Six years ago, I wrote about how watching the .gov screw up the response to Katrina made me realize that they were not going to be there for me if something bad happened to my family.
And they weren’t.
Who WAS there were people like my neighbor Chad, who ran outside at the height of the storm to clean a blocked drain that was threatening to flood our street.
There was Mike’s Weather Page, which provided hurricane models that were far more accurate that what the NOAA was feeding us.
There was the science teacher in my Sunday School class who worked with the NOAA for years, and told us WAY ahead of time that Irma was something to be concerned about. There were faith-based organizations who were FAR more able and nimble than the .gov was.
There were the meteorologists at the various local TV stations who were present when Wilma went through here and knew how to talk to us hurricane rookies.
Race Bannon Mike Pence showed up in our town and walked around and Ben Nelson shook some hands and Air Force One came and went, but they didn’t have to hunt for gas to fuel their cars and they don’t have to worry if the grocery store will have fresh milk tomorrow. FEMA has promised help, but it will be a while until it arrives, but in the meantime, churches ARE helping, and they’re helping right now.
It wasn’t Antifa who drove down my street at 12AM making sure everything was alright when all the lights were out, and it wasn’t the Republican National Committee either. It was the men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, but I wasn’t counting on them to be there if someone decided to kick in my door during a gap in coverage.
I was, however, counting on the Mossberg 500* in my safe room and the 9mm Shield on my hip.
If and when the .gov does help in the recovery of Hurricane Irma, that’s nice, but to quote Band Of Brothers, “How do I feel about being rescued by Patton? Well I’d feel pretty peachy, except for one thing, we didn’t ******* need to be rescued by Patton.”
We didn’t need to be rescued by the .gov. We rescued ourselves.