Post # 1
I’m in Louisiana and absolutely everyone is freaking out. I went to Walmart last night to buy stuff for dinner and literally the entire bread aisle was gone. People were fighting over water.
And I’m just sitting here like “whatever.” I guess my mentality is that I’ve been through some pretty bad storms, the last of which was Hurricane Rita where I had no water and electricity for 2 weeks and yeah, it sucks, and it’s hot, and water is important but we can’t stop the hurricane and we’ll survive, and maybe I think that way because I’m lucky enough to have avoided truly damamging hurricanes like Katrina. I believe in stocking up and being prepared but I’m not going to go out and literally fist fight people over bottled water (I’d rather just get fill containers with filtered tap water) or buy the entire grocery stores out and build an ark to put it all in.
I’m wondering if I’m going to eat my words later, but I’m just tired of the chaos.
Post # 3
@harleyq: I live on the coast of North Carolina and everyone here is the same way when a storm may possibly be heading in our direction. People go absolutely crazy, and 9 times out of 10 we either don’t even get the hurricane, or just get a small amount of rain and wind.
Now, having lived here my whole life I have experienced several very bad hurricanes so I am always prepared and cautious, but I’m not going to fight anyone over bread, water, and batteries either lol.
Post # 4
@Miss Sorbet: I live close to Raleigh and everyone here freaks out the same way, lol.
@harleyq: The most important thing is to stay safe!!
Post # 5
@harleyq: I think we’ll be fine. I was freaking out when they were talking about it being a three, but now it might not even be a hurricane. So we’ll get some bad weather, but we’ll be ok!
Post # 6
It is because of Katrina and now everyone freaks out. I live in Atlanta and we had an unexpected blizzard hit in 1993 and now anytime there is a hint of snow the bread, milk, and batteries are GONE. I mean it’s like people only plan on eating milk and bread using the light of their flashlights during a snow storm.
Post # 7
What I don’t understand is the people who load up on perishable items like milk and whatnot to prepare for a storm that may knock out your power. I mean, how do you expect it to stay good for more than a day if you have no electricity? I’m not in a hurricane zone but our snow storms bring out the same behavior and it’s aboslutely idiotic. I once saw a lady run through the grocery store with a cart full of $hit that needed to be kept in a refrigerator because she was “preparing” for some “crazy storm” that was “out to get us.” Um…hello? You do know that a refrigerator requires electricity right? Silly people.
Post # 8
@claireos: This is my thinking as well. I come from a military family so I learned that if anything, you stock up on stuff that you know will keep. Vaccuum sealed, dried, and/or canned is the way to go because if you’re so unsure about how long you’ll be “trapped”, it makes no sense to store food that will go bad and make you sick. I think people get hung up on bread and milk because they’re considered staple foods – whenever you see movies with starving or poor people, they always want/need soft fluffy bread and fresh milk.
Not saying it isn’t important, but it’s not something you need buy in bulk when preparing for power and water outages.
Post # 9
@OtterHalf: I mean it’s like people only plan on eating milk and bread using the light of their flashlights during a snow storm.
Post # 10
@claireos: THIS IS WHAT I DO NOT GET!!!
I am from New Hampshire. Seacoast NH. Whenever there was the threat of a large storm, people would immediately go to the grocery store (where I worked in high school)…and buy milk. Gallons and gallons of milk. It made no sense to me…though at least you can put milk outside to keep it cold. But, like…how much milk can you possibly drink in the two or three days you MIGHT be snowed in if the weather was REALLY REALLY bad?
Post # 11
@claireos: Yeah, but if it’s snowing, you can just put your goods outside and they will keep cold. 🙂 Or borrow some snow from outside and stick it in a cooler.
Post # 12
People here get like that over big snow storms 😉 Seriously though, I was in NC last year for Irene, and even in-land people were freaking out badly. Hopefully it passes without any trouble and y’all just get some rain.
Post # 13
I’m from Joplin, MO — people here react the same way now when even the slightest storm comes through. Before the 2011 tornado, we didn’t think anything of it. We were used to storms, tornado warnings and the sirens going off.
Post # 14
I don’t understand the concept of buying milk either. Canned goods..cereal…twinkies?…yes. Milk? No. haha
Post # 15
And when I say they react the same way, I just mean everyone freaks out and gets incredibly nervous.
Obviously with tornados, you can’t track and wait for them like hurricanes. And there’s no need to stock up on anything. But ..you guys get what I mean.
Post # 16
I’ve lived in both, I grew up on the East Coast of Florida and went through tons of TS. I was younger, but I don’t remember the freaking out and loading up on milk…it was mostly boarding windows up and tying everything down…in KY if snow is mentioned everyone runs to grab bread and milk..here in Mississippi, we are expecting some rain from the TS, and my family is already calling me to ensure I have flashlights and water. Uh, yeah, I keep flashlights and water ANYWAY…and my gas tank is always full. I’m just worried about my basement flooding. Dammit, basement.
But yeah, that waiting in line for water stuff sucks, my sister still lives in FL and she said it was rough for a few weeks. At least her house is still standing and they weren’t evacuated.