Now if Florida were to be hit by an ice storm...we wouldn't be prepared. North Florida would handle it ok because I can remember times where it got down to 17. Coldest recorded temp was -2 F in Tallahassee...but that was in 1899. The thing is that Ice is obviously a large damage factor, but not as damaging a factor to human life in Florida. Hurricanes is another story. Certainly a huge loss of life factor if you are not ready. Experience is the issue obviously. Training. Do you really think all of that is a pipedream? It really isn't. Your utilities guys could come down to Florida to learn more about the systems we implement. Heck enough of your old people are down here...I am sure they have relatives to stay with .
There is no guarantee, because there is always a bigger storm down the road. But there IS such a thing as best possible preperation. Florida is always pushing for better methods of hurricane preperation. The North East needs to take notes. Just like out west needs to take notes on wild Fire prevention.