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Saturday September 25, 2021
September is National Preparedness Month
As the remnants of Hurricane Ida move into the Atlantic, Louisiana and the Northeast are recovering from the devastating storm. Ida caused significant damage in Louisiana before targeting the Northeast. It was one of the most severe hurricanes to ever reach the state's coast.
There was major destruction in the French Quarter of New Orleans. More than one million people are without power for possibly a week or more. Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon where a 172 mph wind gust was recorded. The nearby town of Grand Isle was devastated by wind with a maximum gust reaching 148 mph.
Hospitals in southern Louisiana were seriously damaged but weathered the storm with substantial water supplies and emergency generators. The hurricane was the most devastating storm to hit Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
While the wind and torrential rains were harmful to Louisiana, Ida continued its rampage up to New York and New Jersey. New York City experienced a torrential downpour with 3.1 inches of rain falling in Central Park in one hour. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency on Wednesday evening and noted there was "record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads." All travel was banned for four hours on Thursday morning.
New Jersey also experienced pouring rain and flooding. Newark Liberty International Airport reported 3.24 inches of rain in one hour. Newark authorities grounded all flights and diverted passengers from flooded ground-level areas. In addition to the storm and flooding, there was a tornado warning in the Bronx and a "large and extremely dangerous" tornado was spotted near Philadelphia.
Given the serious damage caused by Ida, the IRS published a letter encouraging individuals to make preparations for natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, tornados or tsunamis. Americans should consider creating a disaster preparedness plan. This plan should include several components that will safeguard records if one's home is destroyed by earthquake, fire or flood.
Published September 3, 2021