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Cyclone Pam: A Story of Surviving a Category 5 Hurricane

Cyclone Pam: A Story of Surviving a Category 5 Hurricane

(Picture Above is Looking across Efate, Vanuatu before Cyclone Pam hit) Please Note: This is a firsthand experience of Cyclone Pam slamming into Vanuatu from the perspective of a couple living on Efate, the third largest island of the chain. Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon, but which word is used is based upon where the event occurs – Cyclones in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, Hurricane in the North Atlantic and Pacific, and Typhoon in the Northwest Pacific. Preparing for Cyclone Pam We had plenty of warning from Internet based forecast services of a seriously big tropical storm heading for us. The Vanuatu Meteorological Service (VMS) refused to acknowledge the threat this system posed as it hadn’t entered their area of responsibility. Public pressure on social media eventually led to them issuing warnings before it did enter their area. This was such a large and ferocious system that many, including myself, got on to social media to warn people. This earned us insults and threats from people using the VMS Facebook name. I can’t recall what I was feeling in the build up to the arrival of Cyclone Pam as my business is boat orientated so we obviously had a lot to do to prepare, including craning our own boat out of the water. Preparing for such a big storm took up all of my mental capacity and I really had no time to feel anything. I guess, in retrospect, I was functioning on autopilot – some natural instinct directing me to do what I was doing. Sort of like a flight or fight...
Giving Thanks for These Eight Dramatic Stories of Survival

Giving Thanks for These Eight Dramatic Stories of Survival

Eight different chronicles. Eight different tragic natural disasters from around the world. Here are a few stories that you may not have heard, but are a testament to the strength of will to live and survive - and to the character of the rescuers. In the US we celebrate Thanksgiving each November, but the concept of Thanksgiving itself is universal. We should all appreciate the renewed opportunity of life each of these individuals was given through their survival. Click on the pages below to view their tales. Hurricane Katrina, August 2005 - Rosezina Jefferson's baby was due on September 2nd. On August 28th, she went to stay with her best friend, Monique Moses, who was to take care of her 5-year-old son when the time came to go to the hospital. Then Katrina hit. Rosezina watched the flood waters reach the second floor of her apartment building as she went into labor. Knowing she needed help, she stepped off the the building's fire escape into the murky depths and swam two blocks - leaving her five year old son, who was screaming "Mama! Come back!" in Monique's care. Pushing off cars to make her way forward, she was rescued and brought to the hospital where she gave birth, scared and wondering if her son was still alive. Three days passed before she got word that her son was safe and at a shelter in Walker, Lousiana. Two days later, her family was reunited. Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, March 2011 - On March 14th, 3 days after the devastating tsunami caused destruction across Japan, soldiers were moving from home to home...
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