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I am on fringe area of Katrina's path, I personally went without electricity for several days, without internet for more days and lost all trees, fences, landscaping and such but fortunately built a hurricane proof house (gets a lot of press 'cause of it) and I am on auto-deposit w/ Google and my bank wasn't flooded or wiped out. But I think it is kind of Google to make contact with those of us on the U. S. Gulf Coast. I hope this helps them understand why we don't use local hosting --duh!--and they take this into consideration when putting formulas into the SERP algos that use IP addresses of websites. My sites subjects are mostly about the U.S. Gulf Coast but hosted in Vancouver! The Bourbon update was not good for me :o(
I'm not sure that site server IP address was a factor--but mighta been from the looks of the visitors I get now, mostly from Canada!
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It is just freaking unreal...i heard some reporter on a major TV network say at close of a segment something like 'well guess it will be several weeks before things are back to normal' and the guy on the other end, a fireman or local guy, just shook his head and made a brief comment , something to the effect...no lady, it will be years and years, you have no idea.
There is all this stuff that I would have not ever thought about had I not seen it starting last year after Ivan---
cost of building materials doubles and never goes down, not enuf repair contractors so half-baked worthless drifters show up from all states in droves calling themselves tile layers, carpet layers, etc...and in the mix are actually some of 'America's Most Wanted'(some have actually been arrested here) --crime skyrockets, shoplifting at places like Wal-Mart skyrockets.
...the vunerable, old people, ignorant people get conned like crazy.
Tons of people are unemployed, all the service people at all the hotels and resorts are layed off. All the businesses that provided services during the usually thriving tourist season close.
The local festivals that sometimes are sponsored by local chamber of commerces are canceled. No hotels, no condos to rent...beaches screwed up... Sometimes the revenue from the festival provides the money for the salaries for the employees of the local chambers--they are in trouble.
There is a huge shortable of crutial building materials like composite flat roof condo stuff,elevator parts, so the repairs drag our over a year and a half while mildew grows inside of condos that were not even damaged in the initial storm. Nothing is rentable, but owner'smortgage payments continue, as do their monthly owners fees and the new hurricane related assesments for uninsurable stuff like pools, etc..
The contractors over extend so they hire subs who hire subs who hire subs, everyone pads the bills and the owners of condo buildings are absentee owners represented by a volunteer board of directors, many of whom live out of state--chaos--in the end--lawsuits are filed, the owners get billed for more expenses to pay lawyer fees.
Insurance won't settle--adjusters won't show up, try to get out of everthing they possibley can--owners have to hire independent adjusters and lawyers.
Local rental management companies go bankrupt cause they have no rental units to offer to the public. The folks who do their websites (us) have to choose to either not bill them for a year or more hoping that they can ride this out and stay in biz.
Meanwhile the dress shops, hair salons, spas, nicer restaurants, etc...have gone bankrupt and closed.
The deep sea fishing captains have no charters. They have mortgages just like most people only on home plus the boats sometimes.
Wal-Mart has cleared out the fun water sport merchandise to make room for the additional South of the Border merchandise that the huge influx of Mexican workers want.
The entire face of the community has changed, it will never be the same.
The psychologists offices are full.