Super Storm Sandy has once again revealed two of the most destructive beliefs that a human being can have. Number one, "It won't happen to me"; and number two, "If something bad happens someone will take care of me."
Let me start off by saying that my heart goes out to those who had to evacuate and returned to find their homes damaged or destroyed. I also have some sympathy for everyone who has to deal with the hardships of being without power, food, and water. I say "some" sympathy because I stress the fact that it should only be a hardship, not a life threatening situation.
For those who chose not to evacuate and then called on first responders to come and rescue them; they should be ashamed, and they should have to pay for the cost of the rescue. If a responder was injured or killed in the attempt to rescue one of these people then that individual should be charged with reckless endangerment and prosecuted. If you don't have the guts to follow through, then don't ignore the warning to leave.
For those who are without food, water, light, or heat, please heed these words of advice, IN AN EMERGENCY, YOU CAN'T DEPEND ON ANYONE BUT YOURSELF.
You have to be prepared for an emergency, and guess what, sometimes you don't have four days warning before the emergency happens, so be prepared ALL the time. You don't have to build a bunker and buy an arsenal of weapons. Just do some simple things like store some food and water under your bed; buy a propane or kerosene heater and some fuel for it. Buy a propane cook stove. Buy a kerosene or propane lantern and a couple of hand cranked flashlights. Keep some batteries in the refrigerator and buy a battery powered or hand crank radio. You can get all of this stuff for less than the price of a Louis Viton bag and a pair of Prada sunglasses.