We Floridians are lucky. We are pretty much in tune with preparations for disasters. We prepare for hurricane disasters, tornado disasters, drought disasters, flooding and fire disasters. This virus disaster nestles before our hurricane season which runs from June to the end of November, which starts “snowbird season” which runs until mid April.
So with the new Carina virus we have started our hurricane prep now. Of course this prep focuses on only plywood for windows, blue tarps, visqueen, generators, batteries, first aid kit, emergency food, water and medical supplies. Medical concerns are mostly about rattle and other venomous snakes, being hit by lightening and heat stroke.
Inventory of property placed along with insurance policies and other legal documents in water tight containers. Those who went through the anarchy after hurricane Andrew will also clean and check weapons and stock more ammunition.
With this virus it has become more complicated. Realize that Floridians don’t like being told what to do especially for their own good. They don’t like rules. They don’t like laws. And they especially don’t like edicts like quarantines. They will also be glad to cut off their noses to spite their faces.
If Floridians act true to form, they will pretty much ignore the CDC regarding this disease. These are the people who will fight evacuating for a hurricane and print with their names and phone numbers of their next of kin with indelible sharpies on their arms just in case they die.
At this point on the calendar, the population consists of seasonal snowbirds, retirees, Canadians gambling they can get home to universal health insurance before getting infected, kids out of school because of declared state of emergency and the rest of us Floridians who are trying to survive this insanity till one of our two love bug seasons.