You Got to Have a Plan

Is this a miserable piece of cartography, or what?

(I’d point out Bangla-cola, only we’re COVERED in the ‘OVER 30X’s’ BLACK!!) You know where I found it? On the Escambia County (FL) Department of Emergency Preparedness Hurricane Info page. You’ll notice the entire right hand side of the page is devoted to links with everything you’d ever want to know about getting ready and staying safe. The left hand side is how the public officials are going to handle seeing you stay that way. They even note that you might want to print out the salient points as there’s no electricity after a hurricane. Imagine that! At the beginning of every season this is all printed out in booklet form. It’s tucked into the local fishwraps, left for free at newsstands and public places, plus tips, directions and resources on every TV/radio broadcast ~ it’s all over town and county. The best part is that all our public officials, clean up to the JEB, know what’s in the Escambia plan. And they act on it without hesitation.

16 Responses to “You Got to Have a Plan”

  1. Cullen says:

    Is is miserable. Don’t you hate it when people say things like, “Well why don’t they just move?” I had a friend who lives in Missouri ask me, while I was living in Gulfport and we were getting out because of some storm, “Why don’t you guys move further north like up to Kansas or something?”
    My response, “Man. Have you ever been to Kansas?”

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Good thing you moved from a “15 to 30 times” zone to the “Over 30 times” zone, Sis.

  3. Moving on up, that’s me! God bless the Marine Corps.
    Good answer Cullen, and very like my own. Annoying as it is putting those boards up-down, up-down and hoarding cans of Miller Lite and Vienna Snausages, I vastly prefer a hurricane to any other natural disaster. Why? Because I KNOW it’s coming. For days. Poor folks in Kansas ~ an F-4 plops on your gourd out of nowhere. Mr. Summers in California? 7.9 earthquake can hit while he’s in the john. Oh hell yes, hurricanes are better. You can leave if you want to. Or, if you’re like us and can’t leave (God bless the Marine Corps!), you can stack up the goodies and throw up the boards.

  4. Crusader says:

    Mr. Summers in California? 7.9 earthquake can hit while he’s in the john.

    I’ve told him to lay off the beans.

  5. Nightfly says:

    Seriously, this doesn’t take a lot of foresight, does it? Where are the big hurricane threats? All the parts that stick way out into the water – the Florida penninsula, the Mississippi Delta, the Outer Banks. Only the poor panhandle folk are the exception.

  6. Ken Summers says:

    Shoulda listened to Crusader…

  7. (That’s more than any of us want or need to know…)

  8. John says:

    That map’s not totally accurate. They gray does not go in far enough. When I was a kid, Bob ripped the roof off of a bowling alley in Brunswick, Maryland, about 60 miles West of DC. Our house was a bit Southeast of that, and we suffered not much but a power outage and a few trees damaged. 60 or 70 mph winds are still a force to recon with miles inland.

  9. Nightfly says:

    John, you’ll also have noticed that Long Island was omitted. But heck, we’re used to that sort of thing…

  10. Diptera, I don’t think so. Every island in the U.S. is missing and the gray band certainly covers where it would be. And John, picky, picky, that was once when you were a kid. How many times before or since? (Since you were a kid ~ the past 20 years, I mean {8^P) The gray is for incidents of five to fifteen times, not once in a blue moon. Even Charlotte’s not in the gray and they got WHOMPED by Hugo. Poor Crusader still hasn’t recovered.

  11. Nightfly says:

    How many other islands are there, Sis? The Keys? You could mistake them for flecks on the monitor at that scale. Long Island is over 110 miles long – I woulda settled for a crude parallelogram.
    No, I’m not bitter…

  12. Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks spring to mind.

  13. When you guys said you wanted to go your own way, and things turned nasty after Boston; we told you that the weather turned rough, and you’d all regret not staying with England, but no.o.o.o.o.o.o, you just wouldn’t listen to King George!

  14. We’re contrary that way, Mike and I don’t know why. Must be the water.

  15. Mr. Bingley says:

    that Long Island was omitted
    Everything is going exactly as I have planned.

  16. (Conversation overheard at BingleyBurton World headquarters…)

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