You people email me from time to time, which is great, because it reminds me I am not the only brother out there collecting rainwater and canned goods in preparation for some sort of disruption to society.
Both emails today basically said the same thing. I'm going to amalgamate them into one email below (I'm not referring to either of the senders by name, but they know who they are):
The heartbreaking headlines are not without precedent. We see this regularly when a major storm or disaster hits a large urban area. This story repeats itself. People fail to prepare. And they wonder why they are eating food out of a dumpster and why the government isn't waving a magic wand to make everything better again.
Because the government can't. That's not a knock on the government. It's just a fact. Neither the government nor the private sector can feed, clothe, and house everyone affected in just a few hours. It's impossible. And yet to hear some of the stories, many storm victims remain incredulous that the Red Cross or Obama or Oprah doesn't drop manna from helicopters.
This storm and its effects are a great case study in what will happen the next time we have a regional emergency. Please don't be one of those people.
This weekend, I will be replacing batteries in smoke detectors and weather radios. We'll also be moving our clocks back one hour on Saturday night.