So how did you do during Hurricane Irene?

Yes, I spent WAY too much time listening to KYW1060, the local news station on Saturday night through the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Yes, I went down in the basement with the girls and the pets, as there were a zillion tornado warnings in the area.  Yes, I spent too much time awake and was exhausted the next day.  It wasn’t until Monday evening that I really said to myself that I didn’t need to listen to the news anymore.

I wouldn’t say that I was a nervous wreck, but it was a scary event, and I’m glad it’s over.  What got me through was reminding myself that I was prepared.  How did you manage to get through?

The hype of the storm on the news was not helpful at all.  It’s important to remember that news programs are chiefly there to get ratings and get you to listen to their advertising.  You have to sort through the hype to get to the story, it seems.

Here is a very funny story of an NPR contributor who spent 14 hours doing nothing but watching The Weather Channel.  In a twisted way, it reminds me of the brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange, where Malcolm McDowell is tied down with his eyes held open while watching violent films (shudder).

http://m.npr.org/story/140032831?url=/blogs/monkeysee/2011/08/29/140032831/why-did-i-watch-fourteen-hours-of-the-weather-channel-im-not-sure&sc=fb&cc=fp

Hopefully you guys are all safe, and past the anxiety of dealing with hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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