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Atlanta Snowpocalypse - Photo Posted On Twitter by Ryan DuckworthThis week, three inches of snow “paralyzed” the ninth-largest city in the United States, and the highways of Atlanta “resembled a scene in a post-apocalyptic world” according to national news reports.  Hundreds of cars were abandoned on the side of the road, people were spending the night in churches and grocery stores, and many walked for hours in a desperate attempt to get home or find needed provisions.  So if three inches of snow can cause this much chaos in one of our major cities, what will a full-blown economic collapse look like?  Most Americans have no idea how fragile our way of life is.  In the event of a major natural disaster, a massive EMP blast or a complete economic meltdown, our lives would change very rapidly, and most people are totally unprepared for that.

In Atlanta, a relatively minor snowfall has resulted in the deaths of 5 people, more than 100 injuries, and some commuters reported being stuck in traffic for up to 18 hours.  According to USA Today, highways around Atlanta resembled “a post-apocalyptic world” at the height of the storm…

The usually bustling roadways in the Atlanta metropolitan area resembled a scene in a post-apocalyptic world during and after Tuesday’s snow and ice storm.

Cars abandoned at odd angles on side streets, thoroughfares and major interstates. People in this car-dependent city walked for miles, hunched over and huddled from the cold. Many had no coats, hats or gloves.

“It was a like a scene from The Walking Dead,” said Maura Neill, 38, referring to the television series about a post-apocalyptic world overtaken by zombies.

Once our normal routines are disrupted, it is amazing how rapidly people start thinking about supplies of food and water.  Just check out this report from CNN

“I’m eight months’ pregnant and have my 3-year-old with me,” Atlanta-area resident Katie Norman Horne said on SnowedOutAtlanta, a Facebook page set up to help stranded motorists.

“We’ve been in the car for over 12 hours. We are fine on gas but is anyone near on the road and might happen to have any food or some water?”

In Atlanta, 940 accidents were confirmed, with more than 100 of them involving injuries, the Georgia public safety commissioner said.

In Alabama, at least five people died Tuesday in weather-related traffic accidents. The governor deployed 350 National Guard troops to help motorists.

And because thousands upon thousands of commuters simply could not get home, many of them started seeking shelter wherever they could find it

Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations — even grocery stores — after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks.

You can see some incredible pictures from the “snowpocalypse” in Atlanta right here.

Remember, this was just a temporary “emergency” caused by just three inches of snow that everyone knew would soon pass.

So how will people respond when a real crisis strikes that is not temporary?

We live at a time when we tend to think that we are invulnerable because of our technology.

But that simply is not true.

For example, just because this winter was a bit colder than expected, it has created a shortage of propane heating fuel in more than 30 states

The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, has called on President Barack Obama to act as bitter winter weather caused a shortage of propane heating fuel and a massive spike in prices in some of the coldest regions of the US.

Propane is used by more than 12m households across the country, according industry statistics, and its shortage has led to a state of emergency being declared in more than 30 states. Prices are up more than 17% from a year ago, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Ahead of the president’s State of the Union speech, Branstad has written to Obama expressing his concern about a crisis now sweeping the midwest: “Prices in some midwest locations have now exceeded $5 per gallon. Such prices are unsustainable for families, farmers and businesses,” he wrote.

So what would happen if a real crisis happened?

For instance, what would happen if something caused the trucks in America to stop running?

What would life look like?

Well, according to a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled “When Trucks Stop, America Stops“, life would get “apocalyptic” quite rapidly…

A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours

• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable.
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within one day

• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.

Within two to three days

• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
transactions.
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.

Within a week

• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks

• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks

• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest.

Sadly, most Americans have made absolutely no preparations for a major crisis of that magnitude.

They just have complete and total faith that the system will always be able to take care of them.

Someday when we do experience a great national crisis, those people will be totally blindsided by it.

Atlanta Snowpocalypse - Photo Posted On Twitter by Ryan Duckworth

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  • DJohn1

    Part of the problem is not knowing how to drive on ice and snow. They do not get snow very often.
    Meanwhile back at the ranch in Ohio we get any where from 3-24 inches of snow over a week or two’s time.
    We also have accidents. Like 10 car pileups on the interstates. And people that do not belong on the road do end up killing people that know what they are doing so it is sometimes plain luck whether you live or die on the roads. Smart people stay off the roads when it is dangerous.
    The rules are pretty simple. Don’t tailgate the person in front of you. Act like the car is a boat and you will not be able to stop or start quickly on the road. Driving a car or truck on those roads is always dangerous. So if you don’t have to drive stay at where ever you are at until conditions get better.
    You are right about people not knowing how fragile our supply lines are in a crisis. Before any big storm in this area the people stock up and clean out the stores of a lot of products. But our stores are used to it. Most plan ahead and have a little bit extra inventory to cover people stocking up. But even so we still get shortages.
    We have three levels of danger on the roads. Level One is if you don’t have to be out there don’t. Level Two only go out if you are critically needed like in a hospital or emergency crews. Level Three. Stay off the roads, they will get you killed and are dangerous no matter who you are or where you think you have to go. Think twice about it and don’t go if you can help it.
    Darwin Awards are waiting for those that do not listen.
    Your other point is well taken. FEMA is supposed to be there for that purpose. But if past performance is any indication they are useless in a real emergency situation.
    I have seen plenty of emergency situations here in Ohio. We ended up a few years back with a lot of snow all at once. The managers where I worked sent four wheel drive vehicles out to get a minimal crew to get the paper out and running even if they couldn’t deliver them much.
    A word of caution: Your front wheel drive car will break a transmission if you try to rock it back and forth when stuck in snow. I lost a transmission back then because they didn’t build the transmission to take pressure. And that was a 95 Toyota Camry four door with an automatic transmission on it. I later learned the main part holding it together was about the diameter of my thumb. It broke.
    My rear-wheel drive truck had no such problem. Most of the cars on the road with a front-wheel drive transmission suffer from badly designed parts.
    I suggest that we will all be under military law if what you suggest is going to happen happens.

  • Scott S

    I live along a major thoroughfare in Atlanta and it was bumper to bumper until midnight last night. The snow moved in quickly and covered roads within minutes. However, that being said, it was forecasted and apparently many failed to take note. It was literally everyone in the city hitting the roads at the same time!

  • MIchael in Chicago

    Why did they not stay home once the warning was issued?

  • K

    As I stated elsewhere. What is amazing is this utter chaos, with 3 days warning it was coming. Imagine if there was no warning. This shows more than anything else, even when warned, the grand majority of people are incapable of reacting. This is why time and time again I have said, get out of the cities if you can.

    • jaxon64

      K, you make an excellent point about people being for-warned but not getting “for-armed” (fore?).
      I often remind those who are quick to forget all of the details of another event.
      Often you will hear people still bash Bush ( and I’m no fan by a long shot) about Hurricane Katrina and tie him almost symbiotically to all of those stuck in the Superdome in squalor and filth….but as Paul Harvey used to say, “and now for the rest of the story”…
      You see, Hurricane Katrina came from a long way away and was forecasted for trouble weeks in advance—Katrina first struck South Florida and did amazing damage to the southern Fla counties ( and some Gulf Coast areas- but without storm surge).
      As Katrina was clipping South Florida and heading for the gulf, forecasters warned the residents from the panhandle to New Orleans of the danger that was coming. Katrina actually SPUN IN THE GULF GATHERING POWER for a few extra days–almost as if giving anyone with any sense or respect for the awesome power of nature a chance to flee.
      Tens and tens of thousands of p-eople ignored the orders/warnings to evacuate and Katrina bore down on the delta area–a city BELOW SEA LEVEL! and only protected by 100 year old levies which were in disrepair and outdated..
      Well you know the rest—the fools reaped the full brunt of their stubborness and ignorance ( and then blamed BUSH-God of the Storms- for orchestrating their dire circumstances they were left in..)….And now you know, the rest of the story……..

      • Ten Beers

        HAHA! Paul Harvey! I stopped reading at that!

  • Kim

    We are a nation of clueless, dependent, irresponsible MORONS.

    • K

      Kim you seem to be a very fair person, so let me fix that. 80% of this nation is clueless, dependent, irresponsible, MORONS.

      • Kim

        You’re too kind, sweetie. :-p

      • nekksys

        And we, the intelligent 20%, are getting tired of thinking for the remainder.

        • Dorner

          And of that “intelligent 20%”, 80% of them are useless morons.

    • Imaplaneiac

      Kim, at LEAST 47% of th sheeple are!

    • Bert Gummer

      Sorry state of affairs, but you’re correct. Most people can’t even fry water let alone deal with a bit of snow. Then, (typical of the last several generations of Lemmings) blame others for not wiping their behinds for them!

    • sarah

      Let’s not stay that way. If an emergency lasting more than a few days were to happen due to weather, truck strikes, economy collapse, or other disaster, food and supplies could be depleted quickly at the stores.

      At least a 2-3 week supply of food, and other stuff people need if the stores are closed is just common sense.

      If we can’t afford a 2-3 week supply, then we should buy ahead whatever we can afford. And, think of ways to make extra money if possible. So, we can have emergency supplies.

    • Lala

      yup!

  • Kim

    If people can’t prep for three inches of snow how are they prep for anything at all.

    • Seriously?

      It was ice — …snow was not the big deal..it was the rain that turned to ice and
      then snow on top of that…and it would have STOPPED anybody in any city
      and created the same mess.

      And how do we expect them to stay home from their jobs unless their bosses give them the go-ahead? Example: You are in a city that rarely sees this kind of weather and you call your boss and say, “Ahh, it is supposed to snow a couple inches..I’m taking the day off” ….????

      • Kim

        What is illustrated above is a how easily a lack of preparation can quickly breakdown basic systems that cities rely on. They say 20% is what happens to you, 80% is how you respond.

        I didn’t realize there was snow on top of ice. Three inches of snow is not a big deal. But ice can be. It’s definitely impossible to drive, or even walk, in thick ice.

        • Hammerstrike

          Even for FBI armored cars?

          • Kim

            Do u have one?

          • Hammerstrike

            No, mererly curiosity.

            Some says the crisis is all planned for by the “elite” but one can´t help but wonder how a police state will deal with breaking infrastructures.

      • Safe At home

        I live down the road from the ATL. There was NO rain. It was in the 20s when the precip moved in. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We did have warning. A few weeks ago we closed down for cold weather. Now , add snow. Light fluffy snow that is not slushy even now. Stopping on the way home for diapers AFTER the snow starts is an example of the least amount of foresight for the most vulnerable family member. Hello! Wake up and get responsible for your life. Don’t blame the governor for not reading more into a forecast than you did. Don’t blame the governor if there are too few salt trucks when you want taxes for bike lanes in your neighborhood. You are supposedly a sentient being with the common sense of survival. Are you an aldult? Do you regularly tell others you can do as you please? Make your own decisions? Then be one and do so. Your mother did not get elected to take care of you. If it is icy, get off the road. If you are out in cold weather, why do you not have a proper coat, gloves or hat available? How do you manage to put gas in your car if you are too ignorant to your own basic needs? Most of all, do not blithely send your children off to school without any preparation or knowledge of what to do if they can not get home. Is your work so mission essential that you can risk their welfare? Have you not entertained the idea that you had them and YOU are responsible at all times. We had an early warning of what was coming. The news let everyone know what was going on in Alabama before it arrived here. Lack of interest or effort on your part is not an excuse. Grow up and take care of what you need to get straight with the reality of an inconvenient world. It is no one elses fault if you can’t be bothered to look out after your own self.

      • sarah

        Try your very best to become self employed by this time next year. Be your own boss.

    • Mike

      Please Kim,know your facts.I would have like to see how well you would drive on solid ice…forget the snow.

      • Kim

        Oh no, I totally agree. Ive tried -and it is impossible to drive on ice.

      • sarah

        Mike: Perhaps, Kim meant stay off the roads if they are iced/snowed over. Common sense says stay home if you live in the South and if snow/ice is expected. We don’t prepare for snow and ice in the South because it doesn’t effect us daily like it does in many Northern states.

        • Anne Gamble

          Atlanta may have been warned, but Bnrmingham, AL had no idea what was coming for us. What was a “light dusting” of snow, quickly changed to solid ice in a matter of minutes. Everyone was on the road as if it was just another day.. traveling to doctor appointments, on lunch breaks, etc. Suddenly, everyone was in gridlock, stalled. No one could drive in these conditions No matter how “skilled” they may be with driving in snow. These articles online are making the South look ridiculous. We did not have any kind of equipment in our area because all equipment from the state of Alabama was sent to the southern part of the state since they were predicted to have the weather conditions Central Alabama ended up with. This is not something that has anything to do with the way we drive in the snow because the snow was NOT the issue. Of course, the southern most part of the state more than likely did not prepare, but would anyone in the Northern states prepare for a Tornado if you never have them? I don’t think so. You wouldn’t know how to prepare for one if you had to. Instead of criticizing our driving abilities on thick sheets of ice, why not give advice?

          • Anne Gamble

            Sarah, this was not posted directly to you, just others in the thread that seem to think they know it all :)

          • sarah

            Anne: I saw this 2nd comment after I had responded to your 1st comment.

            Those snow and ice storms can come in fast, and some times out of nowhere it seems.

            People that have lived in Atlanta for several years, and through some of these ice/snow storms know full well not to drive on ice. But, every winter they drive on it anyway.

            It doesn’t bother me personally one bit to look foolish to Northerners. You know why?

            Because I was born Southern by the Grace of God.

            Lucky me! :) :) :)

          • sarah

            Anne: Here in Atlanta we go through this almost every year. We look foolish nearly every winter.

            So.

            I’m sorry people in Alabama were not prepared for weather conditions they were not accustomed to, or warned about.

    • sarah

      They can prep Kim. They are just too lazy. Or, they say we don’t have the extra money. Almost anyone can lay aside a large bag of rice and a large bag or beans for emergencies.

      The real problem is many people do not want to take responsibility for self.

      Then they are REAL surprised when the government don’t SAVE them.

  • Hammerstrike

    “People in this car-dependent city walked for miles, hunched over and huddled from the cold. Many had no coats, hats or gloves.”

    I blame the IQ shortage.

    • southerngirl

      You show your ignorance. I live in Birmingham and we have been in the same boat as Atlanta. We were NOT given a 3 day warning. All of our forecasters predicted a “light dusting of snow.” They were obviously wrong and have readily admitted it numerous times on local channels
      . Within 2 hours the interstates and secondary roads were a sheet of ice. No one, not even experienced Yankees, can drive on a sheet of ice! The problem was compounded when the schools dismissed midmorning and parents were trying to reach their children. Semi-trucks jackknifed, blocking interstates, People were forced to abandon their vehicles, including myself (although I reached a nearby neighborhood until I could go no further.) It is true that we in general were not prepared in our cars for this freak winter weather incident. We live in a semi-tropical climate. Winters are generally mild. But I will learn from this and make sure in the future I carry a blanket, water, and snacks in my car at all times. But please do not judge the intellect of those in the south. There have been so many instances of Good Samaritans and neighbors helping neighbors. Southern hospitality at its finest…

      • Imaplaneiac

        southerngirl, I call weather forecasters ” FOOL-casters”! They’re WRONG most of the time; despite using sophisticated computers and weather satellites!? I live in Middle Georgia and it’s NOT the first time we’ve had snow and ice here in Dixie – right!? Apparently, most Southerners suffer from severe amnesia! Common sense SHOULD direct people to PREPARE -despite what the FOOL-casters predict! I DID! Today, I enjoyed a Snow Day at home; working on important projects!

      • K

        Southern girl. I am sorry your local weather people let you down big time. Here in N.E. TN the local weathermen, starting warning us the Friday before. The weekend weather guy continued to warn us, and fine tune the timing of the event. So the information was out there. Is it possible your stations do not employ a weekend weather person? There are several good internet weather sites. At least for the rest of this Winter, perhaps you should rely on them. One thing I can tell you, there is nothing normal about this Winter.

      • Uh-huh

        Southern Girl: As a westerner who has lived in the north for the last 50 years, please accept my apologies for those currently amongst us who feel a “need” to insult or blame. Weather is a constant learning experience.

      • sarah

        Who cares if they judge Southern intellect or not. You can’t expect a Northerner to understand Southern mentality concerning snow and ice. Almost every year Southerners go through this. And, almost every time we say the same thing…”We’ll be better prepared next time.” Well, if we never prepare who cares except us. We have to maintain our Southern traditions of ignoring snow and ice or we wouldn’t be Southern. I say if we prepare for anything let it be Snow Storm Holiday. Everybody stays home. No work. No school.

  • cherylmeril

    It’s either heaven or hell take your pick. You decide here where you go by accepting Jesus as your savior. Otherwise you will end up with millions of unrepentant sinners in eternal hell.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I find it jaw dropping that these people had three days to get ready and most did nothing. Three inches of snow in my part of the world would not have raised an eye brow. You still would have had people in large pickup trucks and SUV’s driving like morons. Two feet would have had people scrambling the minute they here it was on it’s way with SUV and large PU trucks driving like dimwits. I think we’re near peak stupidity.

  • uh-huh

    it wasn’t the snow that got them — it was the ice. Have a friend who lives in Alabama…road was a sheet of ice. It doesn’t matter what state an ICE storm occurs in, it will stop you cold. So everybody is making a big deal out of an ice storm that would have brought any city to a halt and has done so a zillion times in the north…we are just used to it occurring there and not in the south; hence, the big deal in the media.

  • Imaplaneiac

    Atlantans have elected a DEMONcrat as their ” mayor ” for DECADES! This SNAFU reminds me of Hurricane Katrina ” taking out ” New Orleans; which also had a DEMONcrat as its ” mayor “. Hmm, is there a pattern of NEGLIGENCE here?! A lack of LEADERSHIP?!

  • MattBracken

    Alas, Brave New Babylon!

    • Mike

      WTF

  • http://chrisinmaryville.net/ ChrisInMaryville

    All good points and well stated that people should take to heart. Still blown away at the impact from a light snow fall, whether it be in Atlanta or in my neck of the woods about 2.5 hours north. Years back, alright, decades back, living up north, 6′ snow drifts were normal. The normal shovel was for light powdery snow, push shovel for the heavy wet snow. Schools were closed only when temperatures or snowfall was considered extreme. Possibly old habits remain, but when the latest snow storm hit both cars were on full, food and water well stocked, an ample supply of batteries and enough cat food and litter to last for a very long time. Being prepared should be common sense as much around us is out of our control. But then again, common sense is far from common today.

    • Mike

      It was the ICE dude !!!

  • Viking Exile

    I’m from AK. 99% of the people up there are prepared for such a minor contingency, as it’s a daily occurrence from October through May. However, down here (I live in this place now), nobody is prepared. Being prepared is looked down upon as some sort of extremist mindset. Even saying you need 3 days of food and water is shunned and mocked. Moreover, nobody maintains their vehicles for peak performance, half of people’s tires are bald, and the Yankee bastards that moved here are extremely pushy and tailgate within 8′ of your vehicle at nearly 100 miles per hour. Literally. The culture has become so dependent on the system, and the people have become so violently opposed to any form of self reliance, that it will collapse not within 72 hours, but really more like 48 of a major emergency. The only reason there haven’t been huge gunfights and riots is that everybody used the snow as an excuse to stay home. I have no hope for America anymore, and I cannot wait to get enough money to evacuate back to the free Western US as soon as possible .

    The issue of people being out, is a sheeple issue, but we’re all sheeple unless you own your own business and make your own decisions. When you have a couple kids and have a mortgage; and the boss tells you that if you leave early you need to find a new job, then you listen to them. Part of this problem is America’s sick obsession with being present at your job merely to show that you’re being “productive”. We need to change our societal values to become more self reliant and independent.

    • Ten Beers

      We call that rush hour.

  • Diana

    Prayerfully it will be too cold for people to get out and pillage.

  • Colin

    The world in “The Walking Dead” is unrealistic. Considering that the East Coast seaboard has a great many nuclear reactors and that the water conditions are marginal, that part of the country a few years after an apocalpyse would be a radioactive wasteland. (In Georgia, there are four operational nuclear reactors.)

    There was a show about what would happen to the world if humans disappeared. It’s amazing how quickly the processes that power our modern world would collapse. It was called “Life After People”.

    What surprises me is that people will endure twenty or thirty hours in a vehicle that is stuck in a traffic jam. What makes a person do that?

    • Hammerstrike

      Hahhahaah!

      Nope, unless there are giant tsunamis and massive earthquakes, which are not at all unlikely in the near future.

  • dadelaw

    It’s usually about this time in the progression of an average blog here that someone starts up a thing about ‘God’. Since nobody’s done it, I offer to step into the breach…
    Uh, isn’t ‘God’ supposed to come along right around now and ‘save’ everybody in the pileups who believe in ‘Him’?

    • Jones

      My, My aren’t you a clever little sissy!

    • sarah

      If people stranded in their cars are not dead from freezing temps, God did save them.

    • Jake

      downlow,
      you must think you’re slicker’n owlshit now don’t you? You’re nothing but an ignorant duncepuppy. What’s with you putzes that can’t just keep your little anti-God rants to yourself? Is something bothering you about it? HMMMMM?

      • dadelaw

        Yes, actually, it does bother me. It bothers me that people parade their righteous religious fantasies to those who are of different religious persuasions or none at all and it particularly bothers me that those who oppose the nonsense are viciously attacked for no good reason. It indicates the terrifying power of delusion to mold people’s minds. I don’t like it at all.

  • PointofVue

    Those of us who live here, were not really getting a true picture of the storm coming in. We looked at local & national weather and they were all showing 30-50% chance of snow, up to one inch of accumulation. That is not really enough to for most people to make the decision to stay home. Everyone went onto work & school, waiting to look at the window at the one inch of snow, soon to be falling. Then the problem hit that it was not powdery snow, but sleet and in about one hour, all the roads had to turn to a sheet of ice and you could barely walk across a parking lot with out slipping. Everyone started leaving work to try and get home, schools decided to let the kids out early & some were not running buses, instead, calling parents to come get them. As the streets got congested, the cars were not rolling to help keep some of the ice from accumulating, so once it all came to a stop, the roads got worse. All lanes & medians blocked by cars and snow plows and dump trucks could not get on the highways to try and clean them off. All of this happened in less than two hours from snow starting to gridlock & from there, everyone had to figure out what to do.

  • stingray

    yeah i can image that

  • A A A A A umm A

    I’m in the Phillipines……….

    So in a scale of 1 to 10,how f*cked am i when SHTF in the US?(Even i can predict that it’ll be a domino-effect chain reaction anyway)

    Please answer… .___. idk how long stocks can last here,i dont have $$/PP

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Hit the jungles for some bananas and tarantula stew. You’ll be alright. ;)

  • FirstGarden

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  • Paul

    regardless of job security everyone has the responsibility of personal safety. Everyone also has the responsibility of self-reliance (aka: responsible planning and preparedness). There seems, to me, to be a mindset among those who live in large cities that they are somehow protected from catastrophes. There are numerous weather cites on the internet–I use intellicast. Simply because your local weatherman predicts something doesn’t mean it is so. Everyone must take the personal responsibility to self-prepare and educate themselves. When you have so many people clogging the interstates on clear, sunny days then how will it be when a storm occurs? There is such a rare occurrence as “Stay at home when it’s snowing”. People get second opinions at a doctors office–people should do the same when it comes to the weather. Not having extra food, water in your vehicle, and a blanket in cold weather, is no ones fault by the drivers. It’s not hard to throw a few bottle waters and a few packs of trail mix in your trunk along with a blanket. I am not being saracastic but when a major events does happen–and it will at some point–most people are going to be unprepared and become victims instead of survivors. Is that what you want?

  • Chris

    I agree Kim. Most only care about reality TV, sports, technology. They’re indeed irresponible idiots. Sad!

  • captain

    Correction: Michael. Atlanta is the 9th largest metro. City wise I think Atlanta is the 40th largest in America with a population 440,000.

  • brbg

    To be fair, the problem was mainly the ICE, not the snow. Also, folks in the south do not have snow tires and their windshield washer fluid does not have de-icer in it. They do not have nearly enough snow plows and sanders to keep the roads passable. I think they should put some money into better preparation because this can happen during any winter.

    • God Save America

      hunker in place.

  • Neckbeard the Basement Dweller

    LOL! Only 3 inches of snow? Try living in Montana. Or North Dakota. Three measly inches of snow…Phhht….

    • Growupfolks

      Read my previous comment, Neckbeard. We can drive in SNOW – this was ICE! I challenge you and your fellow know-it-alls to drive on ice without tire chains and/or a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Do you really believe that in a semi-international city like Atlanta there are that many people who can’t drive in SNOW? The reporter did a very bad writing job here.

  • we_have_one_that_can_see

    i live in nyc we get snow,and ice every couple of weeks. this is going to come as a real shocker to some people but you know how you handle that,..you drive slow!
    i don’t know if its the fact that a large portion of the country is on medication,..or if their is something in the tap water,..or if this country has just morphed into a nation of obese non thinkers, but if most people are not given instructions they are lost.

    when the; you know what hits the fan they will just follow instruction with out a second though, ” take this vaccine”
    ” go to this camp to be safe” “we need to suspend the constitution for your safety” ect….

    • God Save America

      Place this mark on your head or hand.

    • sarah

      A nation of sheep will be ruled (eaten) by wolves. Americans are being served up like lamb chops daily to those that hunger with greed for power and money in Washington D.C., on Wall Street, and now spreading to some local level authorities. Wolves will not stop eating sheep.

  • janos

    It wasn’t the snow…it was the ice storm that came with it. The road paving material used in the south works great in heat and rain. But becomes slick and dangerous in icy conditions.

    • God Save America

      Bottom line, it is how people react to the situation. Reaction by the government, business and population as well was poor. Any major situation such as an economic collapse, NBC attack, EMP attack, etc. would be catastrophic to any region of our country. We live in an age where we are all too spoiled.

  • the friar

    I would have thought that snow chains fitted onto the tyres of a vehicle would have alleviated some of the problems regarding traction on icy road – or is that considered old technology?

  • Rick

    Most people cannot afford to prepare such as going out and buy a small chunk of land or expensive survival equipment. It’s not by choice believe you me.

  • Neko

    Why don’t you ask the people in Alaska how to prepare for the cold… Just pack some winter clothes, warm shoe, hats, gloves, a couple of warm blankets and 1-2 liters of water with you if weather forecast doesn’t look too warm. Common sense.

  • x-soviet

    “the kindness did not last long”

    Real survivalists, like Selco and Ferfal, say indeed that festive spirit will evaporate in a week or so. It would be a mistake to believe the same people will be friendly to each other in 2 and 3 weeks after SHTF.

  • piccadillybabe

    People should have bugout bags in their vehicles at all times, i.e. water, nonperishable food, a space blanket, sleeping bag, blankets, etc. It’s not hard to get it together and not expensive, just takes some time, thought and motivation.

  • Pauly

    Vote out the GA governor, he said to blame him.

  • http://badsalesman.blogspot.com/ Mike M.

    I live in Atlanta and it was partly humorous then sad to see how unprepared 99.9% of the population is.

  • Ten Beers

    Y’all can’ handle 3″. LAME!

  • Ten Beers

    What’s funny is the south’s inability to drive in/on the snow/ice. As northerners, we find this funny. (I still have to get to either home/work, rain, snow, ice, blizzard.} And yes, it gets cold at night, the rain freezes then it snows on top of that as it warms up. . ..

    In the spring we have tornadoes.

    WTF?! Get your ass up and go to work! Boo Hoo the weather sucks. Welcome to planet Earth!