This past week, an ice storm slammed Western Kentucky and the surrounding states. No power, no water, and no fuel were some of the things Kentucky residents had to deal with (and continue to deal with).
Being from South Florida, the land of beaches, sun, and, of course, unpredictable hurricanes, I knew that I would survive this ice storm with all of my useful hurricane preparedness training. Fortunately, I have power again, and although I can not drink the water, I am no worse for wear after this ordeal.
So after dealing with an authentic Kentucky ice storm, I have come up with 25 ways that a Kentucky ice storm is different than a Florida hurricane!
1. You don’t have to worry about your snot freezing in your nose during a hurricane.
2. You have never seen a frozen palm tree.
3. You don’t have to worry about your food spoiling, just put it outside.
4. You would never use melted snow to flush your toilet in Florida.
5. If you are hungry, just shoot a deer.
6. Power lines fall down because of heavy ice, not 125 mph winds.
7. Murray electric is less prepared for a disaster but can get your power up twice as fast as FPL!
8. No price gauging (believe it or not!)
9. Watch out for fallen oak trees instead of Spanish olive trees.
10. You can’t have a snowball fight during a hurricane.
11. You would never hear a rumor about an electrical tower falling in the middle of the ocean.
12. Evacuating to Opryland makes more sense than driving to Disney World.
13. People are thankful that only one tree fell through their roof.
14. No power and water? No problem! Just another Kentucky camping trip…just instead of LBL it’s your house.
15. Shopping for bottled water at Kroger instead of Publix.
16. People warm themselves by real authentic fireplaces (not those pretend ones with the pretty lights).
17. Gas stations in Kentucky don’t always have generators handy.
18. News radio updates are only given in English.
19. You need to wear at least two or three layers of clothing before checking out the damage outside.
20. You are happy to enjoy a warm meal at Taco John’s, Captain D’s, Cracker Barrel, or the Tumbleweed.
21. You never need to worry about being forgotten during an ice storm.
22. Friends will travel across state lines to check on you.
23. The National Guard is more concerned about guarding water bottles than worrying about nonexistent looting.
24. Catching the local news updates on WKMS radio, instead of from Brian Norcross.
25. One thing is the same: Whether Kentucky or Florida, you are definitely thankful when everything is back to normal!