even more so when you compare to, say, here in California where we have to be prepared for a no-notice earthquake, so continually able to handle the worst situations. This "beast from the east" was known about for days and yet.... people driving.... getting stuck... need emergency help..... its just dumbness as an output of in general a very easy existence.
A few thoughts come to mind, I keep myself physically strong, i can easily walk out of any situation, many in UK are getting basically FAT and so both trapped by circumstance and reliant on medical care which makes them doubly vulnerable, I basically move with a house on my back with always a meal and water and clothing for the environment so I can handle a bad day, but I see many without such, I see a reliance on reliability, a car culture, I can move in any direction using anything which is moving. Our shared enthusiasm for Anker means I can handle weeks of power outage, but many are stuck in hours if it happened.
I hope this relatively short (week) cold snap makes a new generation toughen up and able to handle better the bad situations. And bad situations are going to get worse due to global warming (a measured fact - thermometers - duh!) so warming seas create more moisture, it will encounter cold air inevitably each winter and so dump its water as snow. No matter how warm the planet gets the north pole due to the planet's 23deg tilt will always spend months in darkness and get cold so it will be transmitting cold to the northern latitudes during winter and so chilling the air to dump its moisture. So while the average temperatures will increase, and so snow less common, it is a fact that more extreme weather will happen. The UK needs to toughen up and get ready. Better flood defences, better emergency services, better snow ploughs, better water management systems for the summer droughts, etc.
Oh and because of Brexit, you have to do all this with fewer cheap immigrants.