Do you chose to stay in your home or evacuate if a hurricane is headed your way?
Personally we have a unwritten rule in my home, that if the storm is a Category 3 or below, we stay. We have storm shutters, a generator, no trees nearby, and are at very low risk for flooding, so this decision is a little easier for us. I'm curious as to what many others do and if they have a similar rule or procedure. I have written a hub on this topic in the past and it got me thinking about what other people do to prepare for a storm.
I totally agree with you. It depends on the category of the storm and the strength of it when it hits. I would certainly not put my loved ones life in danger. I think it is basically common sense.
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