Disasters bring out the best in people or the worst. Neighbor would not share a lick of emergency power. Used to watch everybody’s long faces. I fixed his a**. Brought a large generator told my neighbors “plug in” . They buy the fuel. Wildlife begin to starve because they can’t get food from under deep snow . I keep bags of puppy chow in the garage just for that reason.
Upside I travel 4 minutes East and I get to see the sea everyday. To watch the sea in a heavy snow storm unbelievably beautiful. Or watch the surf after a storm ....no wave breaks the same way. Or a full moon night. I walk four blocks down to abandoned side street and I can explore the ruins of an assembly hangar where the first seaplanes were made for the Navy or I can speak with Halsey’s family if I travel three towns south.
I can’t change the environment but I can change how I react to it. I had to learn that. During Sandy I sat and whined. After Sandy I learned to adapt and do.
You are right about building code down there. I lived and worked in Texas. Flat as a pancake but the people, the best in the world. Easy going, unpretentious and go the extra mile for a friend just don’t piss them off. Great food and hot women and everybody loves the “only sport” football. You are a lucky man. You may not think that now but this will pass and knowing Texans they will do something to put it to right.