Floridians in the panhandle have been hit hard by Hurricane Michael. Looting has been at an all-time high, even to the point that my fellow brothers in blue were the targets of criminals and had to take lethal action. Many residents are taking no chances due to the scarcity of law enforcement in the affected areas.
As the Epoch Times reported:
Video footage emerged that shows a Dollar General in Panama City being looted. People can be seen taking toilet paper, soft drinks, beer, and other items. Alekz Londos, who uploaded the video, said that the police told him “that they do not have the manpower or resources to focus on the looting.” He said that police now just “drive up and scare” the looters.
I can honestly say that both Law Enforcement and the Florida National Guard are trying their best. We have flooded the areas as best we can, but still. Even that isn’t enough.
There are only so many LEOs to go around and like everyone else, many of us were personally affected by the storm, too. A number of Floridians have taken personal security into their own hands and have posted signs advising criminals to ply their trade elsewhere.
On a personal level, we’re not taking any chances either. Since I’m on Hurricane duty working 12-hour shifts, my wife is back home watching the fort and trying to cook a nice warm meal and make sure the furballs don’t get into trouble.
And yes, she keeps guns at the ready and doesn’t take any chances. Being a hurricane veteran herself, she knows what can happen to the thin veneer of civilization when folks don’t have running water, electricity, and the general comforts of modern technology for an extended period of time.
I can also tell you that patrolling in a squad car during a hurricane is no fun at all.
I won’t be taking any chances with some ne’er-do-well either. I keep my work AR within reach and have go bag with additional mags at the ready along with an individual first aid kit.
All in all, we’re doing our best to help others in more need than us. Because thankfully, we got through this storm with only a slight inconvenience. Others, like a good friend of mine and a brother in blue, were less fortunate.
He lives in Panama City and is dealing with a mess of biblical proportions. Up to eight trees fell on his home and crushed his well water pump.
So I ask our good-natured and kind hearted TTAG readers…if you can, please help those in need. Thank you.