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2018-10-10 11:36:50 AM  
Hi all. I've worked about ten disasters over the last five years with a food bank in New Orleans (both Louisiana storms & hurricanes in Texas & Florida.) For several years before that, I was an anchor & reporter in Nola through a few storms, so would like to pass along some thoughts about how to help, and how *not* to help.

Donations: Once recovery starts, a monetary donation to a vetted response agency is the most efficient way to help. I'll outline below why I think donating to food banks is one of the best ways to help, but here are other organizations that will be responding, whom I've directly seen in action in the past:

United Methodist Committee on Relief UMCOR.org
The Mormon Church: https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-r​esponse?lang=eng
Catholic Charities: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/
Episcopal Relief & Development: http://www.er-d.org/

Across the SE United States, there will be local groups of chefs & pop-up convoys heading to Florida to cook & serve large #'s of meals. Check around in your local community; if someone from your area is about to head out, gift cards & gas cards are much appreciated.

Also, the official state-run volunteer management site is https://www.volunteerflorida.org - They are coordinating individuals & groups who want to help with people who need help.
 
2018-10-10 11:39:08 AM  
(Part II)

As mentioned, I am partial to giving to food banks; Our org is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, ~200 of the largest food banks in the country. The model for these food banks: they have a very large warehouse & facility that services dozens or hundreds of smaller food pantries/soup kitchens/shelters year-round. These food banks are particularly well-suited for disaster response, and also undergo some pretty rigorous regular scrutiny from FA in terms of financial health, stewardship of donations, health/safety, etc.

Feedingflorida.org is the statewide organization of FA food banks in Florida, and they will be heavily involved in the response.

Two food banks in the 'ground zero' area are: America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Tallahassee, www.fightinghunger.org
And Feeding the Gulf Coast in Theodore, AL (This org actually serves Panama City across state lines.) 
www.feedingthegulfcoast.org

What NOT to give: Old clothes. I can't say this enough: Even if someone is doing a local drive that will be heading to Florida, please do not donate old clothes. They will not make it to the disaster area, and will be a major, major hassle for the local nonprofit that is collecting disaster supplies.

Clothes you CAN donate: If a group is collecting to take things to Florida & other areas impacted, new, still-in-the-packaging socks and underwear of all sizes are the exception.

And again, sincere thanks to everyone across the country that has helped Nola & Louisiana in our past disasters. We look forward to being able to return the favor.
 
2018-10-10 12:12:22 PM  
I got this...

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/Stay safe Florida Farkers
 
2018-10-10 12:23:29 PM  
 
2018-10-10 12:45:50 PM  
CAT4 my arse.
 
2018-10-10 12:45:57 PM  
Watching the weather channel has been neat.. A few hours ago, 50 yards of beach, city street and a park further south clearly visible.

Now completely under water.. This storm surge isn't farking around
 
2018-10-10 12:48:27 PM  
Needs more resilient, tattered flags.
 
2018-10-10 12:48:43 PM  

fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.


?
 
2018-10-10 12:49:40 PM  

fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.


So you...like having 150 mph winds blowing up your arse?

/call me
 
2018-10-10 12:50:00 PM  

cgraves67: Needs more resilient, tattered flagsKevin.

 
2018-10-10 12:50:20 PM  

GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?


Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?
 
2018-10-10 12:52:54 PM  

fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.


It just 7mph shy of a Category 5 from what I read.
 
2018-10-10 12:53:25 PM  

fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?


Give it a few hours.
 
2018-10-10 12:53:53 PM  

4seasons85!: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

It just 7mph shy of a Category 5 from what I read.


How can one be shy while blowing hard?
 
2018-10-10 12:53:58 PM  

fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?


Yes, the maximum expected winds should be present before the storm has hit the area.  Derp.
 
2018-10-10 12:54:08 PM  

fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?


You realize windspeed isn't a constant across the entire storm, right?
 
2018-10-10 12:58:32 PM  

GardenWeasel: fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?

You realize windspeed isn't a constant across the entire storm, right?


If he's sitting there biatching that hurricane isn't big enough, no, he doesn't realize.

/The only time a hurricane isn't too big is when it isn't
 
151 [TotalFark]
2018-10-10 12:58:48 PM  

styckx: Watching the weather channel has been neat.. A few hours ago, 50 yards of beach, city street and a park further south clearly visible.

Now completely under water.. This storm surge isn't farking around


This. It was like 5 minutes between when the guy was standing in the middle of the street to when the water was at the steps of the hotel or whatever building it is they're at in apilachicola.

Crazy stuff.
 
2018-10-10 12:59:48 PM  

GanjSmokr: cgraves67: Needs more resilient, tattered flagsKevin.


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2018-10-10 12:59:59 PM  
I know I'm supposed to give money, but giving old socks and dented cans of expired pumpkin pie filling will really make me feel more noble, and isn't how I feel what's most important here?
 
2018-10-10 01:00:21 PM  

Dr. Locrian: fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?

Yes, the maximum expected winds should be present before the storm has hit the area.  Derp.


Derp, the eye is on land.


Point is that there's SO much disinformation out there. Measured winds of 140mph aren't necessarily taken at sealevel, but much, much higher. So far, a gust of 70mph is the highest I've heard.
 
2018-10-10 01:00:28 PM  
I hope everyone stays safe.
 
2018-10-10 01:00:29 PM  

GardenWeasel: fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?

You realize windspeed isn't a constant across the entire storm, right?


Look, the guy took a second and saw a wind speed reading and it wasn't that high when he looked. I think the gig is up on this storm hoax.
 
2018-10-10 01:02:57 PM  

151: styckx: Watching the weather channel has been neat.. A few hours ago, 50 yards of beach, city street and a park further south clearly visible.

Now completely under water.. This storm surge isn't farking around

This. It was like 5 minutes between when the guy was standing in the middle of the street to when the water was at the steps of the hotel or whatever building it is they're at in apilachicola.

Crazy stuff.


Every time they turn to that guy another step of that building is under water.. Crazy farking surge...
 
2018-10-10 01:03:50 PM  

phalamir: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?

You realize windspeed isn't a constant across the entire storm, right?

If he's sitting there biatching that hurricane isn't big enough, no, he doesn't realize.

/The only time a hurricane isn't too big is when it isn't


Been studying and tracking the storm for three days, thanks.
 
2018-10-10 01:05:16 PM  
Your dad has decided to 'ride it out.'
He started the adventure, and now you can finish it!
Turn to page 1.

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2018-10-10 01:05:46 PM  

Hobodeluxe: https://www.facebook.com/171330336238​6​74/videos/318213885567190/UzpfSTE0MTE4​MTMzODM6MTAyMTIzOTgzNDcxMzk3MTY/


Looks hoaxy. That other guy said the wind was a lie. Sure, it blew that house over but a lie is a lie.
 
2018-10-10 01:06:09 PM  
Well, that sounded a lot worse than it was supposed to.
So much for light reading material
 
2018-10-10 01:07:05 PM  
This chick on the Weather Channel needs a Valium or something.
 
2018-10-10 01:07:20 PM  
 
151 [TotalFark]
2018-10-10 01:07:44 PM  
919mb...
 
2018-10-10 01:10:10 PM  
Landfall
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2018-10-10 01:10:20 PM  
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2018-10-10 01:11:05 PM  

151: 919mb...


It's amazing this motherfarker has kept getting stronger until it hits land.. Most start to get the taste of land and back off.. This one.. Nope.. It's fark all till the very last mile..
 
2018-10-10 01:12:07 PM  
NEWS ALERT:  The leaves on my trees are...moving a little.  Wait, never mind, they stopped.

Of course, I'm in North Georgia lol
 
2018-10-10 01:13:12 PM  

fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.


It's all good everybody.  You can come out now.  False Alarm.  Thanks fast.  You Da man!
 
2018-10-10 01:17:39 PM  

Prof. Frink: 4seasons85!: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

It just 7mph shy of a Category 5 from what I read.

How can one be shy while blowing hard?


No eye contact?
 
2018-10-10 01:20:03 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: NEWS ALERT:  The leaves on my trees are...moving a little.  Wait, never mind, they stopped.

Of course, I'm in North Georgia lol


Christ, that's worse than being in the eye of the hurricane
 
2018-10-10 01:20:30 PM  
Glad I read what donations not to send. They won't need old winter coats.
 
2018-10-10 01:21:25 PM  

Prof. Frink: 4seasons85!: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

It just 7mph shy of a Category 5 from what I read.

How can one be shy while blowing hard?


Japanese?

/the trick is in the pixelation
 
2018-10-10 01:23:57 PM  
Take me down to the Panama City where cat is 5 and the wind is heavy.
 
2018-10-10 01:24:47 PM  

styckx: 151: 919mb...

It's amazing this motherfarker has kept getting stronger until it hits land.. Most start to get the taste of land and back off.. This one.. Nope.. It's fark all till the very last mile..


Simple geography.  When a storm is approaching from the atlantic it passes over multiple bodies of water with different directions of flow and with different temperatures.  It may all look like one big ocean to you, but the islands in the caribbean have a big impact.  It all adds up to inconsistent temperatures, so the storm may weaken, or it could get stronger.

In the Gulf there isn't that much flow.  That's why red tide is common over there.  It's all just one giant bathtub filled with warm water.  And the closer you get to shore, the warmer the water will be.
 
2018-10-10 01:29:15 PM  
We'll see how bad it is when it gets to my house around 4 am.  Hopefully not that bad.
 
2018-10-10 01:29:36 PM  

fastfxr: Dr. Locrian: fastfxr: GardenWeasel: fastfxr: CAT4 my arse.

?

Not seeing 140mph winds, ya know?

Yes, the maximum expected winds should be present before the storm has hit the area.  Derp.

Derp, the eye is on land.


Point is that there's SO much disinformation out there. Measured winds of 140mph aren't necessarily taken at sealevel, but much, much higher. So far, a gust of 70mph is the highest I've heard.


The air force base in the path recorded 129 mph maybe 10 or 20 minutes ago.

/I know, don't feed the troll.
 
2018-10-10 01:30:23 PM  

Vifa: styckx: 151: 919mb...

It's amazing this motherfarker has kept getting stronger until it hits land.. Most start to get the taste of land and back off.. This one.. Nope.. It's fark all till the very last mile..

Simple geography.  When a storm is approaching from the atlantic it passes over multiple bodies of water with different directions of flow and with different temperatures.  It may all look like one big ocean to you, but the islands in the caribbean have a big impact.  It all adds up to inconsistent temperatures, so the storm may weaken, or it could get stronger.

In the Gulf there isn't that much flow.  That's why red tide is common over there.  It's all just one giant bathtub filled with warm water.  And the closer you get to shore, the warmer the water will be.


Makes sense, good on you for explaining..
 
2018-10-10 01:31:04 PM  

Farce-Side: We'll see how bad it is when it gets to my house around 4 am.  Hopefully not that bad.


Why is it that these things never seem to make landfall at a reasonable hour?  10am would be much more convenient to everyone.
 
2018-10-10 01:32:50 PM  
This is an interesting site: Gathers power outage info and puts it into a clickable map:
https://poweroutage.us
 
2018-10-10 01:34:43 PM  

Unobtanium: This is an interesting site: Gathers power outage info and puts it into a clickable map:
https://poweroutage.us


Looks like 2 counties are already at 100% power outages.
 
2018-10-10 01:36:24 PM  

nyseattitude: NotThatGuyAgain: NEWS ALERT:  The leaves on my trees are...moving a little.  Wait, never mind, they stopped.

Of course, I'm in North Georgia lol

Christ, that's worse than being in the eye of the hurricane


<checks profile> it beats the hell out of living in Boston.
 
2018-10-10 01:38:32 PM  
Ya, the actual live streams are nuts looking.  This video was not live even when posted.
 
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