Superstorm Sandy happened nearly a year ago. It sucked. I personally lost my power for five days, all the kids cried when Halloween was cancelled and many of my friends were completely flooded-out.
Before the storm hit, lots of neighbors taped their windows. But according to the National Hurricane Center, you should not be taping windows to prepare for a hurricane. They say it doesn’t work and it could even make it worse. According to the CEO of Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, a job no one knew existed, taping windows can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow through a home. Whee! Also, they say you are wasting time you could be using to do things that could really help. Plus you’re wasting money on tape. Money that could be spent on the kinds of high-calorie junk foods we feel OK about consuming during a disaster.
So how did this myth get started? Apparently taping windows for hurricanes was recommended back in the 1970′s. But back then your mom guzzled Tab, your Dad chain smoked Winstons and the kids wore no seatbelts — so it wasn’t exactly a decade that was very good with safety.
But even if you didn’t know that taping windows was a waste, who tapes windows and then leaves them taped? Lots of people. Driving around this year I see tons of windows that have never taken the tape down. Are these people lazy? Terrified that a hurricane will strike even when it’s not the season? Or did they come to love seeing the funky X patterns of sunlight dappling their living rooms?
Now that hurricane season is back, these people probably think they are ahead of the game.
These people, are dumb.
Image: Shot of Hoboken, NJ by Kena Betancur / REUTERS / Landov