Hurricane Irene brought up an issue that occurs during every hurricane in which calls for evacuations are made. State governors issue evacuation orders but it is ultimately up to us to decide if we are going to follow those orders. Those who choose to stay do so at their own peril and are told no rescue attempts will be made until after the storm passes. Spouses and significant others often disagree on whether to obey these orders. Do you have personal experience of couples fighting about this and if so how was it resolved?
There hasn't been such a situation between my husband and I - only because we both have had individual experience in that decision making process. We both had lived in Florida for many years before we got together.
Knowing your surroundings, evac zone, sea level, does it flood when it simply rains outside, large looming trees surround your home, you cross a bridge to get to your home, your within 5 miles of the shore line or are close to a river or sound that connects to the ocean, you live in a mobile home. Things like that help in making the decision to stay or leave fairly easy. The construction and age of a home could be important. Do you have supplies on hand to sustain you for a week, (without electicity)?
We have a house generator and are prepared to stay, unless the cat is projected to be a 4 or 5. No brainer there, (remember Andrew 1992?).
Yes I remember seeing photos of Homestead, FL after hurricane Andrew destroyed the town even though I lived in NY state at that time. I believe Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana as a category 3 and it was after the New Orleans levee was breached the next day that most of the major devastation occurred.
It sounds like you and your husband are very hurricane aware and it's good that you have a plan. Your enumeration of things to consider when making a decision make sense. Those who answer yes to the things you enumerated are wise to leave in advance.
I remember vacationing in the Outer Banks years ago when a Hurricane named Bertha was projected to make landfall on Hattaras Island. We were north of Hattaras but still in the path of the hurricane. I was very aware that there was only a 1 lane highway and 1 bridge to get off off the Island and as soon as officials ordered an evacuation for Hattaras, I turned to my husband and said, "We're leaving. It's only a question of a few more hours before they order evacuations here." Hubby didn't argue and we packed our things and left to return to NY state. An evacuation was ordered for the entire Outer Banks a few hours later, but we were ahead of the massive traffic that ensued. That storm did not cause severe devastation in its wake, but I was still glad we left. Didn't want to be stuck on an island in a house on stilts a few blocks from the Atlantic ocean on one side and a bay on the other side. As you said, those factors made leaving a no-brainer.
Thanks for sharing your experiences.
by Gina Welds Hulse 19 months ago
You have 15 minutes to evacuate home before it's destroyed by a hurricane, what 5 items do you grab?The 5 items do not include people or pets.
by Brian Dooling 7 years ago
Are you prepared for a hurricane?with hurricane Irene ramping up in the Bahamas, its expected to be a serious threat to the east coast of the united States
by Cathy I 5 years ago
Should Emergency personnel risk their lives to rescue people who refused to evacuate?Hurricane Sandy, a superstorm will hit the east coast in about 5 hrs. Some people in low lying areas have refused to heed the evacuation warnings. The winds are beginning to get ferocious and some of them are...
by thebeast02 5 years ago
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...
by PhoenixV 6 years ago
What Are The Best Things To Do If You Are Stuck In A Tropical Storm Or Hurricane?What Are The Best Things To Do If You Are Stuck In A Tropical Storm Or Hurricane And You Could Not Evacuate?
by brittvan22 6 years ago
How does one blame the media, gangsta rap, horror movies, the Easter bunny, God, the devil, Hunts Ketchup, seemingly everyone, but the killer? Like it or not gangsta rap, the media, horror movies, Hell the Joker, for that matter, did not communally participaate in this heinous act, it was James...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|