By now most people have heard and read about the snow storm here in the Birmingham and Atlanta.Thousands were left stranded and away from home for one to two days in the low teens.This week Mother nature decided to sweep in and dump a couple inches of snow that was as fine as corn starch and packed into a sheet of ice in 30 minutes.A lot of people that had never given a thought to being stranded were miles from home having to relied on the kindness of strangers for food and shelter.My stepson was stranded with his boss and co worker in a truck on hwy 280
The one thing tha struck me was no one seemed to have even the barest of a car survival kit. People made there way to home depots Hotel lobbies fast food restaurants anyplace that would welcome them in for the day and nite.Now this event was only going to last 36 to 48 hours but people didn't have a clue on what to do to make it for this short of time or have anything with them to help.
The head of the Alabama EMA gave an interview and told the public every one needed to have a car and home emergency kit.He told everyone to go to their website or FEMA to make a kit.I have to say our head of the EMA was honest he stated 72 hours was the best a person could expect to aid arrive in an emergency.
Now i wrote this as a draft right after the snow 2 weeks ago i never posted it.I am glad i didn't post it because in the 2 weeks since i have come to the conclusion people are scared to have to provide for themselves.All we have heard is how we pulled together moved closer as a county,We take care of each other.Now I have to admit we did OK but it was just a 2 day event no one was short of food water,gas,power.I would wager out of the whole county not a hundred people made a car survival kit or did anything.
Last nite we got a little ice and it looks like we will have snow move in Wednesday afternoon.The news is showing stores out of milk and bread.I have been to the EMA and FEMA web sites they have standard lists for emergency kits.I have read many list and i can tell you i have never seen Milk or Bread on any of them.
MAKE YOUR KITS one day it won't be a rainbow and unicorn event!