Archive for March, 2011

Week 10: Disasters.

Week 10: Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

The most recent disaster I’ve experienced took place in Houston, Texas on 13 September 2008. Just 3 years beyond Hurricane Katrina smashing into the Gulf Coast and weeks shy of Hurricane Rita threat, we Houstonians heard that Hurricane Ike was on his way. Since Rita didn’t show us her dirty side, many citizens, myself included, remained at home.

Since I work in the Clear Lake City/ NASA area, all places shut down business early on Thursday, 11 September 2008. My mom and I shopped. I didn’t think the storm was going to hit us. However, late 12 September 2008, my mind was changed. Electricity blipped then disappeared, the storm howled, knocking our roof gutters through our windows. No power. No water. The lawns were strewn with debris the next morning.

We were fortunate; our power was restored after 4 days. Some of my coworkers were without for a month. Houston donned blue roofs, we lost a library in Seabrook but my library was A-OK. Traffic lights were out; my normal 1 hour haul to work doubled. People were angry and fighting over ice. FEMA and the nation ignored us. Galveston was devastated but nobody was in the mood to lavish the attention they did on New Orleans.

Just wait, our story will be heard.