Well, this reminds me of scenes from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the infamous Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
CNN reports that people have “raided stores for supplies, waited in seemingly endless gas station lines and evacuated their homes as the storm threatens”.
It seems that generators, tarps, gas cans and bottled water are hotly sought after commodities in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.
The deadly Category 4 Hurricane which has sustained winds up to 125 miles (200 km) has devastated Haiti and is rapidly heading towards the East Coast of the United States and is predicted to make landfall in the next day.
Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire state. In doing so, he warned that a direct hit by Matthew could lead to “massive destruction” on a level unseen since Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area in 1992.
It’s good to see some people taking precautions to be prepared for this potentially devastating super cell, however people should have an emergency plan and preparations in place long before hand, not scurrying like mad rabbits to get things together when faced by an impending disaster.
Fortunately hurricanes give plenty of warning before they make landfall, however other disasters and emergencies such as earthquakes and civil unrest do not and thus it is very important, as well as wise, to be well prepared for multiple disaster scenarios before hand.
Get into this mindset of preparedness and make it a habit to keep a minimum of 72 hours of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand as well as other important commodities such as torches, batteries, blankets, candles, matches, lighters, water filters, tarps, fuel, two way radios, generator and a hand-cranked radio. Keep your vehicle’s fuel tank topped up at all times (the half tank mark should be your empty mark) and keep an emergency kit for each member of your family containing some of the essentials I’ve described above as well as clothes, protective equipment, sturdy shoes, valuables and important documents.
Not only do supplies run out pretty quickly when everybody rushes to the stores to get whatever they think the might need, there will be long lines and things can get out of hand quickly sparked by impatience and flared tempers.