Originally Posted by Planobilly
The emergency generator issue is just one of many things I have to deal with in a hurricane. The cost of these storms are very high. Uninsured losses for me from Irma exceed $200,000. Most of this was at the nursery. Oh well...we just get to work another year for free. No one ever said farming was easy!!
Nurseries are easily damaged in huge numbers. My father had a client who owned a huge nursery in NC. I did a lot of work for them. One time the state was about to build a road and was going to come through their property. They said to the state that if they insisted that was fine but maybe they should know the value of the inventory on that land and perhaps even ride through it with them. Well, after they found out his land would cost them $10 million and they could put a curve in around it and only pay $100,000 to the neighbors, the road has a curve that people driving through it wonder why it's straight most of the way but not there.
Farmers have suffered tremendous loss due to the storms. In Puerto Rico it's all the Sugar Cane fields. Our businesses are all indoors and our losses small by comparison but just paying 3000 employees for five days to a week or more of not working. Still, that's our choice and out situation, like yours, is just immaterial compared to what so many have experienced. It could have been so much worse so we have no complaints.
Ultimately the real losses are the suffering of humans, the loss of lives, the damage to lives. It's like Vegas, there weren't just hundreds impacted but all their families and friends. Then you don't even think of the economic impact, but you have a large part of the strip closed and who knows how long for Mandalay and Luxor and their employees and the companies suffering. There are far reaching impacts of most disasters that most of us will never realize.