I’m a Long Islander, I’m not always a happy Long Islander but it is my birthplace and I’ve lived here for 39 years now. So I feel I need to step up and defend my fellow Islanders in the eyes of the Prepping/Survival community. This storm was like nothing I’ve seen in all my years of living in the Northeast. It came on so fast and with such ferocity that even as some one who styles himself a Prepared person, I was taken aback at how fast the situation went down the tubes.
How It Began
When I left for work at 6AM we were forecasted to get 6″-12″ ,with the height of the storm in the early evening after the rush hour commute. While I was at work the forecast changed dramatically but the light rain we were getting led no one to believe how crazy things would get. I think what really went wrong was the weather in NYC and the more western suburbs was just not jiving with the weather report. When people got out of work and started home they left into a drizzle that turned nasty as they headed east.
The Storm Rolls In
At 2:40 I was on the South Shore and it wasn’t that bad, but I did notice that it was getting a bit slushy out. I left the garage at 3:15 and started my trek home. My usual 12 mile commute took an hour and a half. I bailed out on the main roads as they were already getting nuts. I ended up on the side roads in a white knuckle 4×4 ride through the neighborhoods of Holbrook, Holtsville, Selden, and Coram. I came over the worst hills on Long Island and I was puckered tight. I went through the snow wall into my neighborhood like a freakin’ Jeep commercial. I was glad to be home.
The cars stuck on County Route 83 were following the plows up the hill until the plows themselves went off the road. The Police were there and told the stuck that they would back them down the hill in an orderly manner when traffic subsided. After 4 hours the cops told people “Good luck, you’re on your own.” Now we find ourselves in a situation where the lighter plow trucks can’t move the snow and the stalled cars are blocking the heavier equipment from getting through.
So for all those out there Monday Morning Quarterbacks out there, this was a freak storm for Eastern Suffolk County. Critique the fact that a lot of suffering and anxiety could have been avoided by having some basic vehicle preps or a Get Home Bag, but don’t be so smug to think it couldn’t happen to you. If you are so in tune with things that you’d never get caught why bother with the Car Kits, EDC, or Get Home Bags? Instead of laughing and pointing, or the name calling why not try to educate someone on why or how to prepare?
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