Here in the Carolinas we are prepping for Hurricane Florence, just recently upgraded to a Category 4 storm. I remember when Hurricane Fran hit in 1996. No one had any idea a hurricane could come that far inland and do that much damage. Our home at the time lost 12 large trees, we had no power for 10 days and we lost the contents of a large freezer. The National Guard took over the local high school and that is where we went to shower. No electricity means no well water for a lot of people.
During Fran, tornadoes were spun off and one twisted the tops off of all the tall pines in my neighbor’s back yard, the tornado then jumped the road and took out the trees in our back yard and then jumped again to a street behind us and took out those trees. Roads were blocked for days due to downed power lines and trees lying in the road.
Some of neighbors in the subdivision got their power before us and I gave them two large frozen turkeys from the freezer before they defrosted. Cul-de-sacs became areas of neighbor potlucks with people combining food from freezers and using grills to cook. Neighbors helped each other with chainsawing and burning of debris….
Hurricane Fran was a Category 3 storm, Florence is the largest hurricane to ever hit the Carolina coast north of Charleston. So, everyone is prepping for disaster. The Husband traipsed off to find gas and propane, I filled the vehicle gas tanks and grocery shopped. Stocking water in every conceivable container we have. I’m glad I had hurricane straps attached to the barn roof so we’ll see how that holds up. The grocery store was busy but the atmosphere was one of kindness and civility. Men asking if I needed help reaching top shelf items, pleasant chatter with people in line.
Impending disaster does not have to devolve into chaos, selfishness and rudeness. Be kind to retail employees as they stock shelves as fast as they can or who are unable to make bread and bottled water appear when none exists. It’s a great time to reach out to neighbors BEFORE it gets bad and plan to share resources.