By The Greenwood Commonwealth:
The Picayune Item
By The Greenwood Commonwealth: It’s a shame to say it, but too many people who lived near the shoreline in New York, New Jersey and probably some other states failed to learn the lessons that Hurricane Katrina and several prior storms taught the people of the Gulf Coast so well.
That lesson, of course, is that when extremely bad weather such as a hurricane heads your way, it’s time to get your family to safety.
The East Coast people showed the same bravado in the face of Superstorm Sandy as Gulf Coast people do when a major storm is coming. They said they could handle it, that Hurricane Irene last year wasn’t so bad and Sandy would be tolerable, too.
Now they know, as people along the gulf do, that there are risks in staying put when danger approaches.
Before the storm came ashore, an ABC “Nightline” reporter interviewed a young Manhattan couple who had decided to stay with their young child in their 15th-floor apartment, even though they knew they would lose electricity.
“Nightline” went back to see the family the next day. By then, sanity had intervened. The couple changed their mind and left.