I continue to be dumbfounded by the almost unbelievable lack of common sense being displayed by so many as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Florida. There are endless complaints about stores running out of essential supplies, fistfights over sheets of plywood to board up homes, and long lines of cars as drivers try to fill their fuel tanks before evacuating the area. Here's just one report, to illustrate the scale of the latter problem.
Year in, year out, we read warnings from FEMA and other authorities that we should have at least a minimal supply of emergency foods in our homes. Year in, year out, we see others going through all these problems as they're threatened by storms or other natural disasters. Year in, year out, we hear experts advise us on what to do to prepare for emergencies . . . yet none of it seems to sink into the heads of so many people. The panic buying and lack of preparedness never improves.
I'm at a loss to explain it. If anyone can, I'd love for you to tell us in a comment to this post! There's no rhyme or reason or rationality to it. The gasoline shortage, in particular, boggles my mind. If you know you may have to evacuate, particularly when a mandatory evacuation order is issued, why not keep a tankful or two of gas in reserve, in safe storage at or near your home? It's the most logical precaution in the world, particularly when you know from past experience that gasoline shortages always occur when an emergency like this arises . . . but none of the drivers shown in that video clip above appears to have thought about that. Why not? Don't ask me!