When I wrote this the island was under close watch for Tropical Storm Isaac and for some reason the storm decided to slow down.
After all the preparation we did, Tropical Storm Isaac did not do much harm to my Island and any land that it hit afterwards.
Importance of Preparing
Preparing is something we all seem to do throughout our lives. I remember how in school I would study for all the elements in the test and what I studied for did not come up.
When I studied for the CPA exam I remember having that same feeling. The first time I took the exam I was so close to passing it that I got frustrated and fell into a depression for weeks. I complained about studying for things that where not asked in the exam. Reality was that as much as I had studied for the exam I still had not prepared enough. I took the exam a couple of times passed two parts (which expired) and then gave up on the exam. The CPA Exam is a difficult exam to pass but I was always lacking preparation for the exam in key areas.
The Unexpected Makes us Frown
We tend to complain when situations don’t play out like we expected.
I find it very curious how people complain because a storm that was headed to our Island was not as strong as what they prepared for. Some of these individuals expressed their concerns and got support online venting their frustrations on how they lost money on preparations. What they tend to forget is that if the storm created more damage than what they prepared for it would not be something easy to deal with.
A few frustrations came from small business owners who spent money on materials to safeguard their assets. One of the reasons I don’t have an external office is because of added costs like protecting assets from unexpected events.
Don’t get me wrong I know how difficult it can be for any business owner (especially small business owners) locally to spend money they might need for the daily operation of their business. After making the additional expense some forget that if the storm would have come in strong and it damaged the infrastructure around the Island, they would probably lose more money than what they spent protecting their business.
I ask those who complain about meteorologists not being accurate to think if it is better for a meteorologists to underestimate a storm or to overestimate it.
In the small world of my Island where people are so disconnected with nature and the rest of the world, I rather have them overestimate events in order to mitigate the risk of losing lives and minimizing damage.
As for myself, I rather prepare and come out smiling on the other side than not prepare and run into a situation that can’t be fixed.
What are your thoughts?