For years we have tried to highlight the importance of preparedness, we have also warned that sometimes the most dangerous parts of a natural disaster are the threats that come in the aftermath of the disaster.
If you haven’t started prepping for the possibility of your own localized disaster, you really need to read our article on what to expect after the storm hits and see how it parallels what’s happening now in Texas.
Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: A lesson in Post-Disaster Threats and the Importance of Preparedness
Hurricane Harvey is a text book example of why people need to take preparedness seriously; not only was the initial storm a deadly nightmare, but the aftermath is proving to be even more dangerous.
Localized Threats: Chemicals plants, Infections, Violence and Disease
One of the things that we’ve warned about for years was preparing for the localized dangers that are specific to your environment. In Texas, residents are now dealing with a host of problems created by the Hurricane, problems that could plague the area for months to come.
Prepare for Disease Outbreaks
“As rains diminish and flood waters slowly recede around Houston and other cities hit by Harvey, health problems are moving in the other direction, with the worst yet to come.” “West Nile Virus and Zika Virus are likely to be big players in the area as mosquito larvae hatch, and mosquitoes breed and bite as we get into September. In fact, after Katrina, cases of West Nile more than doubled within one month’s time.”
Via CBS Denver
Chemical Plant and Hazardous waste Concerns
A series of small explosions shook a chemical plant northeast of Houston on Thursday, and more blasts were expected after floodwaters shut down the cooling systems that kept the chemicals stable.
Via New York Times
The explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby sent plumes of toxic smoke into the sky Thursday morning. “We want residents to be aware that product is stored in multiple locations on the site, and a threat of additional explosion remains,” Arkema said. “Please do not return to the area within the evacuation zone until local emergency response authorities announce it is safe to do so.”
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) August 31, 2017
You will lose water, and you will lose power.
Throughout the area, hundreds of thousands are without power and water. In Beaumont, 118,000 are now without running water after flooding caused both of the city’s water pumps to fail.
— Maggi Carter (@maggicarter) August 31, 2017
Long lines 100+ people– form outside of the few Houston area grocery stores that are open. However- milk, eggs & bread are hard to find. pic.twitter.com/ksrM7v4gD5
— Terrell Forney (@TVTerrell) August 29, 2017
As Houston is pounded by record level flooding, the worst of humanity has hit the streets looking to take advantage of an already horrific situation. Criminal gangs are robbing rescuers, posing as rescuers to rob victims, and looting local stores.