I'm assuming by now most of you have seen the rumors circulating about some enterprising soul forecasting a 1993-level "blizzard" on social media. I wanted to compare notes without muddying one of the regular weather threads, so hopefully I've chosen the right forum.
First of all, the Superstorm of '93 was not fun; it was scary and dangerous. The internet was still pretty primitive then, so the first warnings we had were actually from Atlanta meteorologists. But by that point we were already seeing other warning signs; I can remember being out for a drive a day or two previous to the storm and seeing nearly every type of wildlife native to this area out either feeding or gathering. Deer, squirrels, groundhogs, and birds without number...they knew what was coming. Most people who live for any time in the country know you should be prepped year-round, 24/7, because you just never know. Sometimes a breeze on a sunny, 82 degree day can knock down a tree and take your power lines with it. You should always be ready.
I don't recall bread, milk, and toilet paper getting wiped out (pun totally intended) in Dahlonega's lone grocery store in the days before the storm, or panicky rumors flying around. No "social media" in those days. But what if there had been? Would people have been better prepared? Personally I think it would have been about the same, complacency is a very old human trait. What do you think?