|Photo: Bradley Carroll
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin gives remarks during FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate’s visit to meet with local officials and survey damages from Hurricane Irene.
Bouncing back from Hurricane Irene
By David Hoekman
Yikes, it’s Aug. 31 already. I can’t believe it. The summer is very nearly over.
Soon the leaf-peeper tours will be out and about.
For today’s blog, I thought about returning to U.S. President Barack Obama’s remarks about travel agents. I commented on this Aug. 24.
But then I saw Arnie Weissmann at Travel Weekly provided his usual common-sense commentary on this topic.
Yes, time to move on to something else.
I thought momentarily about continuing with the presidential theme by writing about the new $1.1 million Prevost coach the U.S. Secret Service purchased for presidential bus tours and campaign trips.
The bus generated a lot of media attention when Obama used it on that swing through three Midwestern states. You remember, when he talked about jobs and travel agents.
Actually, the Secret Service bought two of the coaches, one for the president and the other for the eventual Republican presidential nominee.
And while it’s an interesting motor vehicle, it’s one very few of us will actually ride in.
I’m moving on.
Hurricane Irene prowled up the Eastern Seaboard and disrupted life — and travel — for millions of people over the weekend.
Thankfully, Hurricane Irene was not a category 3 or category 4 storm. By the way, why do meteorological types talk about cat 3 or cat 4 storms as if they were felines?
Still, Irene caused a lot of damage and led to loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones.
“People often think of FEMA when it comes to disasters, but as I saw firsthand in Vermont, the team was working together to respond at all levels — the federal family, state, tribal and local government, the faith-based and non-profit community, and especially the public, as neighbors across Vermont have reached out to help each other,” he wrote.
It may be hard to get to a few places in Vermont for this fall’s foliage season, but I predict the season will be spectacular as usual. I hope before people cancel their Vermont foliage trips, they will pick up the phone and call the attractions and accommodations to find out the situation for themselves. Chances are by then the places will be ready for visitors.
If they’re not, you may have to alter your plans a bit. But changing things up can lead to unexpected surprises. And those in the Vermont tourism industry will certainly appreciate the business.
It’s tempting to cancel. But this is one time where you don’t want to move on. Think of it as your way of helping out the Green Mountain State.