What perplexes me is how did they deal with these storms fifty years ago? There was no FEMA in the past. How did they rebuild? How did they survive without power? How did the survive without food shipments? How did they make it without water? I heard Port Arthur is running out of food. They have no power or water. FEMA is out of emergency rations called KE. What did the people who lived here decades ago do when these storms came? People back then died in storms, and cities in the past were severely damaged by storms. However, government agencies whose purpose was to wipe your ass did not exist at that time.
There are things people can do to limit damage. The utilities can be buried underground, and I mean all of the utilities. Kingwood went thirty hours without power because their mainlines were built above ground, but all the other power lines where buried, which means it was the mainlines of the grid that failed. Homes can be built to take more of a pounding. Flooding is something that cannot be stopped, but wind damage can be limited. Public buildings both private and governmental can be built to take a pounding. Evacuation rail lines can be built to move people off the coastline, and used the rest of the time for cargo and tourist travel. (The road system and gasoline supplies failed the evacuation, and actually generated casualties.) People themselves can keep hurricane/survival kits packed with one week of supplies and purchase generators. They could install hurricane clips on their windows and have wood cut to fit the clips and windows or storm shutters can be installed. Hell hurricane proof windows even exist!
I ask what did our gulf coast fore-bearers do in the past when storms slammed into them? They seemed to have survived, but I guess they never learned. I just do not like the idea of government having to subsidize everybody. It spreads weakness by making people dependent upon it. I think that is becoming apparent.