Hurricane Matthew ripped through last week doing lots of wind damage but even more flood damage. I worked at the TV station for most of the event and was able to travel a bit before during and after. I re-thought some of my planning after being able to see events unfold in real time. 1- If you plan on generating power, have too much fuel on hand. Everyone sold out of generators and gas cans, but no power means no gas at the pumps. Fights were common at the few working gas stations after the storm as folks tried to gas up the generators. 2- Get where you're going and stay there. We ventured out to get some equipment only to find trees and flooding had us trapped on the beach. Even worse, we had to detour several times just to get back because of trees that had fallen after we went through and in one case a bridge had washed out. This was scary because we had just been across the bridge 5 minutes before. 3- Have food in the vehicle. Our chief engineer was trapped overnight and slept in his truck at a repeater site. He was in no danger but flood waters blocked him in. He said he was miserable because he had to make do with 1/2 bottle of water all night. And no food. 4- Be protected. One of our staff was approached by two guys who were commenting that he must have plenty of gas in his truck. They broke it off when he reached behind his back like he had a weapon. He didn't but swears he will next time. 5- It's true, stay out of flood waters. My 7500# truck was getting pushed sideways in about 2' of water going across a road. No way one could stay on their feet in it. 6- Don't assume if you've never been flooded you can't be. Many homes were destroyed that were "not in flood prone areas". 7- You are on your own. Don't expect anyone to come to your rescue during a storm. They can't and won't. Thankfully I had all my bases covered this time, plenty to eat, rain gear, lots of water, dry clothes, and plenty of fuel. I am making an extended run kit for my Honda generator so I only fuel it once a day instead of every 6 hours. Another oversight was a cover for my pack to keep it dry. I only had to transfer it between trucks but if I had to wear it it would have gotten soaked. If I have to go through another one, an electric chainsaw with the Honda generator will be in the truck along with a 100' extension cord. And my shotgun. I really have underestimated the entitlement society.