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I witnessed first hand how the government and the private sector functioned during the aftermath of hurricane disasters.
In 1970 Hurricane Celia smashed Corpus Christi and mny of the surrounding towns. Many, my self among them, went two weeks without power. Traffic signals didn't work and the city was in the dark at night. Food spoiled and mosquites flourished! The National Guard set up mobile food kitchens and provided all comers with good, hot food. The Coast Guard and the Navy performed well providing search and rescue and man power for clean up and other things.
Ice was a much desired commodity and was being shipped in daily from San Antonio. Demand soon outstripped supply and the price shot up. When certain "ice pirates" began charging ridiculously exorbitant prices Mayor Jack Blackmon stepped in and confiscated the ice and gave it away. He then set a fixed, low price until power was restored.