I am a Pastor in the southern coal region in NE Pennsylvania. I grew up in the south and distinctly remember riding out 4 hurricanes and experiencing two tornadoes.The people here went into full panic meltdown mode and do that almost every time we have any type of weather system coming. They call and want me to close the church, cancel the services, and then get upset when I say no. I tell them that it has been raining/snowing/storming/flooding/etc/etc in Pennsylvania since God created Pennsylvania and if your going to live here then learn to deal with it.
If your going to get snow and you going somewhere, go out an hour early and get the snow off your car and don't complain that you were late because you had to get the snow off the car and there was a lot of snow on the roads. If there is even a chance that your going to lose power, make sure DAYS ahead of time you have food, water, and supplies laied up and you did that the month before. Other than getting hit by a tornado with no warning, there is no excuse for not always having emergency supplies, ways of cooking, etc. The people around here binged on milk, eggs and toiler paper. What is wrong with this picture. Power goes out for a week, what is going to happen to that milk and eggs? And buying a CASE of toilet paper? Really???
One thing people did not bing by on around here was charcoal, starter fluid and propane cylinders for a grill. I heard one family say they lost power for 14 hours and they got hungry because they had an electric stove and couldn't cook anything. I asked about their gas grill and asked "why didn't you cook those Angus patties you bragged about getting on sale?" Their answer...." We forgot about using the grill."
Point being, we should always be ready to sustain ourselves and be ready to help teach those who just don't seem to get the concept of taking care of themselves.