Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2012

Groups from Kansas head east to help with Hurricane Sandy preparations, provide support

October 28, 2012


An air-refueling tanker from Andrews Air Force Base sits next to a Kansas Air National Guard tanker in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, located 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., are being sheltered at Forbes Field in Topeka to wait out Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to affect much of the East Coast and the nation’s capital this week. The planes arrived in Topeka on Sunday morning.

An air-refueling tanker from Andrews Air Force Base sits next to a Kansas Air National Guard tanker in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, located 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., are being sheltered at Forbes Field in Topeka to wait out Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to affect much of the East Coast and the nation’s capital this week. The planes arrived in Topeka on Sunday morning.

As residents along the East Coast make their way inland to safer areas before Hurricane Sandy strikes this week, some Kansas residents are heading east to assist with preparations for the storm, which has the potential to be one of the most dangerous ever recorded.

Volunteers and emergency responders from a state Incident Management Team, Westar Energy and the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross will provide support before and after the hurricane hits.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, the Incident Management Team, a group of emergency responders who can provide support with planning, logistics, operations, safety and finance/administration, arrived in Maryland on Sunday to work in the state’s Emergency Operations Center. The team will return to Kansas on Nov. 12.

Sandy is expected to come ashore tonight or early Tuesday along the New Jersey coast and then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York state on Wednesday. Rain began falling Sunday afternoon in coastal areas of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

Westar Energy volunteers spent Saturday night in Ohio; when the weather clears, the team will travel to its final destination in Pennsylvania. The team of 44 linemen, supervisors, safety and support personnel will assist UGI Utilities and will help to restore power after Sandy has passed.

Douglas County’s Red Cross chapter is sending one volunteer, Rick Farrier. Farrier will be deployed for three weeks, which is part of the reason he is the only volunteer from the Douglas County chapter.

“There are very few who are in the position to up and leave for three weeks,” Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said.

Farrier is trained in a variety of areas including driving emergency response vehicles and bulk distribution; however he will not know his assignment until the day he is actively recruited to help. Blocher said she expects him to leave to help in the next day or so.

“Flights are very, very hard to schedule, so for now the only recruiting they (Red Cross officials) are doing for the next day or so are those within a four-hour drive,” Blocher said. “When the flight restrictions open up a bit, that’s when he’ll go.”

Cellphone provider Sprint, based in Overland Park, is preparing for the storm by mobilizing its network disaster recovery staff. The company is staging Sprint emergency response team personnel and resources to serve customers and lessen the impact to the network from the storm.

The Kansas National Guard is also pitching in by sheltering military aircraft in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland arrived Sunday at Forbes Field, according to a news release from Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, state adjutant general and director of Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

“Kansas has been the recipient of a lot of assistance in the past, so we are happy to be able to help the East Coast in its time of need,” Tafanelli said. “We’ll continue to monitor requests from our counterparts in the affected states and determine what other assistance we can provide.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.


Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

Twitter #RomneyStormTips

"Everyone in the path of the hurricane should head to their second or third home to safety!"
"Make sure the dog carrier on top of your car really is waterproof."
"If it's a "legitimate storm" homes have a way of shutting down all that damage."
"Everyone chill out... Sandy will end earlier than expected... she has dinner to get on the table."
We are currently on the phone with the Red Cross helping them set up temporary tax cut shelters for #Sandy
Remember, if you're in Ohio and thinking of voting early for Obama, don't leave the house! #MittStormTips #Sandy
Attn residents of Manhattan you must self deport the island before #Sandy gets here #RomneysStormTips
Sandy just shut down Wall Street on Monday... Hurricanes are socialists and anti-free market
Make sure if your wife has a couple of Cadillacs they are safely stored up high via your car elevators. #RomneyStormTips #Sandy

Liberty275 3 years ago

Leave it to a bunch of Yankees to get hysterical over a cat 1 hurricane. #L275 #sandy

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

Translation- "I'm horribly ignorant about all things meteorological."

Liberty275 3 years ago

Yet I survived 3 hurricanes hitting within 100 miles of my gulf coast home.

I doubt you have experienced one.

kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

That is not even funny under the circumstances, regardless if you're red or blue.

Liberty275 3 years ago

I'm not red or blue and I thought it was funny.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

Translation-- "I don't know the difference between genuine humor and Schadenfreude."

Liberty275 3 years ago

I don't know the difference between genuine humor and Schadenfreude, but I spotted an idiot when I saw you.

Is this what you want?

Liberty275 3 years ago

I don't know the difference between genuine humor and Schadenfreude but I can spot a clown from a mile away. Now go balance a ball on your nose.

wysiwyg69 3 years, 1 month ago

cait48... you are so jealous of what other people have worked for, get out of your gov. housing, get a job , and get your own.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 1 month ago

It was very clever and funny, I have sent it on, thanks for sharing!

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

You are down in the gutter with rockchalk1977. Enjoy!

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

So far, each of the three comments made violate the terms of agreement by being completely off topic. Add mine to that list and have them all removed. Then perhaps someone could give a thank you to those out helping others.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

If you believe in that kind of "god", you're as sick as he is.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

"If any Christian leaders tomorrow say that the hurricane represents God's punishment of, or judgment against, a particular person or group or political party, they're wrong. As Jesus shows us, God is not vengeful, but rich in mercy. And God's ways are not our ways. The rain falls on the just and the unjust; and the winds batter the houses of the moral and immoral. Instead of trying to peer into the mind of the unknowable God, ask to grow in charity towards those who will be affected by the wind and the waves."
Fr. James Martin, SJ

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for a great laugh on a non-great day!!!!!

Liberty275 3 years ago

Will there be snake-handling? That god stuff is more interesting when you have a rattlesnake in each hand and you are dancing a jig.

Terry Sexton 3 years, 1 month ago

Mother Nature, God & Politics - all in a single thread. I know which one I'm betting on.

Sandy is lookin' nasty.

MarcoPogo 3 years, 1 month ago

So NYC, Boston, Washington DC and parts of NJ completely shut down all of their bus, light rail and subway lines because the news over-hyped a storm? I would venture a guess that they had a little more to go on than the pesky liberal media.

However, I do hope that you are right in that this just turns out to be a heavy rain...

MarcoPogo 3 years, 1 month ago

Try telling that to George Clooney and his crew who are trying to make it home with a huge haul from the Flemish Cap.

Liberty275 3 years ago

"So NYC, Boston, Washington DC and parts of NJ completely shut down all of their bus, light rail and subway lines because the news over-hyped a storm?"

If you depend on public transportation, don't whine when it isn't running. The best way to not get into this sort of bind is NEVER rely on public transportation.

Also, a rainstorm with 40 MPH winds being called "storm of the century" is hype.

MarcoPogo 3 years ago

I never implied that the people who use public transportation were whining. The point was that these decisions weren't made solely on something that came out of Anderson Cooper's mouth. While I agree with the idea of personal responsibility, sometimes you have to temper the philosophy with a little reality - these are major metropolitan areas that rely on their transportation systems to get their citizens and workers around. If NYC didn't have such a system, Manhattan would a ghost town because nobody could afford to keep a car there.

And this may be nitpicking but the 40 MPH wind speeds are the constant speeds in areas getting hit, however, it has been peaking in the 90 MPH range, which was enough to crumple the boom of a giant construction crane that is now dangling over the streets and apartment buildings surrounding the new One57 high rise project. Seven million people are without electricity. Major throughways are shut down in 10 states. No less than 9,000 flights were cancelled yesterday, etc. There is genuine concern amongst those in charge.

I agree that the nickname you mentioned may be hyperbolic but it seems like some would prefer to treat this situation as a minor inconvenience because the city doesn't look like it did at the end of "A.I.".

Liberty275 3 years ago

This is my pet peeve with public transportation and a good example of why it is bad. If you think otherwise, that's ok with me.

As for the storm, I was in SW Florida when Andrew rolled through to the south. That storm cost people their homes and lives, not 10 days of electricity.

Instead of the storm, the press should be writing about how unprepared north-eastern people are when dealing with diverse situations.

clovis_sangrail 3 years, 1 month ago

And now Westar's excuse when it takes three hours to restore power after some squirrel has fried itself is that everyone was out of state helping with hurricane Sandy.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

If you're not Dennis Quaid's son, you're in a heap of trouble.

notaubermime 3 years, 1 month ago

Kudos to them for offering assistance. Spend enough time on these boards and you forget that some people still see us all as Americans.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, the religious wingnuts are already out in force, blaming it on "the gays" and "the libruls".
I actually DO hope that Romney (who thinks disaster relief is a crime and wants to completely do away with FEMA and defund the NOAA) responds to this with just a tad more sensitivity than what he did to Hurricane Irene, when he told a woman to "go home and call 211", despite the fact that she had no more home to go to and there was no electricity or phone service.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

Funny, you just admitted Romney lied.
"A GOP strategist just confirmed Romney’s intention to shut down FEMA, and suggested that at a time like this nobody cares about FEMA anyway."

Liberty275 3 years ago

The ones on her side aren't liars. That's all she has to be told.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

That lie is so old it's actually got grey hair now. It's not nice to poke fun at the elderly.

kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

Would you like me to make an appointment with an eye doctor for you?

kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

Just joined you, Ag. But, I doubt this one will be removed.

Liberty275 3 years ago

It didn't violate the TOS, yet you want it banned. I'm not surprised.

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

"lawrenceguy40 4 hours, 31 minutes ago It should not go unnoticed that all of the states about to be hit are blue states. This should be taken as a warning from God, not just for the liberals in the east, but for the rest of us. Next week God's will will be done - He is sending a message and we would do well as a nation to heed it. 7" and Jerry Falwell said this:

"And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen." You guys are two things from the same pod and both of your messages are equally disgusting!!!!!

Briseis 3 years, 1 month ago

The President has left Florida early saying he was cutting his campaign short to assist in eliminating all the government bureaucracy to save Americans in New Jersey. I hope that he does a better job helping save Americans in New Jersey than he did for the Americans in Libya.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 1 month ago

And yet the clueless repubublicans continue their mantra....."What global warming"

Ain't no such thing, Rush Limbaugh told me so.

Liberty275 3 years ago

So when there is no hurricane, it isn't proof that global warming is a scam, but a cat 1 storm hitting the US is proof global warming is real. That's some good information to know.

notaubermime 3 years ago

The extremely high water temperatures in the ocean off of the coast of New York and New Jersey which fueled a category 1 hurricane to strengthen as it moved North this late in the year?

Totally not an abnormality. Let's just bury our heads in the sand an pretend that these extreme abnormalities aren't occurring more often and that they aren't overwhelmingly pointing in the direction of a warmer climate.

Liberty275 3 years ago

That clears it up then. Weather proves global warming. I always knew those people that said "weather" and "climate" were different things were lying.

Do you know anything about glaciers in Kansas?

notaubermime 3 years ago

It is sad that you cannot understand the last sentence of my post.

Glaciers once reached Kansas. During that time, none of the US's current ports were located on the ocean. Do you know anything about the cost of rebuilding every US port?

Liberty275 3 years ago

"During that time, none of the US's current ports were located on the ocean."

That's pretty obvious as there was no US.

"Do you know anything about the cost of rebuilding every US port?"

With all the global warming/climate change/whatever you call it theses days, I'm surprised we haven't already rebuilt them. LOL.

So what caused the glaciers to recede from Kansas? Too much global warming caused by cavemen having too many campfires?

notaubermime 3 years ago

"That's pretty obvious as there was no US."

That's a pretty obtuse way of reading that.

Is your point that because the highly likely cause of this climate change are humans, then humans must be the only agent of climate change? That's a bizarre and completely inaccurate viewpoint.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

L1: "It ain't that bad, just a bunch of rain so far. The news likes disaster coverage and I wonder if they over-hype this kind of stuff for ratings...."

Not only is water pouring into the subway system but NYU Medical Center has transferred all of it's patients to Columbia when they lost power and their back up generators failed.
The Lower East Side is under water as well as parts of the Bronx and half the city is without power with prospects of more power failures. The Hudson River is 12.5 feet over flood stage and receiving surges from BOTH ends.
But according to L1, it's "over-hyped".

Liberty275 3 years ago

You do realize that most of the NY subway exists below sea level, right?

This little storm was way over-hyped. When New York gets hit by a strong cat 4, you get back with us,

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

You DO realize that damage from this storm is being estimated at 9 billion just for the wind damage, right? You DO realize that the NE corridor is the most populated in the nation, right? You DO realize this wasn't just a "cat 1 hurricane" but a convergence of a hurricane, an Arctic high pressure system (i.e. a "nor'easter) and a spring (i.e. "full moon") tide, right?
Hurricane Irene was at cat 1 when it hit the NE. Let me show you the difference.
But ya know, whatever. I'm sure you don't believe in climate change either.

jonas_opines 3 years ago

He’s a . . . . “nihilist”. He doesn’t believe in anything. Lol, actually, it just means that he’ll deny whatever is inconvenient to him, whenever.

Liberty275 3 years ago

I cannot deny that you do not know how to use an ellipsis.

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

One word of advice, decaff. Try it some time.

Liberty275 3 years ago

A: Sounds about right B: I don't care. C. And it was still weak. D - whatever:: Whatever.

Show me the difference from Andrew. Pictures on the ground, not just clouds.

Liberty275 3 years ago

She's probably outside. I think it's pretty clear today and given her fear of clouds, she's probably taking the chance to go for a walk in the sunshine.

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

I seem to recall some folks on the sinister side of the aisle hoping Tampa would get whacked by a hurricane while the Republican convention was going on. Sauce, goose. Sauce, gander.

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

You DO realize that with the current death toll at 33 (according to CNN) Sandy is small potatoes compared to other hurricanes? Katrina killed around 1,800 people. The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane killed around 2,500 people in Florida. The death toll for the 1900 Galveston hurricane is estimated anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000. Of course, if you have the historical perspective of a mayfly, Sandy is the worst thing that ever happened.

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

What I've not heard addressed yet is the looming problem of thousands of old building that contain asbestos and have received water damage. That cleanup will keep people employed for ages.

Liberty275 3 years ago

Apparently, non-union electrical workers are showing up in union states and being told they can't help.

We need a federal right-to-work law that will reduce unions to picnic organizers

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