Many regions of the nation are familiar with severe seasonal weather. While visitors to the area may feel daunted by environmental conditions, people who live in these places have developed good coping mechanisms and survival skills to attend to the issue. In the same manner that residents in the mid-west may have storm shelters at the ready, people in northern state may also have ample firewood and long-term food storage for common winter blizzards that make travel impossible.
For the most part, human beings are highly adaptable and have good critical thinking skills that aid in survival. However, people are also creatures of habit and it can be easy to become complacent when no immediate danger seems imminent. The problem is that accidents, disasters, and outbreaks do happen, and it is with unexpected events that true survival can be tested.
Recently, the southern states have been experiencing storms that are not as common for this region of the nation. Extreme cold weather has led to severe ice storms which have not only made roads unsafe, but have also led to massive power outages through iced and downed lines. The result is that people in rural and metropolitan areas are all without many of the necessary amenities for life. These situations can particularly support the need to maintain long-term food storage, water supplies, and heat sources, regardless of the complacency of what is considered normal.
Unexpected events can teach resilience, but they can also educate individuals about the importance of staying pro-active regarding emergencies and survival. It is always the hope that these lessons can aid in an experience that encourages positive action. Part of staying prepared is actually an aspect of maintaining quality of life. Thinking ahead, keeping food kits and other supplies for emergencies, and having a plan can allow people to enjoy the rest of their time even more fully. This is because there is the knowledge that resources for adaptation are available and on hand, whenever they may be needed.