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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:15 pm 
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Two different storms but I am not surprised by the pace in PR. In NOLA the public schools were closed until the following year, the power was not back to 100% for 6 months and I10 was not reopened for about 4 months.

It took about 5 years to heal and even 12 years later the scars remain.

Disasters of this magnitude do not heal fast.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:32 am 
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FlashDaddy wrote:
Months later and still no grid power in most of PR. This is a good article with several imbedded vids on how people are trying to cope. Top award to the use of the “zip line.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/puerto-rico-life-without-power/?utm_term=.588aa51f8c65

Thanks for the link! A very good illustrative piece of life after the calamity.

A few of the things I took away:
People said they are living like their parents or grandparents were, in the same region. As anyone who has been without either water or electricity for even a little while can attest to (or even if you've only been camping): a lot of little things are harder, and just take a lot longer without these conveniences. Cleaning and cooking food, hygiene/bathing, etc. are all hour-plus activities, compared to what might have taken 15 minutes before. It isn't to say that living like your grandparents is impossible - they did it - but it takes some grit we aren't all as accustomed to. And also remembering that people did not live as comfortably or as long in even the very recent past. If you are already incapable of walking a half-mile and back with a bucket for water, or have any kind of limiting health condition, things are going to be harder for you still.

Community helps. Nobody can make it by themselves for very long, or at least expect to have anything but a subsistence lifestyle. We figured that out thousands of years ago, when humanity first came together in societies, and it is not any less true today. Despite all the depressing things we hear about in the world, in the vast majority of cases, people have shown that we can come together to support our neighbors, even if only meagerly. While being self-reliant and personally prepared is a great goal, when all our best laid-plans are undermined, expecting to give generously to others, and receive generously in kind, is also something that we should be thankful for.

Emotional resilience is above nearly everything else as a survival skill. Humans can endure great suffering and survive, but the willpower to move through and move on is a key to making it. Children are naturally ingenious, and as adults we sometimes forget that quality within ourselves, but in times of need, it will be necessary to us again.

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Dead on JayceSlayn. Right with you on all that. Great points.

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