It wasn’t the first national emergency in his lifetime. The first one he could recall was polio in the mid 50s. He was too young to have been worried about that one. A lot of people close to him were. They tempered their fears with thoughtful action based on the best available advice, and they looked out for each other. In time the emergency passed.
As concerns about a contemporary emergency grew, some typical public reactions began to surface. None of them should have come as a surprise, because something as temporary as a pending snow storm can bring about the same panicked public reactions. He paid attention to the news, thought through how best to respond, and resolved that he would stay informed, and adhere to the best available advice.