Friday, September 12, 2008

News: Scare Tactics

It's probably because I've spent my whole life in Florida, but the rather dire warnings officials have promulgated in Texas and Louisiana always seem to ring a bit hollow. You see, in Florida, we expect to get hit by multiple hurricanes every single year. All the building codes take this into account, especially after the property damage caused by Hurricane Andrew.

That doesn't mean people down in south Florida aren't well-prepared with canned food, bottled water, and other supplies, but it does mean a lot of people will bunker down in the face of a mere Category 1 or 2 storm rather than evacuate, especially if they don't live in a mobile home or the like. For storm neophytes, here's a little segment from CBS going over the basics:

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