Remembering 'Hurricane Pam'
There's loads of this stuff on the blogosphere, and the entire Internet for that matter, but I simply can't let go of the fact that everyone and their mother knew that New Orleans would be devastated by a Category 3 storm or more. Diane E. Dees writes:
"Hurricane Pam, a slow-moving Category 3 storm, hit New Orleans with 120 mph winds. Twenty inches of rain fell in some places, and the storm surge topped the levees. Over a million residents evacuated, and between 500,000 and 600,000 buildings were destroyed. Some say that 60,000 people died; others say the death toll was between 25,000 and 100,000.
If you're trying to figure out why you've never heard of Hurricane Pam, let me explain: Unless you work for FEMA or live in Louisiana, you couldn't be expected to know about it. Hurricane Pam was a hypothetical storm created for a 2004 tabletop exercise done by FEMA and Louisiana officials."