These Stunning GIFs Show St. Martin's Miraculous Recovery From Hurricanes Irma And Maria

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction when they swept over the Caribbean last September.

Recovery has been slow in places like Puerto Rico, but it’s well on its way in St. Martin, an island that is controlled by France in the north and the Netherlands in the south.

These GIFs show what the island looked like right after the hurricane and how it looks now.

The transformation is miraculous. 

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Six months after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria, St. Martin is slowly rebuilding, but the scars of the most powerful hurricane ever known in the West Indies remain clearly visible.

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This sailing boat ended up beached in the cemetery of Marigot near the Bay of Nettle on Sept. 9. Six months later, the wall remains broken.

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Hurricane Maria left rocks all over this road in Le Carbet, Martinique, on Sept. 19. Nearly six months later, the rocks have been removed and the road is back in service.

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The Mercure hotel in Marigot was surrounded by water and debris on Sept. 6, after Hurricane Irma. The hotel has been reopened, though some rooms are still unavailable for guests as of Feb. 27.

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A street full of debris in Orient Bay on Sept. 7, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. It’s now cleaner as of Feb. 27.

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An outside view of Mercure hotel in Marigot on the Bay of Nettle on St. Martin on Sept. 6, after Hurricane Irma, and again on Feb. 28.

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A pool surrounded by wrecked bungalows in Marigot on Sept. 10 and the same pool filled with sand on Feb. 28.

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Waters receded and debris was cleared around Mercure hotel after Hurricane Irma six months ago.

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Natural disasters on the rise says scientist, unprecedented cold, wildfires and hurricanes signify ‘profound changes’

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A SPIKE in devastating natural disasters is on the way as the planet has exceeded a “tipping point” for climate change, a leading scientist has claimed.

The east coast of the US continues to be ravaged by a freezing cold snap while the other side of the country has been hit by wildfires.

These are a signs of the times according to one professor, who says that the situation will only worsen in the next few years.

Eventually, Dr Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of natural resources and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, says the rate of change to the climate will overcome humanity’s ability to adapt, which would prove devastating.

In the next eight years, he adds, it is likely that the globe will be hotter than at any point in the last two billion years.

This will also lead to rising sea levels as the polar ice caps will continue to melt, putting those who reside in coastal cities around the globe in huge danger.

All of the above will also contribute to food supply issues, especially as the world’s population continuously increasing, with there set to be 9.8 billion people on Earth by 2050, according to a UN report.

Dr McPherson said: “The latest unprecedented hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires that we have seen in 2017 are examples of profound changes in our climate system.

“These global disasters threaten energy systems, infrastructure and food supply.

“We have entered an era of exponential climate upheaval with tipping points and feedback loops pushing us over the edge whilst, all the while, governments and climate research bodies refuse to accept the gravity of our situation.

“Within the next eight years, Earth’s temperature will approach or exceed its highest temperature in the last two billion years.

All of the above will also contribute to food supply issues, especially as the world’s population continuously increasing, with there set to be 9.8 billion people on Earth by 2050, according to a UN report.

“We have entered an era of exponential climate upheaval with tipping points and feedback loops pushing us over the edge whilst, all the while, governments and climate research bodies refuse to accept the gravity of our situation.

“Within the next eight years, Earth’s temperature will approach or exceed its highest temperature in the last two billion years.

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This Futuristic House Uses The Force Of Hurricanes To Anchor Itself To The Ground

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

2017 was a challenging year for those who live(d) in Houston, Texas, parts of Florida, and the Caribbean. This is because Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Jose and Irma took a toll on the areas, leaving many cities in ruin and hundreds of people dead. In preparation for the years ahead, the firm Margot Krasojević Architects has developed a “hurricane-proof home” that can withstand extreme wind loads.

As Inhabitat reports, the Self-Excavation Hurricane House rotates around a helicoid retaining wall, essentially burying itself into the land. As a storm grows in strength, the house only becomes more resilient to the forces around it.

The futuristic abode’s main living spaces are located in a precast reinforced concrete frame. Though the structure is lightweight, it has a series of rubber-coated, concertina wall sections. These provide the flexibility needed to adapt to conditions while the home rotates.

To protect the structure from damage, it is set upon an artificial island that directs water away from the main living areas. Surrounding topsoil directs water to deeper soil that functions as a bioswale. And, wetlands which are included during landscaping absorb and temporarily store floodwater. The H20 is later slowly released into its surroundings.  As Inhabitat reports, “This part of the project helps with land reclamation and water purification.”

The details on this particular project are lacking. However, you can learn more or contact the firm directly by visiting their website.

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Nonprofits That Tie Hurricanes to Climate Change Got $341M in Two Years

Left-wing environmental groups peddle global warming alarmism all the time, especially during major hurricane devastation. Turns out those same green groups saw a lot of the other kind of green in the past two years — $341 million in donations to just seven organizations.

Groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Democracy Now! And Union of Concerned Scientists, which get big bucks from billionaires like George Soros and the Rockefellers, all tried to link Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to manmade climate change from carbon dioxide and “fossil fuels.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the very agency that monitors and forecasts hurricanes, said on its website “it is premature” to link hurricane intensity to climate change. That didn’t stop those liberal nonprofits from declaring there was a connection.

During Harvey and Irma, the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace, and Democracy now! made sweeping assertions about climate change, including “climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly” and fossil fuel use “supercharges” hurricanes. even advocated creating a new Category 6 for “super storms that are emerging in our changed climate.”

These groups were able to promote their alarmist messages to a wide audience because they are backed by millions of dollars from powerful donors. The seven groups received at least $341,015,472 in donations in 2014 and 2015 alone.

Some of the most notable donors included Open Society Foundations and Open Society Institute (two foundations run by left wing billionaire George Soros), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Tides Foundation. Many of those foundations gave to multiple left-wing, environmental non-profits. In fact, Union of Concerned Scientists was the only one of the seven organizations Rockefeller groups did not fund in in 2014 and 2015.

Open Society Foundations and several Rockefeller foundations provided early funding for anti-ExxonMobil journalism campaigns that began in 2015. Since then, smearing the fossil fuel industry went hand in hand with linking climate change to natural disasters like hurricanes.

But the same government agency responsible for hurricane forecasting acknowledged the lack of scientific proof that carbon dioxide emissions are impacting hurricanes. NOAA’s geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory said, “It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”

Greenpeace, which received more than $17 million in 2014 and 2015, directly contradicted NOAA’s statement on Aug. 28..

“While we cannot say definitively that climate change caused Hurricane Harvey, science tells us with confidence that it has increased the impact of the flooding and heightened the intensity of the storm,” Greenpeace blog editor Ryan Schleeter wrote.

As proof, Schleeter cited climate alarmist Michael Mann, the Penn State meteorology professor responsible for the infamous “hockey stick” graph. also cited Mann in fearmongering Tweets saying “Climate Change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly.”

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) went beyond the hurricanes to claim climate change also increased the hurricanes’ storm surges.

“This increasing phenomena is due, in large part, to sea level rise, which is triggered by human-caused global warming as warmer ocean water expands and land ice melts,” EDF’s senior climate scientist Scott Weaver said on Aug. 25.

On Sept. 8, days before Irma made landfall in Florida, EDF senior communications director of Climate, Health and Political Affairs Keith Gaby said, “We’ve always had hurricanes, but climate change is making them stronger.” Gaby blasted Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for saying it was “insensitive” to push the climate change agenda during devastating hurricanes.

“The fact is, it’s insensitive to deny climate reality right when people are being so badly hurt by the impacts of it. It’s like telling people to shut up about germs during a flu epidemic,” Gaby wrote.

ThinkProgress, a blog of the Center for American Progress (CAP), also criticized Pruitt, calling his statements “exactly backwards.”

“As horrible as Harvey was — and as Irma is shaping up to be — recognizing the role climate change is playing in this year’s superstorms must help guide recovery and resiliency efforts,” ThinkProgress claimed on Sept. 7.

CAP received more than $39.8 million in 2014 and 2015, but donation records did not reveal how much of was directed to ThinkProgress.

Two days before Irma struck the Keys, the “largest nonprofit environmental law organization” EarthJustice encouraged readers to donate specifically to its “partners on the frontlines,” rather than encouraging donations to neutral relief organizations.

“Right now, millions of people are feeling the effects of the massive storms, flooding and fires of the last few weeks—painful reminders that climate change is real and is already wreaking destruction on communities around the world,” EarthJustice’s Vice President of Development Mollie Fager wrote.

On Twitter, EarthJustice also connected climate change and hurricanes multiple times.

The Soros-funded Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) outdid other environmental groups by claiming fossil fuel use specifically “supercharges” hurricanes.

“As we’ve seen time and again, those who pay the ultimate price for climate inaction are not the people driving this crisis. They are not the CEOs overseeing the reckless burning of fossil fuels, which supercharges storms like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” NRDC said on Sept.8. “The people who have always suffered the most from environmental disasters are Black, Brown, poor, and the least resourced to cope with a climate changed world.”

The NRDC received more than $91.6 million between 2014 and 2015, including $709,000 from Soros’ foundations.

Between Harvey and Irma, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published a blog asking “What’s the Connection Between Climate Change and Hurricane Harvey?” It then cited warmer ocean temperatures and sea level rise which it said was caused by climate change.

On Twitter, UCS said the media “must make connection” between climate change and hurricanes. went beyond writing blog posts linking climate change to hurricanes. It created a petition to “tell your members of Congress: Harvey is a climate change disaster.”

It also shared fearmongering memes on Twitter including asking if Hurricane Irma was “the new normal” and proposing “Cat 6” for “the new super storms that are emerging in our changed climate.”

Far-left online television program Democracy Now! helped spread those messages further by interviewing founder Bill McKibben on Sept. 7. McKibben told viewers, Harvey was “the kind of storm that’s only possible now that we’ve remarkably affected the climate.”

Of course, that was absurd since there were horrific, intense and deadly major hurricanes in 1900 and 1935 and many more even earlier. Galveston, Texas was decimated in 1900 by a hurricane with winds between 130 and 140 miles per hour (Category 4) and a 15 foot storm surge.

That reality didn’t stop Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman from encouraging McKibben to slam fossil fuels by asking “what does the whole fossil fuel industry have to do with the kind of severe weather we’re experiencing now around the world?”

McKibben accused the fossil fuel industry of “unreason” and “its inability to deal with the fact that its business model has to change.”

Other liberal climate change nonprofits like DeSmog Blog, InsideClimate News, Grist, and NextGen America (formerly NextGen Climate) also linked hurricanes Harvey and Irma to climate change, but their full donor information was not publically available.

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5 Stories You’re Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause A Media Frenzy

Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake.

Unsurprisingly, the media’s obsessive focus on the disasters has not only jarred some residents trying to keep their families safe — it has also allowed other important developments to remain on the back burner.

Though these other stories have received some degree of attention in mainstream narratives, they haven’t received the extensive coverage they deserve. Here are five vital developments from the past few weeks that have taken a backseat to the drama and destruction of hurricanes:

1. Lawmakers approve $700 billion military budget with authorization for endless war

On Monday, an overwhelming majority of senators (89-8) approved the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), totaling roughly $700 billion. It is $630 million above what the hawkish Trump administration proposed and was passed after lawmakers rejected an amendment from Senator Rand Paul to rescind the longstanding authorization for use of military force (AUMF) imposed in 2001, which has allowed the U.S. government to wage  “unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe,” the senator said. In June, Paul also introduced an amendment to the “indefinite detention” provision of the NDAA, added in the 2012 version, that allows the military to imprison American citizens without trial. That bill, S.1300, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in June, and lawmakers have taken no further action.

2. Media ignores North Korea offers to negotiate

As Harvey gained steam at the end of August, a fresh wave of saber-rattling against North Korea also dominated media narratives, but an important detail was consistently left out. The Intercept pointed out in early September that outlets like the Washington Post have played up the North Korean threat while ignoring the reality that the North Korean regime has offered to negotiate on nuclear weapons if the U.S. drops their aggressive practices. From the Intercept:

“This is what the envoy, North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong, actually said, according to a transcript from North Korea’s UN Mission quoted in the AP article:

‘As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat continue [emphasis added], the DPRK, no matter who may say what, will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table or flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force.

“There’s of course a significant difference between North Korea saying it will never negotiate to halt or eliminate its nuclear weapons program, and that it will never negotiate as long as the U.S. continues to threaten it.”

But the Washington Post and likes of MSNBC’s Brian Williams generally prefer to omit this vital detail, adopting Trump’s narrative and further fearmongering the American people into supporting endless war, which the Senate once again codified this week.

3. The establishment push for mass widespread of privacy continues into the Trump administration

Though outrage over government spying seemed to hit a crescendo after Edward Snowden’s revelations during the Obama years, the government has carried on in its practices. Though some minor concessions have been made to scale back the collection of data, the Trump administration — which previously bemoaned government surveillance against candidate Trump — has aggressively lobbied to keep empowering shadowy branches of the surveillance apparatus. As Anti-Media’s Derrick Broze reported last week, days before September 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats penned a letter to Congress urging them to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which operates under what is arguably a rubber stamp court and sweeps up the private data of American citizens in the process. Surveillance advocates have been pushing for this re-authorization for months, claiming it is vital to stop terrorism. Meanwhile, as many Americans continue to turn a blind eye to mass surveillance, Apple has released a phone that will make it monumentally easier for law enforcement to spy on citizens.

4. American ally investigates itself for war crimes, finds no evidence of wrongdoing

Last week, nations like China and the Netherlands pushed for an investigation into well-documented Saudi war crimes in Yemen, where the Kingdom’s coalition is using American and British weapons to decimate the civilian population and vital infrastructures. Though the Saudis didn’t oppose such an investigation, they questioned the timing and, simultaneously, released the verdict of their own panel, which determined they had not committed any crimes and had merely made a few mistakes in their assault on the small, impoverished country. The Saudis’ conclusion came the same week as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which candidate Trump insinuated were a result of Saudi plotting before selling them billions of dollars worth of war materials upon taking office. In an Orwellian twist, this week Trump blasted Iran for oppressing people, supporting terrorists, and committing violence — all traits of both the Saudis and their Western allies.

5. U.S. cops continue to abuse power, adopt military tactics

Trump’s executive order in late August that he would ease restrictions on cops’ ability to obtain military weaponry rightly gained a great deal of media attention, as did protests in St. Louis this weekend over the acquittal of a cop who, after a car chase, shot an unarmed black man to death after allegedly saying he was “going to kill this motherfucker, don’t you know it.” Less attention has been paid to other important developments concerning America’s police state. For one, Israeli security forces, who have a long history of human rights abuses, are currently training top American cops. From the Intercept:

This week, a delegation of top American law enforcement officers is in Israel for the ADL’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, which includes training on topics such as “leadership in a time of terror” and “balancing the fight against crime and terrorism,” according to literature by the group advertising the trip. More than 200 law enforcement executives from over 100 departments in the U.S. and abroad, immigration enforcement agencies, and even campus police have participated in the ADL program since it launched in 2004.”

Though this is not new, it is continuous and particularly concerning in an age where cops continue to evade accountability for violence in the streets even when they are charged with crimes. Further still, in the weeks since the hurricane hysteria began, U.S. police officers have continued to use wanton violence. They’ve also continued to face allegations of sexual abuse, another ongoing pattern (see: hereherehereherehere, and here for instances where cops have been implicated in sexual assault over the last few weeks).

Are hurricanes dangerous and newsworthy? Certainly. Are endless war, media manipulation of reality to favor militarism, institutional spying, war crimes, and aggressive cops also dangerous and newsworthy? Certainly. Though these stories haven’t been outright buried, they have not received the amount of attention they deserve, leaving Americans endlessly mired in a pit of sensationalism, fears of external threats, and establishment-approved narratives.



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Hurricanes Jose Could Lash East Coast as Hurricane Maria Heads Toward Caribbean

Hurricane Jose is whipping 90-mile-per hour winds, creating dangerous currents as it barrels up the East Coast while Hurricane Maria, just behind it, strengthens as it heads straight for the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Barbuda.

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As Thousands Left Homeless from Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE to Israel


As many Americans struggle to get back on their feet after their homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United States government has insisted that the only way to raise money for relief efforts is to increase the national debt—while setting aside another $75 million in aid for Israel.

Just one year ago, the Obama Administration signed the largest military aid deal in U.S. history, promising Israel $38 Billion over the next 10 years. However, while the deal stated that Israel was expected to return any money that was more than the original amount, the Trump Administration is breaking the rules.

According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was against giving an additional $75 million to Israel, a senior State Department official insisted that, “The administration is committed to ensuring that Israel receives the assistance that has been appropriated by Congress,” and that Trump will “work to ensure the $75 million in additional aid is delivered.”

While Congress had no problem giving Israel another $75 million in military aid, it did so by once again turning a blind eye to the long list of human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli military—and funded by the United States. Israel has occupied Palestine since 1967, and in those 50 years, it has been accused of numerous categories of human rights violations, according to a report from Human Rights Watch:

“At least five categories of major violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law characterize the occupation: unlawful killings; forced displacement; abusive detention; the closure of the Gaza Strip and other unjustified restrictions on movement; and the development of settlements, along with the accompanying discriminatory policies that disadvantage Palestinians.”

When Donald Trump ran a campaign based on “Making America Great Again” and truly putting “America First,” his supporters latched on to his promises, as if his presence in the White House would make everything different. While some of Trump’s supporters were adamant about his support for Israel, it should be noted that the Trump Administration is not just putting Israel first—it is also putting every country that is a recipient of U.S. foreign aid at a time when Americans desperately need help, first.

As Congress debated raising the Debt Ceiling, in order to find money for hurricane relief efforts, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would allocate $7.85 billion in aid for repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, with an additional $2.5 billion set aside to prepare for Hurricane Irma—all by simply making cuts to foreign aid.

“My amendment, the ‘America First’ amendment, would take the money from money that we were going to send to foreign countries,” Paul said. “We send billions and billions of dollars to countries who hate us. We send billions and billions of dollars to countries who burn our flag. I think it’s a very simple choice that when we’re looking at those in need in our country, we quit sending money to other countries.”

In response to Paul’s proposal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a motion to table it, which passed 87-10. Unfortunately, while the majority of Congress does not seem to care about how much money the U.S. is wasting on foreign aid, it also does not seem to care about the status of the National Debt.

The United States’ National Debt surpassed $20 TRILLION this week, after jumping $317,645,000,000 in one day. The Trump administration’s $75 million gift to Israel is in addition to the record-breaking $3.8 billion a year the country already receives from the U.S.

The idea that the United States should continue to hand out obscene amounts of money it doesn’t have to the nations it favors—with no oversight—is a reminder that the vast majority of the elected officials who claim to represent the will of the American public, do not have their best interest in mind.

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Nightmare scenario for millions in wake of powerful hurricanes as unprepared survivors run out of food and water

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There’s an old expression that goes, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

I was reminded of that saying very often observing the situation before and after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida, respectively. And I’m quite certain I’m not the only prepper who was. I’ll explain.

As reported by The New York Times, survivors of Irma on the island of St. Martin “spoke of a disintegration in law and order” as they “struggled in the face of severe food and water shortages” caused by storm damage.

“All the food is gone now,” said Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.”

The paper also reported other predictable events following an apocalyptic event that destroyed 90 percent of buildings on some nearby islands, such as the breakdown of social order and the civil society. In addition to an absence of food and water, other basic services like electricity and telephone service are wiped out.

Then the Times reported this, which I found incredible:

As reports of increasing desperation continued to emerge from the region over the weekend, governments in Britain, France and the Netherlands, which oversee territories in the region, stepped up their response. They defended themselves against criticism that their reaction had been too slow, and insufficient. Both the French and Dutch governments said they were sending in extra troops to restore order, along with the aid that was being airlifted into the region [emphasis added].

For one, these are islands and they are located in the Caribbean, a region noted for warm water, sandy beaches, and great weather — until it turns severe, which happens often. Granted, Irma was an unusually large storm, but so what? When does it become anyone else’s responsibility to ensure you have enough emergency supplies to get by in the worst of times?

There are similar issues arising in the United States as well. Before the hurricanes struck, people flooded to stores and gas stations to stock up on supplies that they should have already had. Again, predictable.

I read an account where a family said they were “tailgating” up the Florida coast and sleeping in their vehicle off-and-on as they headed not so quickly out of state and north to Tennessee. They reported encountering empty gas stations, barren store shelves, and lack of water during the entire trip, at least the Florida portion of it.


The reports in St. Martin and the U.S. of societal breakdown and looting were also very predictable, which is why preppers will always ensure they have some means of self-defense. Even in the case of a massive weather-related natural disaster that has been seen coming for more than a week, there is still going to be a lag from the time the storm hits until the time increased aid and security arrive to bring peace and stability back to the affected areas. What do unarmed, unprotected people do in the meantime? That’s easy — they get victimized or killed. Because it does no good to prepare for disaster with extra food, water, camping, and survival gear if you can’t defend it and yourself. (Related: You need to know these 8 essential survival tips to prepare you for the next catastrophe.)

None of this is rocket science. In an emergency situation involving massive damage, there will be chaos and looting; there will be some degree of social breakdown; there will be death; there will be people taking advantage of the situation.

Even if all services are knocked out — phone, electricity, water — you must be prepared to shelter in place with enough food and water, and the ability to defend yourself, until the cavalry arrives. To see so many people so unprepared even though they live in a part of the world where violent weather is known to occur just makes me shake my head.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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Five of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US (PHOTOS)

While the Category 4 Galveston hurricane of 1900 remains the deadliest on record, with a death toll estimate of between 6,000 and 12,000, recent hurricanes have rivalled it in terms of cost, strength, and destruction.

RT takes a look at some of the most powerful storms to batter the US in recent times.

1 Hurricane Katrina

At a cost of $108bn in damage, Katrina stands as the costliest natural disaster to ever hit the US after it struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005.

Although rated a Category 3 when it made landfall in Louisiana, Katrina prompted over 50 failures in the levees and floodwalls protecting New Orleans and its suburbs. The storm caused more than 1,800 deaths, making it the third deadliest in US history and the deadliest in over 80 years.

Hundreds of thousands of New Orleans residents were displaced by the storm, and many had no home to return to after Katrina. Today the city’s population is around 64,000 lower than before the hurricane.

2 Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy followed Katrina as the second costliest hurricane to strike the US, leaving in its wake an estimated $75 billion in damage. Sandy affected 24 states when it hit in October 2012, with New Jersey and New York bearing the brunt of the storm.

Out of a total of 233 deaths across the United States, the Caribbean, and Canada, at least 117 fatalities were in the US.

Sandy flooded the New York Subway system and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. The economic losses in New York City alone were estimated to be roughly $19 billion.

3 Hurricane Ike

On September 13, 2008, the powerful tropical storm Ike, which had developed from west of Cape Verde, made its final landfall in Galveston, Texas. At least 113 people were reportedly killed either directly or indirectly in the US as it wreaked havoc along the Louisiana coastline all the way up to near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Total US damages amounted to $29.5 billion – making it the third costliest hurricane in the US.

4 Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane Andrew is the most recent of only three Category 5 hurricanes to ever make landfall in the US, striking in August 1992. The storm’s greatest impact was felt in South Florida, where sustained wind speeds reached as high as 165mph (270kph).

It killed 65 people in the US and caused $26.5 billion in damage.

5 Hurricane Wilma

Wilma was the most intense tropical storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It formed as a tropical depression in the Caribbean near Jamaica before becoming a Category 5 and reaching the Yucatán Peninsula on October 20, 2005. It weakened to a Category 2 hurricane as it closed in on Florida.

A total of 62 deaths, directly and indirectly, were attributed to Wilma, while damages were later estimated at $21.7 billion.

Wilma caused the largest disruption to electrical service ever experienced in Florida, with up to 98 percent of South Florida without power across 42 counties.

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The 2017 hurricane season looks set to add even more devastating storms to the list. Hurricane Harvey is predicted to be the costliest natural disaster in US  history, surpassing Katrina.

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott has estimated costs could reach up to $180 billion. The death toll from the major hurricane which hit Texas last month is currently estimated at 70.

Analysts have also warned of possible massive costs from Hurricane Irma, which has now reached the Florida coast as a Category 4 storm. Credit Suisse has predicted a $125 billion cost should Irma strike Miami directly at this intensity.

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8 helpful apps for hurricanes

From tracking and data to emergency walkie-talkie capabilities and where to find gas, these apps can help weather the storm.

When it became known that the Cajun Navy was using the walkie-talkie app, Zello, to coordinate rescues during Hurricane Harvey, the app shot to the top of the App Store’s free-apps chart. It kind of became an indispensable tool in the face of emergency, and with new hurricanes lining up like planes on a flight pattern, Zello is maintaining its dominance. For all the silly frivolous apps in the world, it bears remembering that there are some excellent ones out there, and in times of disaster, they can be lifelines.

Whether you’re interested in tracking the storm from afar, or you’re in the thick of it and need emergency functions and information, any of these apps could come in handy. (We’ve included links to iTunes in the titles of each app, but note that most are available at Google Play as well.)

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1. Hurricane Tracker
This old-school hurricane tracking app was one of the first and it remains relevant. It provides detailed storm maps, National Hurricane Center info, threat-level maps, forecast updates, real-time feeds and push alerts. Reviewed by CNN as the best Hurricane Tracking app available for iPhone, it’s the most used and most comprehensive tracking app available on any platform, say its creators.

2. Hurricane American Red Cross
While this app is lighter on actual meteorological information than some of the others – the latest iTune version doesn’t get as good reviews for actual tracking compared to previous versions – it still allows you to monitor conditions while also providing plenty of information on preparing your home and family, finding help and shelters (which could be especially helpful) and alerting others of your status.

3. HurricanePro
Another of the early hurricane-tracking apps, it’s still one of the most highly regarded. It has good satellite images and NOAA reports; can be integrated with Twitter – an important real-time tool; has historical storm data, and includes push notifications.

4. NOAA Now
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration app provides comprehensive information including: hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans; mainland storms, including the latest tornado and severe thunderstorm alerts; worldwide animated satellite views; the latest marine conditions from the National Data Buoy Center; the ultraviolet index. Great all-around information covering a variety of scenarios.

5. Zello
I use Zello to chat with a group of international colleagues, but its capabilities go way beyond a glorified chat room. One needs to be connected to a cellular or wireless network to use the walkie-talkie feature, but it’s a very effective way to communicate and users can join channels for easy group messaging. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Cajun Navy, it’s good enough for the rest of us. Business Insider has a great walk-through for how to use the app for an emergency.

6. Snapchat’s Snap Map
Not just for teens to add cute location stickers to their snaps! The interactive map lets users share their location with friends or the public. Many users were documenting the impact and rescue stories around Hurricane Harvey on their Snapchat Stories, which can be accessed on Snap Maps. As Karissa Bell for Mashable writes: “Snapchat is turning out to be a major resource for people trying to keep tabs on what’s happening on the ground in Houston. Snapchat users are turning to Snap Maps to keep tabs on flooding and other damage across Houston neighborhoods in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.”

7. GasBuddy
Hitting the road? With thousands of others at the same time? Get this app. Designed for year-round use, as in, not just evacuations, the app leads drivers to the cheapest gas in their areas. But now, it’s new and improved with a hurricane-specific update: “This app update provides gas and power availability tracking for areas impacted by the hurricanes. Users who need to refuel cars, boats and jet skis to aid rescue operations can easily search for stations that have power and fuel. We ask that if you encounter a station with no fuel or no power, please edit the information in the app to assist others who are searching for gas.”

The FEMA app provides tips and tools for before, during, and after disasters, including weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. You can upload and share disaster photos to help out emergency managers as well as other specific tools, like create a custom list of the items in your emergency kit or locations of planned family meeting sites; it also helps to locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers.

So there you have it; modern apps for modern a modern world. Alas.

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