Now we have some winter weather experience

After two days of cabin fever and frozen grounds (or, “snow”, as some erroneously called it), Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) has thawed.

Last Friday and this Tuesday and Wednesday were quite unusual days for us all. Despite the constant heckling from northern news media and residents, the truth is, we are just not accustomed to – or made for – extremely cold weather.

And, considering the hundreds of crashes reported throughout Southwest Louisiana on the three days of icy roads we endured, we are obviously not equipped to drive in such weather, either.

But, let’s take this as a lesson learned. Now we have some experience in dealing with winter storms (even if it’s just a lot of ice) and if it happens again this year or next, we know what to do.

While we wouldn’t evacuate during an ice storm, enduring such weather is much like dealing with a hurricane. Since weather can change at the last minute, as we saw Friday and Tuesday, it’s important to be prepared. Just as we would stock up on fuel, food and emergency necessities during a hurricane, we need to do the same if the threat of a winter blast comes our way again. We should also plan to stay in a hotel or with friends or family should work require us to be close.

Friday, none of us were prepared.

Tuesday and Wednesday we were, considering that store shelves were left bare Monday night and few vehicles were reported on roadways by local authorities.

Speaking of local authorities, we have to send much gratitude to our local law enforcement officers and emergency responders. While most of us were safe and warm in our homes, those men and women were away from their families, patrolling our roads to keep an eye on motorists and responding to emergency calls. Even though they were in danger while on roadways, they worked throughout the day and night to monitor roads, answer residents’ questions and respond to anyone who needed help.

Hopefully, Tuesday and Wednesday were the last days of ice we will have for the rest of this year.

If not, however, let’s not forget how to prepare the next time we are homebound for a few days.

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