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61 days of working the issue and I have found that the FEMA response is by far better. The federal governmet is lost with trying to handle such an event. NIMS is not fully implemented as written but they seem to think it is the problem is as usual they think they can throw money and people to it and its fixed. Our elected officials in the higher anarchy are lost and wasting time and money. The Coast Guard is a valuable and vital aspect in most emergencies but fail to understand the importance of playing and sharing with others. 61 days and at my level the powers to be still are having turff wars. We might have thought FEMA was messed up but what I am witnessing is they are better than the present response. Could go on and on but the dog has been whipped until I am worn out.This is a true disaster within the diaster and regardless of what the president has done he is still clueless. The presidents administration is definately showing its lack of ability to understand the situation. As in the economic isuues the same princible is being applied just throw money at it fortunately at this time its BP's money but at the present rate our government will bankrupt them and guess whos money will be next. We must try to change the present course if we are to fight this spill without getting into all our taxpayers pockets. What is being done in 4 years will cost us the rest of our lives.
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Taylor: Coast is dodging bullets

The response when needed will fail due to the requirement to go through the "Unified Command" in Mobile, AL. This is a mockary of the system and fails to follow the structure that has been required for the local governments to meet! Local government has been and continues to be ignored by the existing structure. Lessons that have failed to be learned is "It begins local and ends local". As quoted in "Forrest Gump" "Stupid is as stupid does" Yes we locally know that this is not a "Stafford Act" response but NIMS is NIMS so do it correctly or get out of the way!

Calls to federalize spill response growing louder
The biggest problem s the federal and state governments. Neither have the proper training to conduct the event to begin with. The local government through both presidential and State proclamations are suppose to be trained in the National Incident Management System but have failed to meet the requirements that the local governments have been bullied into meeting. This is not a new issue it happened in 1979 and the agencies in charge of seeing this does not happen again are at fault! We the taxpayer have paid out a lot of money to oversee this and have failed. BP may be the source of the issue at hand but our own government is the true ones that have failed.In 1979 the incident that occured was worse but the American people sucked it up and kepth thier hands in thier pockets. This is our governments fault! Do your homework. Senco then is now Transocean the same dispersement was used the same engineering so in 31 years as in so many incidents we fail to learn the lessons of the disaster. Do your homework America we have paid for this failure.
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Guess we were Gamma - LOL

Good point about tourism....
But I think it goes deeper than that
No real planning

BP had no emergency plan (as we can see
the results) and our officials dont either
Like Sand said - "we should have learned
from Katrina" - But we don't....

Sand - I hope you keep your reports up
for us "from the frontlines"

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Emmy, you and I must have been writing at same time because you were not yet here when I went to typing my comment! LOL
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Hello Sand,

Glad you are there to get a look at what is going on. I think our State and Locals are afraid to let out their worse fears because of tourism and how much that is costing the states that have not yet been affected.

We are no where near that spill and our cancelations are crazy here in the east coast of Florida...just because of the Loop current getting oil in it news.

You can yell and vent all you want; you deserve it. It always seems each level is not willing to share with the others...

and nothing seems to be getting done and we are not learning what the heck is really going on here.

Are they ever going to be able to stop that well ??? will it eventually dry up????

this makes me sick....

otherwise, try to enjoy a little of the weekend
that honors our heroes.

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Sand - first off, thank YOU for doing what you're doing - fighting the good fight. Can always trust what you have said and always trust what you will say in the future.

I have learned so much from you and your words
I too have seen the FAILURE of not only BP (an oil company running our country) but the LACK OF EMERGENCY RESPONDERS to this horrific incident.

They are like sheep. Scary that we have NO ONE to depend on- to trust anymore.
I know you understand what I'm sayin....

And I thank YOU for keeping it real.

Thanks for your service.
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Ok well let me see if I will get fired for voicing my opinion. You can blame BP for the spill but you have to blame the state for the lack of information to your elected officials and emergency responders. They are playing a smooth game of filtering the information as well as screening the information to you even if you are sitting beside them. I have worked in serious situations and critical information flow is a must! It is not happening at all at the local level! I am frustrated and yes even mad. I am tired of the political game that is being played and I fear it may be from the head of our state. You can down play the threat all you want but the fact still remains it is our dirt and we should have a voice in what is being done to protect it! I will say that the BP representatives have sat at the table and listened to what we have to say but yet it goes to the Unified Command that is controlled by our state representatives and it goes into the "Black Hole" and never gets back to the local level with good clean Facts. The information return is in a public release format and fails to be direct as it should be to the very people that are trying to work the issues at the local level. It is even more interesting that when you approach them with an elected official the response is "Send a represenative to the Unified Command in Mobile AL." I have been there and is has been no information shareing and further fear that the sign in sheet that you sign in will be billed to BP for your time as part of a state team member when in fact you are being paid by your local jurisdiction. This may not be true but with such doughts and lack of information sharing it makes you wonder. We learned many things in Katrina but it apparently failed to pass the surge zone! I have no power to do anything about the problem other than to tell the truth or my take of such. I no longer have the title of Director of Jackson County Civil Defense but I do have the love and care to protect our interest. The issues are slowly being brought to the table but the true question is how long do we have to get it done. I fear time is against us if things dont change. It is not your local officials failing here it is the lack of the state to allow them to be a part of the planning and or information shareing process. It fails to meet the basic requirements of the "National Response Framework" and what it stands for! I hope what I have witnessed in the last few weeks is incorrect but I feel we at the local level are not being heard but yet passified.
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Sand - keep up the good fight/work
I am gratefully that I know someone actually WORKING it in the trench - than thinking they KNOW.....really appreciate what you do...wish I could join you on this effort - but I think my hands will be full working cane season/sheltering....all the best.
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Hello Sand,

I know you have probably been so busy with all this mess and I am so sorry for all the destruction.

but since I did not make it here in past two weeks I just had to stop in today to say
Hello and try to find time to have some fun this weekend.

Take care,

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Sand, I am so sorry. Such a horrible mess. Just be careful about breathing in those fumes. We all are just kind of taking each day as it come with more news from arrogant BP. Tony Hayward and Lamar McKay are not on my most liked list :(
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Hello friends. I have been exstremely busy with the oil issue and other things. It looks as if the oil is going to eventually get here but the question is when. I hope all are doing ok just wanted to stop in and say hello.
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Good link for models of the oil spill in the Gulf.
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Well the smell has arrived well ahead of the oil!
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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Update, May 1, 2010
Saturday, 01 May 2010 14:45 Press Release Latest National News .16144
12345(0 votes, average 0 out of 5) ROBERT, La.--(ENEWSPF)--May 1, 2010. The unified command continues with a comprehensive oil-well intervention and spill-response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. Nearly 2,000 personnel are involved in the response effort with additional resources being mobilized as needed. The federal government has been fully engaged in the response since the incident occurred April 20.

The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area. Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure. Approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of natural gas is shut-in. This is less than one-tenth of a percent of daily gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Response crews worked through the night using a ROV to dispense 3,000 gallons of sub-surface dispersant at a rate of nine gallons per minute. BP and NOAA are evaluating the results of the test procedure to determine its feasability for continued use.

Oil Report Line/Volunteer Line - (866)-448-5816

Rapid response teams are staged to deploy to shorlines affected by oil to evaluate and determine an appropriate clean-up effort to minimize the impact to the environment.

BP has established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for people to call. When calling, people should communicate what they are volunteering for what areas they are available to work in. In addition, people can call to learn about the training that is required to work in oil spill clean-up operations.

Claim Line (800)-440-0858
BP has established a claim system and an 800 number for people to call. This system will allow people to begin the process to recover lost income or recoup damage related expenses.

To report oiled or injured wildlife, please call (866)-557-1401.

Incident Facts:
More than 275,580 feet of boom (barrier) has been assigned to contain the spill. An additional 316,470 feet is available.

To date, the oil spill response team has recovered 23,968 barrels (1,006,656 gallons) of an oil-water mix.

68 response vessels are being used including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels.

142,914 gallons of dispersant have been deployed and an additional 68,300 gallons are available.

Six staging areas are in place and ready to protect sensitive shorelines. These areas include:

Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Fla. Venice, La., Pascagoula, Miss., Theodore, Ala., and Port Sulphur, La.

Weather conditions for May 1 - Winds from the southeast at 20 - 25 knots, 6 - 8 foot seas with chance of afternoon showers.

126 people were on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when the incident occurred. 11 remain unaccounted for; 17 were injured, 3 of them critically. 1 injured person remains in the hospital.

For the latest information visit www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Oil_Spill_2010 or on Facebook at Deepwater Horizon Response.

Source: deepwaterhorizonresponse.com

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Quoting EmmyRose:
Post 1381: Looks like a 'cane :-(

I know everytime I see those pictures it looks like a swirl...scary...
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Post 1381: Looks like a 'cane :-(
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Gulf of Mexico - Deepwater Horizon Incident

DATE: May 01, 2010 13:44:31 CST
Update on Administration-wide response efforts in the Gulf Coast

Deepwater Horizon Incident
Joint Information Center

Phone: (985) 902-5231
(985) 902-5240

The response to the BP Oil Spill began as an emergency search and rescue mission by the U.S. Coast Guard and other partners on April 20.

Concurrently, command center operations were stood up immediately in the Gulf Coast to begin also addressing the environmental impact of the incident.

The morning after the explosion, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar deployed Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes down to the gulf to assist with coordination and response to the incident.

The Administration immediately began holding regular calls with BP leadership and numerous senior-level meetings have been held between the administration and BP to discuss BP's response effort and federal oversight and support.

The National Response Team (NRT), an organization of 16 federal departments and agencies responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents was quickly activated and a coordinated group of federal partners-including the United States Coast Guard, Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency-immediately began directing and overseeing BP's response.

The President immediately began actively monitoring the incident and consulting on the response. The President has been in contact with all the governors of the states that may be affected and ordered that the administration use every single available resource at our disposal.

The Department of Defense is fully integrated into the DHS-led team and fully supportive of all response activities. Navy assets have been involved since day #1, and the Coast Guard and Department of Defense continue to work closely together, anticipating requirements, identifying response options, and rapidly providing response support.

The Secretary of Defense has approved a request for two C-130 aircraft with Modular Aerial Spray Systems (MASS), which are currently en route to the affected area. The Coast Guard has requested assistance from the Department of Defense for these aircraft.

These aircraft dispense the same dispersant chemical being used by BP and the federal responders. Each system is capable of covering up to 250 acres per flight with three flights per aircraft per day.

Additionally, in direct support of the Coast Guard under an existing pollution clean-up and salvage operations agreement, the Navy is providing a variety of oil pollution control equipment. The Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom with mooring equipment, several skimming systems, related support gear, and personnel to support oil spill response efforts. Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as a staging facility for Coast Guard contractor-provided equipment.

To prepare for the possible spreading of the oil slick across the Gulf Coast and in support of the 2nd Unified command Center in Mobile, Ala., Department of Defense is airlifting additional boom materials to Mobile later today. The booms are currently located on four tractor trailers to expedite transportation on the receiving end.

Early on, the President directed responding agencies to not only devote every resource to respond to this incident but to also determine its cause. Earlier this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar laid out the next steps for the investigation.

The President has also dispatched Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar, EPA Administrator Jackson, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner and NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco to the Gulf Coast to ensure all is being done to respond to this oil spill.

Secretary Napolitano announced that this incident is a spill of national significance, the Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs, and the EPA is conducting air monitoring activities to gather information on the impact of the controlled burn on air quality.

As part of the designation of the BP Oil Spill as a Spill of National Significance, Secretary Napolitano has announced that U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen will serve as the National Incident Commander for the administration's continued, coordinated response—providing additional authority and oversight in leveraging every available resource to respond to the BP oil spill and minimize the associated environmental risks.

As National Incident Commander, Admiral Allen will continue to work closely with Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator, and the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Interior and Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments and agencies as appropriate—as well as BP, the responsible party in the spill—to ensure the efficient continued deployment and coordination of vital response assets, personnel and equipment that were activated immediately after the spill began.

To keep the public informed about the latest, validated environmental air and water sampling results, EPA has launched a dedicated website at www.epa.gov/bpspill, which will also provide information on the broader federal response.

For overall information about the response effort the public can go to www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com

In response to the BP oil spill, the Secretary of Defense is authorizing under title 32 the mobilization of the Louisiana National Guard to help in the ongoing efforts to assist local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil and to protect critical habitats from contamination. As the responsible party in this incident, the government will hold BP accountable for the costs of the deployment.

The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area. Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure. Approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of natural gas is shut-in—less than one-tenth of a percent of daily gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the BP spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations. NOAA spill specialists are advising the U.S. Coast Guard on cleanup options as well as advising all affected federal, state and local partners on sensitive marine resources at risk in this area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Rapid response teams are staged to deploy to shorelines affected by oil to evaluate and determine an appropriate clean-up effort to minimize the impact to the environment.

A volunteer program has been established and a toll-free number—(866)-448-5816—set up for people to call to learn about volunteer opportunities in all areas and what training is required.

By the Numbers to Date:

* Personnel were quickly deployed and nearly 2,000 are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlife—hundreds more than yesterday.
* Approximately 75 response vessels have been responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup efforts—in addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.
* More than 275,000 feet of boom (barrier) have been deployed to contain the spill—an increase of nearly 60,000 feet since yesterday. An additional 316,470 feet is available.
* More than 1 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered—an increase of approximately 150,000 gallons since yesterday.
* Nearly 143,000 gallons of dispersant have been deployed—an increase of more than 3,500 gallons since yesterday. An additional 68,300 gallons are available.
* Six staging areas (Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Fla., Venice, La., Pascagoula, Miss. and Theodore, Ala., and Port Sulphur, La.) were set up to protect sensitive shorelines.
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Oh Sand, this is just so sad what is happening right before our eyes.

No room for words.

but I am going to try and leave a little cheerfulness...

It is Saturday, it is the Weekend!
Hope you get to enjoy and relax,


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Expert: Surface area of BP's US oil spill has tripled; rough seas again thwart containment
04:35 AM May 02, 2010VENICE, Louisiana (AP) - The surface area of a Gulf of Mexico oil spill has quickly tripled in size, and the Coast Guard estimates possibly as much as 1.6 million gallons (6.06 million liters) of oil have spilled from the offshore rig operated by British oil company BP and owned by Transocean Ltd.

Satellite images analyzed by the University of Miami show the slick nearly tripled in a day or so, to cover by late Friday some 3,850 square miles (9,900 square kilometers), according to Hans Graber, an expert at the university.

The Coast Guard said Saturday estimates are imprecise, but did acknowledge that high waves are hampering cleanup efforts.

The spill threatens the fish, shrimp, oysters and crabs that make the Gulf Coast an abundant source of seafood.

The April 20 explosion at the rig killed 11 workers.

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Looks like the Mississippi coast is going to get smeared. Beach closings probably tommorrow all along the coast. Most sensitive areas have been boomed off and almost all boat launches are not available due to the booms that are in place. The winds are creating havoc with the booms as well. Water activities as we know them are null and void at this time and at this rate many days or weeks to come.
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YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- Rescuers combed neighborhoods of splintered homes in Mississippi, ferrying the injured on all-terrain vehicles where roads were impassable after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed at least 10 people, including three children.

The high winds on Saturday tore roofs off buildings in hard-hit Yazoo County, where Gov. Haley Barbour grew up. He described "utter obliteration" among the picturesque hills rising from the flat Mississippi Delta. Heavy thunderstorms also swept across north Alabama, Georgia and other states early Sunday, downing trees and unleashing scattered hail.
Meteorologists said it was too soon to tell whether a single long-lasting tornado -- or multiple shorter ones -- caused the arc of death and damage in far-flung Mississippi communities.

Yazoo County's coroner, Ricky Shivers, attended to the dead after his own truck was picked up by the winds and flipped over, leaving him with cuts and bruises. Yet even as authorities did their difficult work in more than a dozen counties, some residents told stories of unlikely survival amid the destruction.

"The roof was caving in, TVs flying off the shelves and it was horrible," said Mitchell Saxton, the owner of Ribeye's Steak House in Yazoo City.

Those with him in the restaurant ran into a walk-in freezer to safety when they saw the tornado. Saxton's restaurant was destroyed but no one was hurt there.

"We got in the walk-in freezer, sat in there for about 10 minutes," Saxton said. "When I came out it was really bad. Just thanking the good Lord I'm here and able to talk with you all."

Tornadoes were also reported in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama, and the severe weather continued to track northeastward early Sunday as gusty winds also downed trees crossing northwest Georgia.

In Yazoo City, Malcolm Gordon, 63, stood with family members peering out at the neighborhood through a broken window.

Above them, the roof was gone, a tree lay across part of the house and power lines stretched across the yard. The smell of shredded pine trees hung in the warm breeze amid modest houses and mobile homes.

Gordon and his wife, Diane, hid in a closet while much of the neighborhood was blown away.

"I'll just bulldoze what's left and start over," he said.

Essie Hendrix, manager of Peebles department store in Yazoo City, said she and other employees were inside with about 15 customers when the tornado struck. An assistant manager took the customers to the back of the store, and Hendrix saw the tornado barreling through the parking lot.

"It was like a rumbling and a roaring and stuff was falling," Hendrix said. "It sounded like it was going to suck us out of there. It lasted about two minutes, but it felt like it lasted an hour."

No one in the store was injured, about 100 yards away from the steakhouse that was destroyed.

The severe weather began in Louisiana, just across the state line from Mississippi when a tornado destroyed 12 homes and warehouses at Complex Chemical Co., which makes antifreeze and other automotive fluids, owner Jerry Melton said.

The storm system moved east, with the twister hitting nearby Yazoo County, Miss., killing four people. In adjacent Holmes County, another person was killed. A little farther northeast, a tornado hit Choctaw County, where another five victims were reported, including children ages 3 months, 9 and 14.

Authorities in Choctow County were going house-to-house in the areas with the worst damage to check for any injured.

In Yazoo City, stunned residents stood on a hill overlooking the destruction. A National Guard helicopter sat nearby, and later took the governor on an aerial tour.

"Sad, man," said 22-year-old Rafael Scott, shaking his head. "It's really hard to believe."

Three broken crosses stood near a flattened church. A nearby funeral home was reduced to rubble. In a patch of woods, pieces of tin were twisted high up in the broken trees.

Thousands across the state were without electricity, and downed power lines and trees blocked roads. At least four people had been brought by four-wheeler to a triage center at an old discount store parking lot, Yazoo City Mayor McArthur Straughter said as sirens whined in the background.

Jim Pollard, a spokesman for American Medical Response ambulance service, said four patients from Yazoo County were airlifted and some 20 others were taken to hospitals. At least four people were in critical condition.

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Weather has settle down but much to do.
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Death toll is up to 10 spread over 3 counties. Two of them children, it's been a long sad day.
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Hello Sandcrab,

It is Saturday!

Hope the crappy weather is passing you by and you can enjoy your weekend.

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1367. Patrap
Buoy Anchor washed up against RR tracks in Rudduck,LA..just on the West Side of Lake Pontchartrain near I-55.

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Happy Belated Birthday SC, and congrats again on the award! The Shed is ready to be opened on the Harbor. Saw it last week when I was home. Will have to try it out and see if it is as good as the original. 'Mon over sometime and try it out for yourself.
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Sand, have a wonderful birthday! Let's all go after the guy that invented grass :)
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1364. Patrap
.."Stay Thirsty My Friend"..

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Happy Birthday
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Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!!
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Quoting sandcrab39565:
The invention of the lawn mower is revolutionary but much fuss could have been averted if grass was never created.lol

I like that, who created "lawn" anyway? LOL
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Happy Birthday you wonderful man. Thank you for all you do in your area at Hurricane time. May you be blessed with great health, lots of love and laughter in your life and many special friends who truly appreciate you. God Bless and have a wonderful day.
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happy birthday,happy birthday
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The invention of the lawn mower is revolutionary but much fuss could have been averted if grass was never created.lol
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Do you know anything about the rumor going around about Dr. Lyons?
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OH Sand, that is the way it goes when you get more "mature" not sure how old you are but anytime I spend a lot of "yard work hours" you can bet I am so sore the next day!

Along with all your Hurricane Prep advise in your header I noticed this.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


I find I am becoming more and more Conservative Liberitarian every day.

I am finding this year's Hurricane Season forcast to be somewhat .....oh well, I am afraid it will not be a boring year!

Get rested up because I am sure we will need your expertise as the season comes upon us!

take care,

Have a great day and weekend!

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EEks paying the price of gardening today ouch its hurts to move.lol Was a beautiful day on the MS coast today had to water the new children plants good this evening to bed them down well.lol
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Finished the planting yesterday ended up with 37 tomatoes and 32 pepper plants.lol Oh well if they all survive and produce there will be plenty.LOL
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Hiya Hero - yep this weekend promises to be the best SPRING can spring.....
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Hi Sandcrab,

WOW your garden is looking good; and you have room for a nice size one!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

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Morning friends looks like a week of beautiful weather ahead.
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The garden is growing.
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Every Team has a Quarterback..and your Our MVP my Humble friend.

And were lucky and proud to have you here.

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- At the recent National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., former Jackson County Emergency Management Director Butch Loper was recognized for more than 30 years of service.

And though the distinguished service award bore his name alone, Loper said Monday that he didn't earned it alone.

"It's kind of hard for that to be a singular person award," Loper said Monday.

"When you start doing emergency response and emergency management work, it's really a teamwork thing. So, to me, it's an award that recognized the teamwork of our county and our region as a whole ... for the people that work together during disasters."

Loper, who cites 32 years of emergency volunteer work during his career, said he tries to attend the national conference as many years possible, keeping current on a variety of different subjects through networking with colleagues, peers and Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"You can pick up some new ideas," Loper said, by talking with emergency officials who have dealt with similar situations, such as Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast while he headed the local emergency management office. "(You see) how they responded and some of the things they did."

The annual conference also helps keep Loper apprised of new weather-measurement technology, such as storm-surge prediction, he said.

After more than four years as director of emergency management, Loper stepped down and is currently the assistant road manager for Jackson County.

And yet, no matter how much he learns, or what is engraved above his name on his distinguished service plaque, Loper insists he's just one piece of a larger whole protecting the Mississippi Coast.

He cites a personal philosophy of, "I can do a little, but we can do a lot."

"It's a teamwork effort and you have to be a team player," he said.

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