Our View: Sandy shows need for preparation

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 09:51 AM

Amid the rain, wind, ice and snow, there is one positive that came away from the superstorm known as Sandy.

It showed just how prepared we all are in the event that another major storm does impact Rutherford County and North Carolina.

While Sandy showed some effect on the area — despite the regular calls for snow that were supposed to hit the area — people, hopefully, were able to assess what they would and would not do in the event of a storm seriously impacting the area.

While snow hit the Appalachians from North Carolina to West Virginia and while rain and wind hit the northeast from New Jersey to Massachusetts, we can all be thankful that our community in Rutherford County was left relatively unscathed.

The storm prompted North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue to issue a disaster declaration, not because a disaster was imminent but, because the declaration opened up the potential for help to arrive — in many different forms — had the storm had a significant impact.

Some may question just why Rutherford County was left in the declaration, but those kinds of things are more preparatory rather than reactionary.

Now, despite the fact that Rutherford County was not seriously impacted with a Nor'Easter storm, there were areas of western North Carolina that were, and continued to be so into Tuesday night.

Had a declaration not been issued, the time and availability to get help to those residents of our state that need it would be severely hampered.

More importantly, we can now take a step back and evaluate our own actions over the course of this week.

• Were we adequately prepared in the event we get a significant weather event?

• Do we have an appropriate supply of food and water if we can't get to the store because of weather?

• Are our pets provided resources to survive if winter weather does impact the area?

• Do we have heat for our homes in the event that power does go out?

There are these questions and many more that we have to sit back and ask ourselves.

If the answer is 'no' to any of those questions, now is the time to take corrective action to make sure that we are all prepared.

This is also an excellent opportunity to check on our neighbors, older residents and our neighborhood to make sure that we are all prepared for a weather event.

It is good community service, small-town friendly and, above all, the right thing to do.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Publisher Jake Volcsko and Editor Matthew Clark