So, what can we take from the event and what it means to Galvestonians as well as other Americans who have chosen to live by the sea? Well, it's really quite simple. If you enjoy living by the sea, you must prepare yourself for any event. The sea is a very powerful force when it wants to be adversarial and rebuilt sandbars can easily be destroyed again and buildings placed on sand can be undermined. And even if we understand that, we have to understand that when the storm hits, inability to drive, get water or have electricity for all the things we grow accustomed will be gone and it can be for what seems to be an eternity of time. Plus, with the growth of popularity and the added population that brings, evacuation must begin sooner and sooner if we don't want to be stranded in a car stuck in traffic when the storm hits. Furthermore, then there is the problem of the delay in returning and the advent of so much looting and pillaging in a time where crime runs rampant as we as a society seem not to want to affix responsibility on the culprit. None of the above, of course, even considers the routine cost of home maintenance in such a demanding and corrosive physical environment. All of these things are ones that should be thought about before making the decision to reside on the coast, for afterward it is too late. So, offering a word to the wise, make your choice intelligently and not on emotion.
No one can deny the beauty and joy of waking each morning to the soft soothing sound of waves washing up on shore or the beauty of a walk on the beach with a glorious sunrise like the one shown above. For that reason, no one wants to deny anyone the ability to live that lifestyle if they can afford it, so it is important that they understand in times of peril and distress, they will largely be on their own for a time and even then significant amounts of cost will be left to them to handle. It's the price that comes with the territory and it's just important to understand. If you can handle it and afford it, welcome to the beach, but realize the risks. It's an important message to remember.