I really only heard the news from my g-ma in Florida. I had no clue that the hurricane did so much damage. And as for the government taking action, it's just their job to do everything the wrong way (or so it seems)...
Now you know why I rarely watch the telly. I don't like to get my nerves rattled like that.
I am going to look and see if Red Cross is accepting blood donations in my area. (since I really cannot afford to donate $$) - I used to live in Boloxi when I was younger... It makes you wonder how things like this happen? We had several hurricane scares while I was there and they didn't take the proper precautions to prepare for such a devistating storm... I remember huddling in the hallway of my school during a round of Hurricane Andrew. I have much fonder memories of the Typhoons on Guam. We were very safe there. As long as you remained indoors (the houses were built to withstand wind at hundreds of miles an hour) and they had a great evacuation plan.
this was put into action when we were expecting a tsunami caused by Typhoon Roy. It was estimated to be miles high and would have submerged the entire island, but as we were at the airfield in line to board tyhe evacuation aircrafs, they called off the whole procedure. The tidal wave was going to miss us!
It was pretty basic there to take every precaution ahead of the storms. I dunno if I can really compare the two places though... Guam is much smaller and it was standard for most everything to be able to withstand the worst storms imaginable.