I am typing this three days before Irma hits, so things may change but at this point, we are planning on staying. I know your first reaction is, WHAT?!?!?! That was always my first reaction to anyone who stayed in a hurricane before I actually live in a hurricane area. Being from tornado ally, I always thought, "wow, wouldn't a warning be nice, why wouldn't you take them up on the chance to go?"
Funny how my #365postive posts come back and bite me in the butt. This one was last Saturday. Last year when Matthew hit (click here for that) we had just opened our shop. That was easy to leave, we were not established and people still didn't know we were open. This time, it is totally different.
We have been open for a year. People expect a glass shop to be open as soon as the storm passes. We are planning staying for our customers. People want their house sealed up quickly. Look at the cone of uncertainty. Where would we really go? To be out of the cone would be seven hour drive on a normal day. With ALL of the traffic leaving south Florida it would take around twenty hours. Then not to mention getting back.
We spent last weekend getting items to be prepared. School was canceled on Wednesday until further notice. After Houston recently and Matthew last year, people really are not taking anything for granted.
One thing I love about hurricane prep is the spirit of everyone. Yes, you get your occasional crazy, but for the most part everyone is ready to give anyone a helping hand. We are all in the same boat. Hurricane prep, for the most part, really brings out the best in people. Everywhere you go everyone asks if you are going or staying, and when you finish the conversation it is finished with stay safe.
Below was the line about five miles long to get ten sand bags Wednesday. The traffic was crazy, the line wrapped around our school. Honestly though, most people were in a good mood. I was out in the middle of the road directing traffic, so if they were going to yell at someone it would have been me.
For fellow tornado alley people, this made me feel a little better about staying. A cat 5 is an f2/f3. I know tornadoes are a lot quicker but hey anything to help ease the nerves.
This year prep and my mental preparedness has been so much better. I have not totally freaked out yet. I saw a video of it hitting the Virgin Islands and heard all the sounds and it got me a little scared.
I have three people I really trust. If they say go we will go, but at this point they all say stay.
I can give you some tips from your friends that are here.
I saw these posted somewhere else and copied them.
1. Support their decision, they have researched it, and feel it is best for them. If it is the wrong decision, it is not the right time for, "told you so."
2. Please don't whine about missing your vacation, they are really sorry that you are not getting to come to our beautiful state for rest and relaxing, but you still have a home, you are not preparing for all the what ifs.
3. If you think of something they need, just do it. Don't ask, don't put one more thing on their plate, their minds are already overloaded. Preparing for a hurricane is very expensive, stressful, and time consuming.
4. If you offer something, make sure you have it to offer before you offer. If you say you have something covered, it is checked off in their mind.