|Devastation in the center of New Orleans|
Hugo's clawing of Charleston in 1989 and Andrew's near-miss of downtown Miami in 1992 were wake up calls for sure, but it always seemed as if the big cities would always be spared the direct impact, right?
|The October 2004 edition of National Geographic|
The hypothetical storm, Hurricane Pam, brought sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and nearly 20 inches of rain to the Big Easy, and challenged the teams assembled from nearly 50 federal, state, parish, city and non-governmental organizations. You can read the news release about the summary of the operation here to get all of the details.
And, in less than one year from that story hitting the news stands, an actual storm of the hypothesized system's strength plowed ashore, causing many of the anticipated issues.
|The levees failed - as envisioned during the Hurricane Pam exercise|
So, what are we going to do about it?
Are we going to look back in history at the disasters that befell where we live and learn the valuable lessons dearly learned by our predecessors,? Are we going to take the opportunities presented to us each and every day to make that connection with our residents?
It has been ten years. Do we still remember the lessons?
Tom Iovino, Public Relations Strategist
Hillsborough County, Florida