Our Neighbors To The South - Hothouse Flowers Or Hapless Victims?

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103

We have so much to learn from the snow that stopped Atlanta and so many other places in the south.  Most of what I read here in the north, on social media platforms, pooh poohed the storm, suggesting the delicate flowers of the south are simply incapable of handling an inch or two of snow and should learn how to drive.  

It is so easy to take a peek from afar, not having the facts, and extrapolating from what little we do know, that these people, are simply incompetent and need to take a lesson from their far more hardy neighbors to the north.  This event, an aberration to be sure, in a part of the world not accustomed to seeing the white stuff falling from their skies, was devastating . . . to real people, facing a terrifying reality.

Imagine being stuck in your car for ten hours or more, or trying desperately to reach your children, released from school early, only to be unable to get to them.  Picture them sleeping on school buses or taking refuge with strangers in makeshift shelters.  Picture the ice beneath your tires rendering you helpless trying to navigate at will as other drivers, attempting the same thing and often failing, slammed into other vehicles in their way.

There has been much news written about it by now, explaining to a snickering population in parts of the world for whom snowstorms are a part of life, what actually happened on Tuesday in the south. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't funny for anyone going through it.  Did anyone drop the ball, given the continued warnings of severe snow?  No doubt!  But then again, they were predicting about an inch or less.  There was a confluence of events that turned it into the disaster it became.  But for those of us witnessing it in photographs and headlines, we would be wise to know our facts before we start making snide remarks. 

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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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We are much better prepared for snow than they could or would ever be Geri.  What a horrible experience for them.  Very kind and thoughtful post my friend.

Jan 30, 2014 08:10 AM #1
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

It only happens once in a great while.  Years can go by.  No wonder they're not prepared.

Jan 30, 2014 08:11 AM #2
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

We are just not prepared for snow but someone dropped the ball on having school reminded of Mayor Nagel in New Orleans.

Jan 30, 2014 10:01 AM #3
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Geri -
As someone living in Atlanta, whose 30 minute commute on Tuesday night took FIVE AND A HALF HOURS, I appreciate your taking up the topic.

Two points about preparedness: I doubt any of those "snickering" would want to pay the extra taxes necessary to maintain trucks, etc. and the employees/salaries for an occurance once every 5 or 8 years. Second, PREPARE for snow - not an issue - but in our area, it is snow that IMMEDIATELY becomes ice. NO ONE CAN DRIVE ON 1-2 inches of SOLID ICE.

This was not only about weather but about folks helping each other out. Lots of stories about that! Our next-door neighbor is from Pittsburgh and is very frustrated with the "sniggering" from her childhood friends. She had four extra folks sleeping over. She and her sons carried food to four other motorists who stayed in their cars all night.

We live in a city of trees. If you ever landed in Atlanta, you saw a green carpet as the plane descended. After Tuesday, shadows and three consecutive days of temperatures below 20 degrees conspired against our mobility.

Here's what that shade and cold left behind on Thursday - 48 hours later. When I finally abandoned my car about an easy mile's walk home on Tuesday night, I invited a young woman stuck at the same spot to come and sleep over since her walk would have been EIGHT miles!

This was not about snow - it was about the perfect ICE STORM that first fell disguised as snow. 

Thanks Geri - for your understanding.

This picture is about 1/4 mile from my home - 48 hours after the storm. But that's what my "storm guest" and I walked through to get to our home - waiting with warmth and food and beds!

Have a happy day -


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