Generators have proven more deadly than the hurricane. Two people have died in Pensacola from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of running generators inside, and a power company employee was killed because, unknown to him, the line he was trying to repair was being powered by a personal generator directly connected to house wiring.
With temperatures in the 90s and 100% humidity, people are experiencing heat-related illnesses while cleaning up or living in homes without power.
FEMA still hasn't changed it's totally absurd rules about registration, requiring people to call an 800 number or applying through a web site before going to a local office, just like last time. A HINT, YOU TWITS! IF WE HAD WORKING PHONES OR COMPUTERS, WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T NEED YOUR SORRY BUTTS!
To save money, the power company is now requiring homeowners to clear branches from around power lines. A HINT, YOU TWITS! YOU'RE THE ONES WITH THE BUCKET TRUCKS AND EXPERIENCE WITH HIGH VOLTAGE LINES! THE TREE COMPANIES DON'T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS REQUIRED THEM TO CALL YOU WHEN POWER LINES WERE INVOLVED!
For Ivan the Operation Blue Roof program was in force and qualified people had their roofs covered with blue plastic tarps by crews working for the Corps of Engineers. This time they will be handing out a couple of tarps to people who qualify and go to a distribution center. No word on what people who are poor enough to qualify, and too poor to own a car are supposed to do, nor what people who aren't able to put the tarps on the roof by themselves are supposed to do.
FEMA will only pick up 75% of the government costs for this storm, while they picked up 90% of the costs of Ivan, which was before the election. They still haven't given a clear explanation of what costs they will cover, and they haven't provided a time line during which the costs will be covered.
We are having thunderstorms roll though, so work is slower than Ivan where we had a month of no rain and lower temperatures.