As I write the The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Warning for the New York City area. Weather Underground advises:
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions… making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel… have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded… stay with your vehicle.
But in looking through the various web-sites on disaster preparedness, there is an almost hilarious amount of wise-acreing. There are some good sites with honest people recommending good choices, but for the most part it is a burgoo of foolishness and hence you get my lengthy and somewhat indignant commentary on just how imbecilic and unconscionable this entire “Mad Max” industry is.
First of all, there is a bewildering array of options that virtually every site offers—who can sort through this nonsense? Kit after kit, with option after option.… Read the rest