Wow! That was fast! We’re hearing today out of the blue or grayish black sky in this case that a hurricane is coming and is about to slam into Mexico. It’s named Patricia and is projected to be the mother of all hurricanes. A Category 5 storm, meteorologists predict it will be the strongest storm to hit in recorded history.
Across the globe, there are storms all the time. With that, there is a huge fascination with the weather. In the United States, there is an entire cable channel devoted to it and people are always on the lookout for the latest cool app that will give them the forecast at a moment’s notice.
In Patricia’s case, we’re hearing that this isn’t just any hurricane. It’s apocalyptic—the worst ever. Whenever you hear anyone say (particularly the weather man) that something is the worst ever, naturally you assume it’s just an exaggeration. This time, however, it looks like we really are going to witness history happen.
Areas in Mexico just north of Puerto Vallarta may never see anything again if they don’t get out fast. I’ve read that Americans in hotels are being advised to go to shelters, and when they do they’re refugees. That’s certainly a quick and frightening message to get while vacationing (or honeymooning—that truly would be the worst).
Whenever these sort of disasters hit, it makes you immediately wonder what you would do if you had a brush with one of these weather situations.
I was in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. It was frightening, and the New York City area is still dealing with the ramifications of that storm which was a Category One. This storm is a Category 5! Truly unimaginable. Hopefully, it will weaken somehow, but the weather experts seem completely certain that this will be the mother of all Mother Nature’s bad moods.
We all think about survival tactics when something like this happens, and then we go back to our normal routines. Perhaps this time we should really come up with a Plan A, B, C, and D for disaster.
I think about this subject a lot more now that we spend part of our time in Los Angeles which is always primed for a disaster. Of all the possible catastrophes we face in California, to me an earthquake is the most terrifying. At least with a tornado or hurricane, you get some notice and can take shelter. With an earthquake, there is nowhere to go. Thanks toThe Rock and movies like San Andreas this scenario seems to be right around the corner.
For those poor souls staring down Patricia, the choices for escape are limited. Clearly, if you can get out you should. Whether it’s by car, train, or in this case burro, you need to leave if you can. Failing that, you’ll have to deal with the storm and then the aftermath which can sometimes be equally bad.
The smart play is if you’re ever in a spot facing this sort of disaster you need an escape plan. I especially tend to think this way after being involved with the attacks of September 11th where I was in a building (the White House) targeted by an airplane controlled by terrorists. That wasn’t a natural disaster, but it was a disaster nonetheless and it called for a smart exit plan. I employ this strategy whenever we’re living in New York City. I feel more comfortable living close to the tunnel or bridge because it affords me the opportunity to get off the island in short order if I need to.
I guess the cheery message of the day is be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
Let’s hope for the best for the folks south of the border and for our fellow Americans who clearly picked the wrong time to vacation there!