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Thursday, September 2, 2004

The Sequel

As previously indicated, here we go again.

For the benefit of my cyber friends who may be concerned about me, I’m not going to sit here and tell fanciful lies that I and all my belongings will be fine. I don’t know that. I’ve not been able to board up my apartment windows, though there are numerous buildings surrounding me which I observed did a good job of blocking a lot of wind and debris during Hurricane Charley. I also understand that strong winds don’t generally blow out windows anyway. Since I’m not quite as concerned about debris as, say, a house with very little around it, I think it’ll be fine.

Regardless, I’ve chosen to wait out the storm at my office which is a brick structure and large enough that I’ll be perfectly safe within the inner rooms. The nature of the windows are such that even the outer rooms will probably be fine. At the risk of annoying anyone else who might choose to come here, I may park my car under the front portico. Not totally protected, but better than just at the side of the building.

Those of you who peruse my photos albums should be warned that I most definitely will take the server down Friday afternoon. I’m not taking chances—I’m pulling the CPU out of my desk and taking it with me, along with my laptop and external hard drive.

Upon the passing of the storm, I’ve got about three or four days of nonperishable food in my pantry. It won’t be fine dining, but it’ll keep my stomach reasonably happy if the area is powerless and restaurantless for a while afterward.

Things are going to be quite different in another way, too. I’ve been assigned to chase after various relief teams my office will organize for photos and video footage. So, unlike the Charley aftermath, I’ll be personally observing the aftermath.

» Posted by ALBj at 08:03 PM (ET)
Category: Journal

Comments

Well, this is from NC and from last year, but you might just see some stuff like this:

http://gallery.wayfarer.org/05-Hurricane-Isabel—-Severe

Janell (my wife) and I (along with our son) went out after Hurricane Isabel last year and volunteered to be ham radio communicators with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). We were only there for two days but it was quite eye opening. Realize also that this was only 90-100 mile an hour winds! As things stand with Frances now, it might even rival Andrew. :-(

» Posted by Tanner Lovelace
September 2, 2004 09:21 PM

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