Originally posted by NGC2736
I believe this could be the opportunity that the govt has been waiting on. As a catastrophe insurance claims adjuster i have been sent to every major
storm and hurricane along the gulf coasts since 02 and at no time have I ever seen the federal presence in the streets as bad as I did in La in 05.
Ive made a few posts about this on ATS and most people seem to just brush it aside, even after posting information about the Blackwater mercenaries
kicking in law abiding citizens doors to take every weapon (firearms)in their home.
Katrina was great chance to see how citizens would react to being forced to stay in a city and Rita was a great chance to see how they would react to
being forced to stay OUT of their city and their homes.
In Florida, after Charley and Jeanne, people were allowed to stay in their homes with or without electricity, even with caved in roofs etc but during
Rita people were not allowed back to their homes and forced to stay in shelters (camps) even if it sustained no damage. I know this to be fact because
many of my customers I spoke to on the phone told me they wouldn't be allowed back, even for the inspections, until FEMA said they could and there
were road blocks, staffed by soldiers, everywhere.
I adjusted the home of a man whos son was an employee of Blackwater, the employee was there and actually assisted me in the inspection. He seemed to
be a nice enough guy and was excitedly telling me of his assignment to the 9th ward of Nola the next day.
He was honestly hoping someone would resist or fight back, he was dying to be in a "firefight" as he called it. Oh well, we shall wait and see.
Anyway, back to Dean. Its a monster of a storm but it is way to early to be able to determine where he will hit. The computer models dramatically
change each time they are ran, they vary from the Texas/Mexico Border to South Central Louisiana but the latest GFDL, which they say is usually the
most reliable, puts it in Mexico to between Houston and Corpus Christi, which is where I live.
I hope the best for anyone that is unfortunate enough to be in Deans path, just dont come to Corpus
Unfortunately this is how I make a living though and sometimes I feel like the grim reaper lol..
The latest on Dean is 145 mph winds with the barometric pressure at a dangerous 936 mb's, moving west, still, at 19-20 mph.
It has a very well defined eye now, which gives it a very good chance for even more intensification, it is predicted to be a category 5 storm within
the next 12-24 hours.
Where ever it makes landfall in the US, I will be deployed to that location within 1-2 days or as soon as accommodations can be found.
I am able to gain access to these areas, regardless of FEMA orders because of my status as a "first responder" so if and when it hits in the US and
I get there and if anyone is interested, ill try and answer any questions that people may have regarding the storm or regarding any security measures
that I see being taken by FEMA or anyone else there from the Govt.
Sources of hurricane information
Other source, Weather.com
[edit on 8/17/2007 by Kr0n0s]