noticing that as prepared as they thought they were, a really bad hurricaine hits ny, and all of a sudden, they realize.
They realize the system (the grid as it were, for power mainly, but for natural gas to a lesser extent with the colder weather arriving) is not all perfect and while reasonable preparations were made, an act of nature on this scale could not be reasonably anticipated.
At which point one realizes, nature is not reasonable, and you learn that the preparations you took lose out - in some cases by a matter of inches, and the resulting catastrophe may take a week or more to resume things back to some sense of normal.
or, more aptly, jarring people into a reality where things don't always work perfectly, tough situations occur, worst case secnarios happen.
Then you realize there is more than just "you" and people you know or the tv show last night loses it's (its?) meaning and there is a matter of life and death to let you know what is really important.