How can we live here? Very simple. I was raise here. The hurricanes don't hit that often. When they do you know well in advance that they are coming towards the state. They rarely get to the strength that this one got to. The deaths from this storm came from people not taking precautions. Granted the storm was forcasted to go elsewhere, it was still going to be close to them. Why they didn't at least somewhat prepare for it is beyond me. I was prepared for this storm I had some :spam (woo hoo! i finally used that smiley) in my room ready to last me a couple days. Think about this though.... do you know when an earthqauke is going to come along like the one back in 94 (i think it was)? I believe places out in california were left DEVESTATED. People were without power for weeks there too. At least with the hurricane you have the option to close up shop and evacuate. People are going to live in different areas. In those different areas are going to be different hazards. Think about some of the other countries in the world who have suicide bombers in malls? We havn't gotten to that point yet. But we all think how could people live there? They just do. I don't know of anyone down here in Florida that wants the rest of the nation to feel sorry for us. I think though that as a nation we usually try and help out others in some kind of need. Remember when 9/11 happened? How many states sent there emergency teams to those sites? That is one of the good things about this nation. It pulls together and bounces back from disaster's.....both natural and man made.