A full week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, most of the state is beginning to recover from what was touted as a “nuclear bomb” of a hurricane by governor Scott Brown, and one that set records for maintaining continuous wind speeds of 185 miles per hour for 37 hours.

After devastating a number of islands in the Caribbean as she moved west, Irma fortunately weakened considerably from its previous Category 5 rating by the time it hit mainland Florida, striking Naples at Category 3 strength but quickly downgrading to Category 2 once over land.

Despite Irma’s historic power and destructiveness, Florida was spared of what could have been a much more calamitous disaster. As a recent transplant to Florida, I had a front row seat and lived through a full hurricane cycle for the first time in my life. And as someone who prides themselves on regularly thinking through various contingency scenarios and planning appropriately, I wanted to use this article as a chance to conduct an after-action review (AAR) on what went well, what did not go well, and what I could do better next time. Bottom line up front: I had way, way too many guns.

Now, normally I would never say someone could have too many guns, but I quickly found that in my numerous disaster and emergency scenarios I prepared for, nearly all of them involved me getting into some sort of prolonged urban firefight. Or some apocalyptic scenario where I would raise an indigenous force of survivors and arm them to the teeth against an army of the undead. But here in the real world, it was just me, my wife, and my dogs against general discomfort in the wake of a hurricane.