Having lived in Florida my entire life I often wonder why people freak out at the slightest thought of tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical Storm Beryl just passed through Jacksonville, FL with very little damage to the area. Power went out in most of the city, trees and tree branches fell, the general stuff that happens with fast winds and rain.
The stuff that amazed me was the amount of people buying food and equipment as if a category five hurricane was on its way to the city. People were buying camping gear, flash lights, non-perishable food, all that jazz. People were actually boarding up their houses! I had family text me asking if I was going to be OK because of what the Weather Channel was saying. I’m not saying people shouldn’t be prepared, but everyone should already have stuff in their homes.
I guess not freaking out about this stuff mainly comes from all the years I spent in boy scouts, ultimately earning the rank of Eagle Scout. I image that makes me a bit more prepared on a regular basis for things than people who haven’t had the kinds of experiences you get in scouting. Having things like flash lights, batteries, candles, matches and food has always seemed like stuff everyone would generally have in their homes…I guess some people don’t keep them.
Getting back to the weather….
Floridians experience this kind of weather every year. Hurricanes and tropical storms don’t cross land every year, but we get heavy rains and speedy winds every year. I’m still surprised every year at this time because I still see people who freak out and buy things that they don’t need. We lost power at my house for only around an hour and a half, not surprising at all. The power came back on and we’re still alive.
Perhaps I should devote this blog to survival topics and help spread information about being prepared. Thank you Boy Scouts of America.