Reading the coverage of the Irene aftermath, I am painfully reminded that the media (possibly much of the public?) only have two narratives when it comes to disasters:

1) Meh. It wasn't so bad. Silly media hype.
2) WHY WEREN'T WE BETTER PREPARED??

As @mfhawkes said on twitter: "No dramatic footage to play for "prep adequate, outcomes broadly good; room for improvement but best made of available resources"
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