The Other Side of Ike – September 18, 2008
It’s good to be on the other side of Hurricane Ike. Marbie fared very well, but those in Galveston lost a lot. Some lost their lives.
Hurricane Ike may be the storm of the century for Galveston. The 1915 level four hurricane that hit Galveston is the 4th most devastating storm to hit the U.S. The 1900 Hurricane that killed 6,000 people in Galveston is the second most devastating hurricane to hit this country.
We don’t know the death toll from Ike yet. It currently stands at 20 in the Galveston area and 55 nation-wide. We may never know how many perished on Boliver Peninsula. The sixteen foot seawall built after the 1900 storm greatly reduced the death toll in the 1915 storm to 245. Early warning technology should have greatly reduced the death toll of this storm. However, there were many who didn’t or couldn’t leave Bolivar Peninsula before the storm surge.
The lesson from every storm of this nature is to move to higher ground well in advance of the storm surge. Storm surge is the primary killer. Hurricane force winds account for less deaths. The property left behind is not worth your life.
We’ve just passed the peak of hurricane season and there are a couple of months to go. Let’s not decide to stay behind to protect land, buildings or possessions and die in the surge. Your possessions are worth nothing to you if you don’t survive. Survive first, then re-build your possessions. YOU are what matters most. You contribute a lot to society, your family and your friends. Your top priority is to stay alive to serve another day. We need you.