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Jan 29

This will be the shortest post on my blog

Situation: Winter storm slams south

Fallout:  People who aren’t ready spend up to 18 hours in their car(s)

Lesson:  Have food, water, spare clothes, other misc supplies in your car at all times

Tragedy:  Most people still won’t learn their lesson

Bottom Line:  We crazy preppers told you so.

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  1. The Maj

    Definitely been a circus in the south. Common sense goes a long way, unfortunately it seems it is anything but common throughout the general population. Seeing some of the videos of women walking in high heels and men in dress shoes when they were forced to abandon their cars had me shaking my head. I imagine the one’s that had to spend the night in their cars learned the value of a cheap blanket and emergency candle. Probably plenty of lessons learned but I bet most will forget the ordeal pretty quick.

    1. PJ

      I saw video of people blaming the government, even after the mess occurred and thousands of cars were stranded. What did they expect? At that point there is absolutely nothing any govt agency can do to immediately “fix” the problem. Sometimes you just have to endure “the suck” alone. I wonder how many people were calling 911 in their car waiting for someone to do something.

      One final thought: on the news this morning the blame game is being played, especially surrounding when people (govt, school, other employees) were “RELEASED” to go home. This is mind boggling that it is so accepted that citizens (read: adults, free people) should need to be RELEASED from some entity to go home when a major storm is on the horizon. So I need permission from someone to leave, and then wait on someone else to save me when I’m stuck, and then blame someone when I can’t get home. Unbelievable. I can hear the bleating from here.

      1. The Maj

        All good and valid points PJ. The forecast was for a “dusting” of snow in north AL and by the time the NWS updated the forecast, school was in and most people have gone to work. Birmingham, AL is a place that has a traffic problem on a clear day, so I would expect a “dusting” of snow to do what it did or at least, I would have had what I needed in my vehicle to “get by” in case something bad or unexpected happened. People always want to blame the government (I am not defending the government in that part of the State because they are pathetic) and take no responsibility for THEIR INDIVIDUAL plight – of course, when people have been bred to be dependent on the government telling then when and where to relieve themselves it is to be expected.

        However, as an individual, I do not know of a single person in AL or GA that does not have free access to weather forecasts on the TV and most have some type of weather app on their smart phone. Those same individuals were probably too busy updating their Facebook status or watching Netflix to pay attention to a weather forecast or the news. Strike one in my book. After that, I am betting that very few in the group that were stranded had a full tank of gas (just in case the power went out and they couldn’t get any) when they left for work that morning. Strike two in my book. Then, you know even fewer had a kit for the eventuality of something bad happening – nothing extravagant but maybe some warm clothes, a blanket, better shoes, a bottle of water, some crackers, etc in their vehicle. Strike three in my book. Even though, the individual is technically “out” it just simply has to be someone else’s fault that they were totally unprepared for the eventuality that happened.

        The same thing happened during Katrina and Sandy and countless other “weather related” disasters. Look at how many sat still and waited for the government to swoop in to “rescue” them. The lack of personal responsibility to take care of yourself / family FIRST in disaster situations is the biggest problem in any disaster.

        All those people complaining better count their lucky stars that things were not worse. If the power had gone out the issues would have multiplied exponentially. Luckily, in this case they didn’t.

  2. Brandon

    Most people haven’t experienced anything like this, so don’t think they need supplies in their vehicle. And most people will just think this was a one time thing, and still not put any supplies in their vehicle. Pain helps people learn, but sometimes it takes repeated applications.

  3. Muleskinner

    We the unprepared have equipped ourselves with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to suffer with nothing!

  4. Yum Yucky

    That Atlanta thing was a fiasco. We have food & medical preps in our car. Also a blanket (and it’s measly), but no emergency clothes. Time to re-evaluated what’s in our bag. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. PJ

      Glad you at least have some items in your car. A change of emergency clothes is a quick fix, toss them along with some shoes in the trunk and forget they are there. If the time ever comes when you do need to walk home you’ll be super glad you did!

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