posted on Feb, 13 2014 @ 11:33 PM
reply to post by xuenchen
People can be quite quick to criticize, but fear is fear. The good thing about these events is that they may encourage others to spend a little more
time considering preparations. Having seen how most cities handle snow and ice, there is no one particular place that has figured out all of the
bugs. The difference is that people become more complacent when faced with bad weather in cold climates. In Canada, where a foot of snow is common
place during a storm, and electricity is relatively reliable, more often than not, people find themselves panicking when the power goes out. Then the
bread shelves go empty, and people fight over generators. Same old panic. There is no place immune to meteorological events, so I am more apt to
show concern than judgement in the case of Atlanta.
Couple of fun facts: tires marketed for southern states are not going to respond well to ice and snow. Different formula, respond better to heat.
Chains can save your life, but if you don't have any, 1/4 inch screws are commonly used to make ice racing tires, and can be used for emergency
traction. They of course will ruin your tires.
If you drive a Diesel vehicle, fuel south of north Dakota is normally grade B, with a lower cetane ratio and a high propensity to gel in cold weather,
so consider fuel additives and a desiccant.
Cheap backup generators have an expected useful life of 20 hrs before service! Gotta love planned obsolescence