From where I'm sitting in North Central Texas, Rita was (mercifully) not as bad as everyone in the media predicted. I'm not saying it wasn't bad for some, because it was. I'm saying it could've been many times worse. In spite of all the traffic, the gas shortages, panic runs on gas stations, etc., things weren't quite so bad.
So let's talk about how people acted during the pre-storm evacuation. Runs on gasoline, water, and groceries. Not panic, but definitely trepidation.
What if it had been a real emergency? How comfortable are you with the way your neighbors acted in this situation? How prepared were you? Are you more or less likely to own a gun now?