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Lessons learned: A time for forgetting

Hurricane Ike’s two-year anniversary is just a few days away and Galvestonians are once again eying a tropical storm forming off the West African coast. Hopefully Igor will follow Earl up the Eastern seaboard and give the Gulf Coast a break. But there’s always a chance this is the storm people will be talking about [...]

Lessons learned: Comparisons benefit no one

Just about every story I’ve heard or read in the last week about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina could have been about our storm. Swap out the name of the city, the storm and the dates and the reporters could be telling Galveston’s story of devastation and recovery. Of course, Galveston suffers from any comparison [...]

Lesson learned: The sum of the parts

Hurricane Ike taught me that the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole, contrary to what the old saying would have us believe. We like to think that if we take care of the parts (individuals) then the whole (community) will benefit. But more often than not the parts are sacrificed for [...]

Lessons learned: A give and take

As we get closer to Huricane Ike’s second anniversary, I’ve been thinking about what I learned covering, living though and writing a book about the third costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of those lessons here, in no particular order.

I spilled a lot of ink in [...]