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Natural Disaster Could Mean Self Defense Emergency

It's hurricane season once again! The time of the year when those of us in the south truly get concerned. Since 2005, we've weathered hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike. Though we made it through, I know many people who's lives were changed by at least one of those storms. Hurricane Katrina was a nightmare for my hometown of New Orleans, as well as the north shore, which includes Slidell where I spent the majority of my younger years. Prior to Katrina, my grandparents lived in the same New Orleans home for nearly 40 years. As Katrina approached we pleaded with them to evacuate. As was the case with every other previous hurricane, they refused. Less than 24 hours prior to Katrina's landfall, by the grace of God, they decided to evacuate. Later that day their home took 10+ feet of water. Had they stayed both would have likely been killed. The storm surge and flood waters would have probably killed my grandparents just like it did to thousands of other New Orleans residents. Had they survived the flood waters, help was literally 1 to 2 weeks away depending on where you lived. Katrina was so devastating that government officials were not prepared for the number of people who needed help. After just a day or so crime began to spike, by day three parts of the city were literally a war zone. Think about it for a second. In most cases people had no power, no food, no water (the flood water was contaminated and not safe to drink), and no communication with the outside world. Self defense and security were a definite priority as the National Guard was called in to take control of the City. People were killing one another, robbing, looting, it was a modern day war zone. The New Orleans Superdome was used as an emergency shelter and thousands flocked to the dome because they felt confident that it was a safe haven. In the case of Katrina, that could not have been further from the truth. People were killed and many others raped and sexually assaulted in the Super dome in the days following Katrina. There was and is a great need for personal security products in any natural disaster. How many people wished they had some type of self defense product when times got really tough in New Orleans? Again, there was and is a definitive need for surveillance equipment during times of crisis. An "eye in the sky" would have proved to be extremely beneficial when trying to determine what took place during and after the worst natural disaster in American history. Imagine being able to review a video account of what happened during and hours after the storm. In Baton Rouge, were we currently reside, hurricane Gustav took the wind out of our sails and we are just finishing our recovery now. All of us hope and pray we will be spared from a major hurricane this year, only time will tell. It is so important to be prepared for natural disasters, specifically hurricanes. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death. Some helpful resources can be found at http://www.cityofno.com/pg-162-24.aspx
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