It is to be hoped that no readers of this column are currently taking part in their own personal disaster movies but across the country, many of us will now feel threatened by floods and gales.
In any year, the planet will suffer more than its fair share of tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Typically, they take place on your TV screen, broadcast from somewhere on the other side of the world.
This can persuade some of us to make charitable donations but often feel no more real than visions of global disintegration seen in the latest blockbuster disaster movie. Even where thousands of people die, it somehow doesn't feel all that real.
As we are constantly being reminded at present, floods and gales are more than capable of causing their own devastation in Britain from time to time. Once again, this is usually a long way from where we live and involves nobody that we know.
If you live in inner London, the fact that a town in North Yorkshire or the Somerset Levels have become rivers is of no great consequence.
Hearing that the south-west corner of the country is completely cut off following the disappearance of the underpinnings for the rail line begins to make one wonder but probably has no more effect than that.
The moment when this all of this becomes real is when your train journey is delayed or worse.
For many in the south-east, the sight of towns and villages in the commuter belt underwater is chastening and potentially terrifying.
The current situation really does sound like something invented by a Hollywood scriptwriter of the more lurid kind.
The news today featured sandbags in Staines, army patrols to keep out looters in Wraysbury and power cuts to already flooded homes in Datchet.
To compound this, they are tying down everything that moves in Cornwall in the expectation of 100 mph winds.
Once one sees the relatively affluent residents of Datchet and Windsor Park wading in their own living rooms, which is more than they can do since witnessing their fate on screen is not an option because the television is half submerged, this will send shockwaves through many Londoners who is friends, colleagues or clients could be affected.
In fact, some readers of this column might either be fearful or even already facing 6 to 9 months of hell as they are relocated while everything dries out and is replaced. One hopes that insurance policies are all in place and pay out quickly, which should certainly be the case since there can be little dispute about the cause of the damage, as long as it is not an excluded Act of God.
It is also very sad to see one man or woman's nightmare turned into someone else's opportunities to take a partisan pot-shot for political gain.
One might suggest that it is tasteless in the extreme for a national newspaper to suggest that the dying in Africa should lose their financial support from the UK in order to bail out its readership.
A far more helpful and practical suggestion came via a tweet to the BBC website. This suggested that perhaps the money that had been earmarked for HS2 could more usefully being spent to alleviate the rail problems that the railways will face over the next couple of years sorting out the aftermath of the floods?
Similarly, the spat involving a government minister lambasting the Environment Agency on its wounded chief turns the debate into a slanging match by blaming the government is unhelpful.
In reality, one imagines that it is probably the last 10 governments who have all devoted far too little cash to this disaster waiting to happen.
In any event, for most of us this will be forgotten in a few weeks’ time but perhaps we should all make a note in our diaries to spare a thought for those who are still displaced when we go off on our summer holidays.