh, hasn’t Romney said he would do away with FEMA? And hasn’t Ryan taken the approach of cutting funding for FEMA in his proposed budget?

    Or did I imagine that. I haven’t heard this on the MCM news….

    When I get the yard stuff tied down, I’ll google this issue. Now, back to the now dark yard.

  2. I just finished burying my dear departed brown tabby boy cat. He was sick for a long time, but it still really hit me hard when he died. He was clearly doing worse,having trouble breathing, and I’d intended to take him to the vet for the needle, but he died, trying to get to the bed, just inside the bedroom door.

    When I found him, I felt as if my entire house had tilted somewhat. I almost felt dizzy when I stood up. It was a strange and sad feeling.

    I found some beautiful deep cerise silk to lay him on and added some of the few remaining flowers from my garden.

    May all his atoms and molecules return to the circle of life, leading to yet another loving and wonderful cat sometime in the future.

    If there is an afterlife, cats must be there or it would not be paradise.

  3. Ah jawbone, i feel for you because i’ve been there. May another wonderful loving cat adopt you when you’re ready.

  4. Yes! Romney declared in a Repub primary debate that states should take on the responsibility for FEMA actions. Has the man no sense, other than for making money for himself.

    LINK HuffPo reminds readers — the Big News Gurs? I was outdoors during the news; any catch any comments from the MCM?


    During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA’s cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

    “Absolutely,” he said. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?”

    “Including disaster relief, though?” debate moderator John King asked Romney.

    “We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” Romney replied. “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”


  5. I have a friend who’s a psychic, and she’s had some strange things happen to her. Last year, she had to put her beloved dog down, and while she was in the vet’s office, holding him as the vet gave him the injection, she actually saw him leave his body as a young, strong dog. She says he looked at her, wagged his tail, then ran away and disappeared. So I’d say, yes, you’re going to see your boy again.

    So sorry about your loss.

  6. Interesting coincidence about all the pet deaths.

    Our 17 y.o. pound kitty was very clearly winding down, and then, less than a week ago, disappeared overnight without a trace. I’m sure that she consciously shuffled off somewhere to die peacefully, but we don’t know where. So far, there’s been no trace of her in the house or yard, and we know that she would not have wandered any farther afield than that.

    Are these the end times?
    Is the rapture next?

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