Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

For those who don’t know, I live in South Florida, and am currently in the path of Hurricane Irma- one of the deadliest and most dangerous storms ever recorded.

While living in Florida has its benefits- sun, sand, and Mickey Mouse- hurricanes, unfortunately, are one of the major drawbacks. We’ve been VERY lucky the last few years; especially last year, when we almost got a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew. Miraculously, Matthew turned at the last minute, and we were spared.

Irma is bigger, and badder, than Matthew. It could very well hit us as a Category 4. It’s wider than the state of Florida. I’m on the East Coast, yet honestly, it’s a dangerous storm no matter what coast you’re on.

I also live in an apartment as a renter, and while it’s miles from the ocean, we are not allowed to board up our windows. I am staying with my husband’s family in a more solid, shuttered house, but my apartment (as well as almost everything I own, including my car) could be destroyed.

However, human safety (and pet safety), are the top priority right now. My family and pets are taking shelter and as many precautions as we can.

I could not evacuate due to my husband’s and my work. It would be too dangerous to attempt evacuating now. It is easy for those watching the news from far away to tell us Floridians to “get out,” but it’s not that simple. We can’t put our lives on hold every time a hurricane is announced. It’s VERY rare for a hurricane to become this big, and no one had any idea of what it would be become.

I’ve had people tell me “you should have evacuated a week ago,” and implied that I’m irresponsible for not leaving- like I somehow now deserve whatever is coming. Again, I have a pet, a family, and work. There is very little gas, and only one way out of Florida.

Please be mindful of my decision, and please know I’ve taken every precaution I could. All that’s left to do now is wait it out, and hope for the best.

I hope to get back to regular blogging as soon as possible!

I thank everyone in advance for their thoughts, and in return, I send pixie dust to everyone affected so far by Irma and Harvey.

What do you do to prepare for a natural disaster?

Hugs and Fishes,


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14 thoughts on “Preparing for Hurricane Irma

  1. Stay safe!! Thinking of you and all Floridians. I have a lot of family in Florida, south Florida and around Orlando. You’re right – people don’t understand that evacuation at this point is not possible. Flights and gas are astronomically priced at this point, if you can even find any. I wish the best for you and everyone in the path of this monster storm. Sending pixie dust your way!!

  2. I always bitch about living in England and long to be in Florida but times like this make me realise how lucky I am. Sending lots of love to you and your family. Stay safe x

  3. I live in the UK and I am following Hurricane Irma on the news. It is so surreal to me, we don’t get anything like this in the UK. I can’t imagine having to make that decision to leave or stay.. and the worry of protecting family etc. Also, how do you deal with the aftermath. I may complain about where I live most of the time but we sure are lucky to never have to really deal with natural disasters. Stay safe!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    1. It’s really surreal for us too, and we’re used to hurricanes! I’m nervous about different everything may be in 48 hours. So many difficult decisions… what to take, what not to take…but yeah, I definitely wish I was in England right now! Thanks for the lovely comment! 💕

  4. Yeah, since this hurricane is wider than Florida, no matter where it lands, we’re all gonna get affected.

    And yeah, people don’t understand the logistics of how long and impossible it is to evacuate everybody; there’s only so much one can do before the roads get gridlocked and the gas gets down.

    Praying that God protects us all! And I’m glad you got out of your apartment into a more solid home for now.

    1. Thank you so much- stay tuned for my blog coming up of what riding out the storm was actually like! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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