As a 5-year veteran of Atlantic hurricane watching, I believe the message in this video is vital for EVERY American.

For both natural & human-made reasons, the 2022 season will be worse than normal.



The disaster readiness messages in the above video are pertinent to people anywhere in the world, too.

There are always people who don't prepare well enough, often because they don't realize how severely a natural disaster can affect them. They rely on others to save them.
This is not a good idea anytime, but especially in the US right now.

We do have a responsibility to think of and offer help to our neighbors as best we can.

"You are your own first responder."
This is also not a place or time where partisan politics should come into it. There must be #NoPoliticsOnTheBoat, so to speak.

Full disclosure: I used to support the Republican Party. I now support the Democratic party. In an emergency, I would offer help to anyone, regardless.
The predicted delays in hurricane outcome response times this season are not due directly to any one factor.

There are a multitude of reasons and there won't be time to think about them, if we want to save lives and reduce harm.
I like the old saying "either lead, follow, or get out of the way."

We live in society, not individually. Individual rights and choices are important. During a public health and safety emergency like a pandemic or the aftermath of a hurricane, careful decisions can save lives.
As long as the US is a democratic federal republic, governments have a right and responsibility to make and enforce certain kinds of decisions for as long as the public health and safety need exists. Local, state, and federal governments have been doing this for centuries.
I will write about partisan issues in a separate thread. For now I just want to draw your attention to the data predicting larger and more frequent Atlantic hurricanes in 2022, and the practical issues that exist everywhere due to the pandemic and supply chains.

Be safe, y'all.

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