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,