LITTLE MEN, HURRICANE IRENE AND MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKS
August 29, 2011
I HATE MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKS.
They really annoy me. They always know exactly what’s going to happen – after it happens. Hello, that’s when the rest of us know it too. The big difference is the we’re not sitting around saying, “I knew it all along…”
There are people out there that are saying the precautions for Hurricane Irene were calls to action by “little men.” I think we should be fair and give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, lately natural disasters have been swift and severe. If we don’t prepare we’re surely at fault.
THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS – PUT TO BED
Shutting down NYC and evacuating the coastal areas might seem extreme but really it isn’t. Having spent most of my life in that part of the world, Manhattan doesn’t handle disasters well. The people are great. Resilient as can be but the infrastructure doesn’t support immediate changes easily. High winds hitting tall structures and might be a problem as well. Add water, lots of water, and it could be another issue because it’s low land and surrounded by water. Most people don’t realize is that Manhattan is filled with underground streams and canals, further complicating the problem.
Where I grew up it was one inch above sea level and the town next to us was two inches below. Even on a sunny day they were flooded.
CONSIDER IT A DRY RUN, DRESS REHEARSAL OR A FIRE DRILL
In reality, I think we need to think of these preparations as a fire drill. Everyone gets ready, prepares for the worst and then it blows over and they’ve had practice. Now, I know this is a mighty expensive dry run but the way things are going on this planet, it could have gone either way.
HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PREPARE FOR THE WORST.
The “little men” took big actions and I’m happy they did.
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