I think this one should still be somewhat fresh in our minds with Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Though it was considered a near miss to New York City itself the destruction from wind, flooding and power outages that lasted for weeks in the north east region just shows how vulnerable we all are.
New Yorker’s think Manhattan is the center of it all, but it’s also at the edge of the Atlantic’s hurricane alley. And as history shows, hurricanes can storm through the metropolitan area and landfall here is not out of the question. With such a densely populated city, a citywide evacuation is nearly impossible (the subways can barely handle rush hour when it rains). We may not be so lucky next time. A good place to start is with a 72hr survival kit and some emergency food and water supplies.
- Hurricane Irene reminds homeowners of natural disaster insurance (castlecover.co.uk)
- Historical Hurricane Tracks…Down to Your Zip Code! (dfw.cbslocal.com)