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Getting ready to make a donation to the disaster relief.

Want it to go where it gets put to the best use.

I figure you'd be the man to ask.

Any one on here thought about the members of this board divvying up and making a contribution as a group?

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Any one on here thought about the members of this board divvying up and making a contribution as a group?

My wife thought about skipping this month's mortgage payment to help out...

 

We decided we'll just pay our 2005 Federal taxes instead.

 

:idea31:

 

In all seriousness, Homer...I hope you and yours are able to get through this thing relatively unscathed.  I can't imagine how devestated I'd feel in those shoes.

 

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I know how it was here after Hugo hit Charleston....and Katrina was a much bigger and meaner bitch! :cry:
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from what i understand the red cross is the way to go...

thanks foosh...i got lucky...

 

i thought i was immuned to this stuff cuz i see it all the time....we are scrambling to get ready to start helping out and paying claims...things on our end are impossible...there's no hotels--1/2 million people displaced....

there's no way for us to get to some places...

 

this is serious stuff....as bad as anything i've ever seen..and the worse is yet to come.  I told joe last week that if the "big one" ever hit new orleans, they wouldn't rebuild....this may be true.

 

Firefinder's area was hit hard too...

 

don't know about n.o. chief any others in the area...

 

eric

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The bitch was bad but it seems the bigger problem is being below Sea level that close to the sea.

Prime real estate...

 

Let's help them rebuild in the same location, huh?

 

Remember a time before Gov't bail-outs...when people took an ounce of responsibility for their own actions?  

There's folks in flood-plains, on slipping slopes, on fault-lines, in Tornado Alley, and in proven hurricane paths all over this country.  FEMA aids these folks in rebuilding the same areas year after year.

 

Our forefathers never meant FEDERAL taxation to be utilized for this, did they ???

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So . . . does that mean we shouldn't build near fault lines - that rules out almost all of California, western Washington, southern Alaska, parts of Utah, the New Madrid fault in Illinois, Missourri, Kentucky . . . we shouldn't build near flood plains - that rules out the Mississippi delta, most land adjacent to the Mississippi and it's tributaries . . . got to rule out areas subject to major winter storms - that means the tundra from Montana to upstate New York . . . don't want to build in hurricane or wind areas - that means the Hawai'ian islands, the Gulf, all of Florida and the eastern seabord . . . .

 

I know - we can all move to Enid, Oklahoma!

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Shit . . . I forgot to tule out anywhere near the "Ring of Fire".  Imagine us idiots living on the fault lines (do I hear the Doobie Brothers?) AND in the shadow of an active volcano!
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So . . . does that mean we shouldn't build near fault lines - that rules out almost all of California, western Washington, southern Alaska, parts of Utah, the New Madrid fault in Illinois, Missourri, Kentucky . . . we shouldn't build near flood plains - that rules out the Mississippi delta, most land adjacent to the Mississippi and it's tributaries . . . got to rule out areas subject to major winter storms - that means the tundra from Montana to upstate New York . . . don't want to build in hurricane or wind areas - that means the Hawai'ian islands, the Gulf, all of Florida and the eastern seabord . . . .

 

I know - we can all move to Enid, Oklahoma!

DIDN'T SAY THAT...I WAS TALKING ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS.

 

BUT I'M NOT A COLD-HEARTED COCKSUCKER.  LET'S ALLOW ONE BAIL-OUT PER FAMILY, PER 15 YEARS.

 

THIS WILL PREVENT THE SAME FAMILY REBUILDING EVERY 2 YEARS...WHILE THEIR IMPORTANT BELONGINGS ARE BEING STORED IN Enid, Oklahoma.

 

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:Off-Topic2:

 

I know if this were to happen in L.A. Cynder and I would know what to do.

 

We don't have the money right now to "invest" in rebuilding L.A.

 

I've got some space though.  I wouldn't think twice of accepting a displaced family into our home for a time.  There's a lot of folks down here with no family nearby (us included).  That would surely HELP financially, morally, and alleve much stress for at least one needy family.

 

HAS ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT HELPING OUT IN THIS WAY ???

 

 

Maybe go down to a shelter (with your wife and kids).  

Pick them out like a puppy.

just a thought.

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here in charleston area they redid the building codes for how close to water you can put your home and made the building requirements much stronger.....and they work most of the time.

had lots of people that their home was washed into the atlantic and i will be damn if they did not want to build on the beach again 50yds from water and less than that at high tide.  a lot were not allowed to build and now have a nice lot on the beach to use for volleyball but it was getting out of hand with people building everywhere no matter the risks.

 

you could see a whole street of homes on isle of palms wiped out and see 3-4 that only had broke windows...some roof damage and siding torn off.  My father in law was the building manager for Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes Resort before during and after Hugo....he said the differences in those homes was some were built to code on paper....and some were built to code FOR REAL (ie, the inspectors were not paid off or encouraged to pass less than up to code work)....

Not sure it would help in Cat 5 but I saw that it in fact made a difference in Hugo...

 

I cant see them not rebuilding New Orleans and sure most of the money for infrastructure and homes will be from Govt....hard to encourage the economy and rebuilding when there is nothing there to pay salaries....

 

just a bad situation all the way around....i am thankful it was not me...but they have my sympathy completely.

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Ed, I send my money to The Salvation Army because this

old Marine didn't get along with Red Cross 50 years ago.

 

On another point , FEMA turned down requests for aid

for the people in Laguna Beach that lost homes this

winter.

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On another point , FEMA turned down requests for aid

for the people in Laguna Beach that lost homes this

winter.

No shit, huh?

 

SOME were lucky enough to have their FLOOD INSURANCE cover it however.

 

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On another point , FEMA turned down requests for aid

for the people in Laguna Beach that lost homes this

winter.

Come on, that was because they lived in an area where there was a good chance of a slide. The people in N.O. had no idea that .... wait a minute ...  ???

And the folks in O.C. watched 24/7 media coverage of the pending landslide, whereas the poor folks in the south had no warning that...wait another minute ???

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FYI...most of the losses in new orleans will be covered by flood insurance...ALL with a mortgage will have flood insurance.

FEMA will help some that don't have flood insurance and are denied formally by their insurance companies.

ALL of the people that had the means to get out of the city did (except the idiots that stayed for their pets)...Most that stayed did not have the means to leave, or were infirmed...

I gotta read the flood policy again, but i am pretty sure earth movement isn't covered, so that may have been a mistake that some of those claims were paid (been 2 years since i worked a flood)..

I can't say why FEMA didn't pay on some or all of the laguna claims--they usually have a budget and certain criteria to meet for aid...my guess is the people there had insurance with earthmovement or landslide endorsements.

eric

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yeah fuk'em...better yet kill 'em

the people in the wtc shoulda known when they took those jobs that they were terrorist targets...

same at okc

don't forget those stupid fucks in the tsunami

eric

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