We need answers to why so many died in the Buffalo storm
By Post Editorial Board
December 27, 2022 7:49pm
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The death toll from the blizzard in Buffalo keeps rising and is now at least 33 — begging the question of how a city known for its fierce winters couldn’t protect its residents.
Part of the issue is that exact fact: Buffalo natives are accustomed to the weather. Far too many took to the roads even after being warned, likely thinking it was just another winter storm.
As Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said Tuesday, “when we heard terms such as bomb cyclone, this is something that we’re used to in Western New York.”
“But,” he added, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
It’s obvious that officials, from Gov. Hochul down, should have been more forceful with their warnings. While businesses were urged to close, a travel ban wasn’t announced until shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, a mere 41 minutes before it took effect and as the storm was beginning to bear down on the region.
And though more equipment was called up, zero visibility meant it was difficult for responders to reach people trapped in their cars, leaving some to die.
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Anyone, who expects the Gooferment to save them from their own mistakes, will soon find out that they are often on their own.
The blizzard is a known hazard in Buffalo. So when one is predicted, it would seem obvious that one prepares and takes shelter at home or where ever necessary.
If you have to drive, and that list of reasons should be extremely short — medical emergency is the only thing I can imagine, then you should have a “winter survival” kit in the car’s back seat. Sleeping bag, candles, water, and food are essential.
Seems like some people feel immune to the cold cruel world that we live in.
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