Sunday, July 10, 2005

Rock You Like A Hurricane


Close your eyes and hide your hands if you are offended easily. I think there is too much coverage of hurricane Dennis. Sure, it seems people are interested in the devastation, the lives ruined, the homes lost and the survivors. But, if you think hard on it, there have been 4 storms in Florida this year and 5 storms last year. It happens so often that one of Florida's college football teams calls themselves the Hurricanes. I don't know how insurance companies can stay in business there. Maybe it just seems overly logical to me but...move. Why live somewhere where your family and belongings are unsafe.

Obviously, I have thought about this many times. I think about it because I'm in a place that I feel is pretty darn safe compared to the earthquakes in California, tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes in the Southeast. We get sunburns and might have to spend more time indoors during the summer. But, I wonder... how much do you value the safety of your family in where you live?

10 comments:

Moose said...

The people in disaster prone areas are true gamblers! You have a point. But at the same time, we can't all move to one area. If we all went to Nevada, it would be a little too Thunderdome.

Vavoom said...

Having lived in California has made me immune to earthquakes. I'm sure Boston will make me immune to blizzards. Oh, what a hairy chest I'll have when it's all over!

Anandi said...

I think maybe those folks should give it two chances - if there are 2 devastating hurricanes in the area, maybe it's time to move (at least farther inland, if not to a completely different state?)

I can't believe insurance companies are ok with houses in that same hurricane zone, but won't insure me because my dog is part Rottweiler, yet has been through several obedience classes and has shown no signs of any bad behavior. I'd be more worried about getting bit by our beagle... (Sorry, you got me into an insurance rant.)

Miss Hobby said...

These are the same thoughts I had when they had the mudslides in California. Not from the slides in all areas, but from the one valley where people were told it was possible and had to sign a waiver sayin they wouldn't sue the city if they moved there and it happened. Ummmm...can you say "WTF?" Crazy people.

Fred said...

Living in the Tampa Bay area, we get our fair share of hurricanes. Unfortunately, I lost my home during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Maybe I'm tempting fate by now residing in Tampa - who knows?

I'm not too sure there's too much coverage unless you're watching the Weather Channel the day of the hurricane.

Many people think that only those living on the Gulf and beach areas of the east coast are at risk. Unfortunately, that's a myth. During Dennis, tornadoes and flooding occurred in Atlanta. When Hugo landed in 1989, Charlotte was hit hard. So hard, in fact, that planes were overturned at the airport.

As Moose said, we can’t all live in one place. Bottom line: I live here, I know the risks, I deal with it, and I love living here.

I’m also going to post on this subject later this week; stay tuned...

Teri said...

Yeah I agree, Lloyds sister lives in Gulf Breeze and lost her house from the last hurricane. You think she would get a hint and move. Atleast her house wasn't destroyed this time since she hasn't rebuilt it yet.

The only things we have to worry about are glowing from the test site and Yucca mountain.

Lily said...

While this may sound cold I have no sympathy for those people who have ocean front beach property and whine that the hurricane totalled their house or that they are losing acreage in their yards due to erosion.

I feel relatively safe where I am, but I do not think I would stay home if a serious hurricane headed this way.

Jenn said...

I don't watch the news. Period.

I watched about the London explosions because I was online chatting when I heard, so I wanted to see what was going on.

I'm at times simply oblivious to what's going on in the world. I know, I know, I should know what's going on. But, why watch? It only depresses me.

RT said...

I think Fred said it best, most people in those areas realize the dangers, but for them, the trade off is worth it.

Personal and family safety isn't really an issue, there's plenty of technology telling you to get the hell out of the way! And (except for the psychos and news people) they do.

dusty said...

as a resident of cali, former resident of the east coast both north and southern parts i believe that people who live in those regions dont worry about "mother nature". its not something we can control and you can get an insurance policy rider to protect your "things" from such occurances.people have been living in these areas for over a hundred years in some instances and no one is going to tell them they have to move. the insurance companies are NOT going broke so why is everyone else worried about it? wanting your family to be safe has nothing to do with it..another point was made that the majority of the damage from most hurricanes is inland, the place you think is safer to live...if someone wants to beleive that all people that live in earthquake,tornado or hurricane areas are morons..so be it..they are narrow-minded and need to buy a clue.