Hurricane Isaac – The Aftermath
Hurricane Isaac made landfall Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:45p.m. local time in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The storm has since dissipated, but the effects are just starting to be thoroughly assessed as communities evaluate the damage and initiate recovery plans.
Local and federal officials took multiple precautions to prevent the same mistakes of 2005. Ahead of the hurricane, FEMA deployed four Incident Management Assistance Teams and two Mobile Emergency Response Support Teams while setting up Supply Distribution Centers in Georgia and Texas along with additional supply sites in Louisiana and Mississippi. An Urban Search and Rescue Team was also sent to Louisiana.
New Orleans’ improved flood protection system appeared to live up to its $14.5 billion price tag with only minor flooding reported even though the city received more than 20 inches of rain. Surrounding towns, such as Slidell and LaPlace, were more adversely affected though they only received 10 inches of rain. Many residents were rescued from roof tops via helicopter and motorboat.
In response to the mass flooding in these rural areas, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu said Isaac “has reinforced for us once again just how vulnerable these critical areas are. We must re-engage the Corps of Engineers on this.”
The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 and hurricane remnants have the potential to impact Oklahoma as tropical storms, causing tornadoes and flooding. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management recommends that every household have a Disaster Supply Kit and make an Emergency Plan. Tips on being prepared for inclement weather can be found on their website.
It is also recommended that people know where the emergency shelters in their area are. Midwest City has three public shelters that open when the City sounds the storm warning sirens. One shelter is located in the basement of City Hall, 100 N. Midwest Blvd., another in the basement of the Reed Conference Center, located at 5800 Will Rogers and at Fire Station #5, located at 801 S. Westminister.
Disaster can strike any time of year in Oklahoma, not just during tornado season. Is your household prepared?