I didn’t stockpile for Y2K, but I do like to plan ahead in case of emergencies. At the beginning of hurricane season, I do get new batteries for the flashlight, buy a few containers to use for freezing water, and lay in a healthy store of tuna and canned mandarin oranges. Not to mention Velveeta and Rotel.
Are we supposed to be doing anything for the oil spill?
At a person level, arguably the only provisions one may want to make is eating as much Gulf shrimp before it gets contaminated. I’m a bit nervous that there haven’t already been warnings about when to stop eating what seafood.
In all seriousness, though, is Texas doing anything? Are we moving booms into place and teaching people how to get them out into the water? Are volunteers being trained on rescuing and de-slicking birds and other coastal animals? Do we need sandbags or volunteer shifts or places to sign up to do something?
I did a cursory google search to see if I could find out about preparations, and saw one reference to national parks all along the entire Gulf coast, and one article suggesting Texas beach resorts are starting to see people who were planning to go to Mobile or Destin now planning on South Padre instead. That was about it.
Texas has been lucky, so far, that winds seem to be blowing everything to the east, but I know that the winds will eventually shift. Does the loop current keep us safe? I just feel like we should be hearing more about this.