Friday, September 15, 2017

Hurricane Harvey & Irma lessons learned.

I've tried to think thru all the lessons learned after Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.

They won't work.

The problem is that the lessons learned would apply to govt and their reaction to the crisis.  I've shouted about the Marine Corps response.  I've cringed at the way NorthCom's Commander responded to this crisis.  "T" and "JD Strike" both commented on what happens at the local level as far as law enforcement is concerned (both Texas and Georgia seem to be wired assistance is real!) and we remarked on how large bases with thousands of troops weren't activated to deal with the disaster.

So what's left to talk about?

The responsibility of the individual to take care of not only himself but his family.  If you're able to aid neighbors and strangers that's good too, but it all begins at home.

So where does that leave you?

With doing the basics. Physically train yourself so that moving from point a to b is not a herculean effort.  Decide for yourself the danger the storm imposes. Especially if you live on the coast and a storm is in the vicinity then you should assess when its time to leave.  Don't wait for an evacuation order from some politician.

Keep your vehicle fueled and in good shape mechanically (don't be like all the idiots I see that spend 4 hours washing and waxing and won't spend a few minutes changing their oil).  Save money for that rainy day out of nowhere.  Be prepared to defend yourself against goblins that will roam the countryside even if you stay home.  Develop a system where you can grab not only essentials for a 3 day or longer stay away from home but also plan on being able to grab what is important with the thought that you might not come back to a home in "decent shape".

In essence the lesson learned is to be able to think, act, protect yourself and move without waiting for instructions from others.  A self important politician isn't "out for your best interests".  In the end it is as it always has been.  It's up to you to protect yourself and your family.

NOTE:  I know what some of you are gonna say.  Hey Sol, you're gonna give us that long ass song and dance and then tell us that the lesson learned is what we already know?  Fuck you dude!  Trust me.  I get it.  But the failure I see is in the system and that's just built into the gears.  You can't change a system when that same system is patting itself on the back for a job well done. 

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