Nothing like a potential disaster to remind you that people are stupid

 

Above image courtesy of Philebrity

Among the most inane pieces of advice I have listened to or read today, because, ok, I admit it–I have had the 24 hour Sandy coverage on in the background and have been regularly checking Twitter:

  1. Do not use portable generators inside your house. Or, as the fire commissioner put it, they must be used “outside of your environment.” Because carbon monoxide.
  2. Do not use candles. Because fire.
  3. Make sure you have a manual can opener in order to access food.
  4. No alcohol or weapons allowed at Red Cross shelters.

God help us.

And do field reporters get some kind of basic training to prepare them for having to stand on an island that’s under a mandatory evacuation notice and calmly describe how the sand and water are stinging like daggers?

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