“Be Prepared” – the Boy Scout motto. I grew up with it. It was great for teaching us how to think ahead, to hopefully be ready for anything that comes along. What came along in the fall of 2012 no one could fully prepare for: a hurricane followed days later by a Nor’easter that turned into a snow event that shattered the record snowfall for that date by about 4 inches.
The significance of all this is that for the first time in the northeastern United States there wasn’t enough preparation to be done that could have avoided so much of the devastation. Instead of hundreds or thousands being without the essential utilities like power and water the way we are used to seeing after a bad thunderstorm, this time it impacted millions and will continue to for quite some time.