The Power of the Web, the Power of Ike

September 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

I spent this past weekend with Ike and my son Adam, Hurricane Ike to be more thorough.  I am not sure that the bond this weekend between the three of us would have been as strong if we didn’t have the World Wide Web, and Adam’s cell phone. 

 As Hurricane Ike approached Texas, my oldest son Adam, a six week resident of Beaumont, Texas, watched the approach of the storm and called home to Massachusetts on a regular basis until Friday morning.  At that time, the calls turned more frequent.  The decision had been made before Friday not to evacuate.  Unlike the past Hurricane Gustav, his town was not enforcing a mandatory evacuation.  The authorities seemed to be concerned with the traffic leaving the area.  Around 6 p.m. Eastern time, his calls picked up as the winds speeds did. The apartment was stocked with supplies.  His daughter, Julianna, 4 months old and Linsey were safely away from Texas visiting relatives.

 Eventually the calls home came from his bedroom closet where he and his dog decided to spend the night.  Then it started; the winds and the rain were roaring, pounding; the power would shut off.  His calls came every few hours, “Check the radar, is it done yet?”  My laptop never left www.weather.com all night and into late Saturday morning.  I was able to track the storm and give him updates on the path and progression.

 As the storm moved northward, he left the safety of the closet.  The dog decided soon it was time to go outside so Adam was able to assess the damage in his surrounding neighborhood, that was it, just his neighborhood.  I was able to assess the damage in his town for him from The Beaumont Enterprise, www.beaumontenterprise.com, his town’s newspaper which was reporting from www.twitter.com.  I read him the updates.  The Beaumont Enterprise eventually set up a section on their website late Saturday into Sunday on where gas was available, stores open, etc.  I was able to feed him this info. www.cnn.com gave me more regional views of the destruction, he had no idea of the impact Ike had.  How could he?  All he had was his phone, and happily his cell phone charger in his car.  While we can watch the damage and listen to the assessments online, we often forget those right there in the heart of the damage, can’t.

 Quick update – soon on Sunday Adam’s company decided it was best for the staff to leave Beaumont.  His ride out of Texas was tricky with flooded highways and detours.  He won’t forget his six weeks of residence in Beaumont with visitors like threatening Hurricane Gustav and destructive Hurricane Ike.  According to the recent posts to www.msnbc.msn.com examining the return of power, the crowding of shelters, and near future for residents, Adam is lucky he is able to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Me

Suzanne M. Boniface; Latest nickname: Suzanna; Public Relations, Marketing, Communications Consultant and Speaker - forever; writer and now blogger
Experience in credit unions/banking, non-profits, corporate and technology industries.
Mother of 2 boys - the best forever. Grandaughter, Julianna and second grandchild on the way.
Board member Ad Club of Western MA; Boston Road Business Association; Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress Trustee; President Westfield State Alumni Association Executive Council

Statements of Importance About Me!

Never gives up! Never forgets!

Calendar

May 2010 - Speaker Westfield State College Commencement April 2010 - Speaker Cost Effective Small Business Marketing
April 2010 - Speaker WNEC Communications Conference
February 2009 - Speaker Social Media - Human Service
September 2009 - Speaker Wilbraham Rotary Luncheon
May 2009 - Writing for Westfield State FOCUS
April 2009 - Speaker Westfield State College, Alumni Mentor Day
January 2009 - Speaker - WNEC and Valley Press Club Communications Conference
January 2009 - Speaker - West Springfield Rotary Luncheon
July 2008 - Article in Credit Union Management Magazine

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