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Disasters Help Define the South

Two of the top seven researched words have to do with disasters.

I am always interested in culture, since it is what defines us as a nation, region, state or even a town. Thus, when I read this from the Washington Post, “Data reveals what really defines the American South,” I noted that in the list of words, rank ordered for defining the South, No. 5 was “hurricanes,” which is right after “dolphins” and just before “armadillos.” Then, coming in at No. 7 was “stilts.”

Stilts, of course, being what homes are built on to avoid storm surge from a hurricane. Disasters define the South — in one form or fashion.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.