In times of desperation, people sometimes need to resort to drastic measures to survive. Edward Obediah Sweat can certainly relate to this more than most, it seems, as he took to Facebook to share some much-needed advice with the people of Florida in 2017. And when America was hit by a slew of devastating events in the fall of that year, his tip about water-filled trash bags turned out to be crucial.
Although Sweat now resides close to Barker, Texas, he has connections to the Lone Star State. Before the man’s retirement, you see, he had previously worked at a police station in Jacksonville, Florida, as a Master Patrolman. And no doubt given the former officer’s prior links to the region, he wanted to share some advice with the people who were living there in September 2017.
Just one month before Sweat’s Facebook post, a massive natural disaster had thrown the state of Texas into turmoil. The last notable hurricane to hit American shores had come back in 2005, when Hurricane Wilma had devastated Florida. The arrival of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, however, signaled the end of this hiatus.