Today is the last day for victims of Tropical Storm Irene to ask for aid. FEMA wants anyone whose homes were damaged by Irene or the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee to register for aid no later than today.
It's been a project that I have taken on very year since I've done this morning show-writing a year end song. I always consider it a challenge getting all of the facts together. I'll give you the list that I've compiled so far, and please let me know if I'm missing anything before I start putting this together!
As another year draws to a close we all begin to reflect on what happened in 2011 and with that we were inspired to see what the biggest stories on wgna.com were - and by biggest we mean the most read. Out of the hundreds of stories we published, Hurricane Irene was clearly dominant and you were very focused on our coverage of that devastating storm. You also enjoyed some fun stuff too - check out the top ten stories from wgna.com after the jump.
"Tis the season for giving. With unprecented wild weather in our area this year that included hurricane force winds, torrential rain and flooding as well as a couple of tornadoes, the need for help has been greater than ever too. Your generosity can help.
Since I'm stereotyped as the eternal "Mr. Negative" on the morning show (and I have NO idea where that came from, by the way!), I thought I would carry that theme through on this day of giving thanks, just to keep things in perspective.
We should prepare ourselves for hotter summers, snowier winters, severe floods, and a range of other effects. Tropical Storms Irene and Lee are believed to be signs of a climate change for upstate New York.
Radio is still the fastest and most reliable way to get emergency information out to the public. In the wake of recent snow storms, power outages, hurricanes, and tropical storms GNA stayed on the air to keep the public informed, something an Ipod or Computer Jukebox can't do.
Years ago the local and national alert system that kept Americans in the know on the radios and TV's was the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) and now the system used to do the same is the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
You can't even imagine the work that lies ahead for these poor people in Schoharie County, and we want to do what we can here to publicize events whenever possible. There's an upcoming fire department benefit dance that I'd like to draw your attention to...
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