So here in central NC, people are already freaking out about Irma. Harvey set the tone, so I understand people's reactions.
Stock up on the water and gas, stockpile the milke and bread in case the power goes out and everyone gets flooded.
Harvey was a devestating lesson.... as was Matthew.... Sandy... Katrina... Ivan... well gosh, there have been ample lessons to learn over time and I am sure there will be more.
So here is my empathy:
I hope all in harms way stays safe, take no unecessary chances and take cover. Those in FL, and GA looks to get the brunt of this gusty, hot aired wet bitch.
There are many!
People who wish to use this as a moment to politicize this event.
Or the global warming/climate change people, for or against.
The fear mongering that occurs in the press.
The dispicable things that happen during/immediately after, by people who take advantage of the situation and of victims.
The mob mentality
The emotional reactions and actions versus the calm, cool collect mindset of reason.
I am in central NC, miles and miles away from the coast. At one time Irma was forecasted to return to land (after taking a swipe off FL's east side) between the SC and NC border. In a way it reseambles the forecast of hurricane Matthew from last year, which left the southern part of this state in ruins (not that it was all that in the first place mind you).
My moms brother called her this morning, they are about an hour from the coast, and was going toc ome get her (who is in central NC) and get her out of her mobile home, to stay with them in their home... out in the wide open spaces (but they have some trees in the immediate area of their house). What stupid thinking is this to take my mom, my 89 year old, diabetic, half disabled mom to stay in a place CLOSER to where a hurricane was gonna hit?!
Naturally she was shaken and I had to calm her down and invite her to come stay with us if the hurricane hits. Of course this all in mind if the hurricane hits as more than a Cat 1, which now it seems to be downgraded when it makes it to NC. Downgraded to like tropical storm status. We've had stronger summer thunderstorms to hit that were stringer than TS status. And little or no damage resulted. And my mom rode those out that a champ, never flinched.
Here in NC, everyone believes a cat 5 is gonna hit... why would they think that?!? The media helps some with that.... I am certain during any time of national tragedy or catastrophe misinformatin is rampant. Look at what happened in the hours that followed 9/11.
Or even after Katrina.
ok, so I am highly annoyed but am working through it. Just thought to vent a little.