Well hello hurricane season, you sure have given the United States and surrounding areas a run for our money. If you remember, I wrote a post almost one year ago about the word “evacu-shaming.” I had so many views of that post and so much traffic to my site, that my blog crashed. I fear that some of my readers took it with the wrong and that I was trying to sway people to stay, which is not the case. I want to clarify that this was written under completely different circumstances. Hurricane Matthew bounced around between lower categories and was not a direct hit here in Charleston. What I’m saying now extends to anyone in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Following the devastation in Texas and Louisiana, I feel it is important to put out a few things to think about, but in no way am I shaming or “judging” you for your decision to stay or go.
Hurricane Irma is a monster. A category 5 hurricane that is going to create devastation to those in her path. A path that is up in the air but starting to get closer and closer to the United States. Please, please, please listen to your emergency management divisions and use their words to make a decision for your family. If there is a mandatory evacuation, please go. However, I will not judge you for staying, I will pray for your safety. Staying in her path puts many lives at risk, including those there to help you, however I feel if you do stay, you will have a solid reason and we just need to lend a helping hand.
Pray for our emergency workers, military, and anyone with an emergency plan at work that will be forced to stay as most of their families evacuate and head for higher ground. They will put their lives in danger to stay and save those who are stuck or stayed for many unknown reasons. Also, for the volunteers that come in afterwards, they are our heroes as well. I know many hospital workers who have to stay, as part of team A, they are required to show up and hunker down during the storm. Then anxiously await team for B to return and provide relief.
I believe you will see good hearted Hugo, Donna, Andrew, & Ivan survivors desperately urging you to go, and it’s important to hear them out. They have experience with what a very large hurricane can do. This is no joke and many lives are in danger.
With all of that being said, go over and read the post about “evacu-shaming” from last year but PLEASE understand I am in NO way trying to urge folks to stay. I am simply asking neighbors to give a loving hand, with an open mind, and help your neighbors who are likely just as anxious as you. Help those families with emergency workers as they prepare to leave loved ones behind. Many are already being called in to prepare, so make sure their loved ones have all they need. Check on the elderly, do they have a plan or loved ones? Seek out new moms and help them get supplies. Have pets? Include them in your plan. Help with getting supplies and medication refills for those. There are many days to prepare without panic to help make sure your community is ready. Head over to my post on “kindness over chaos” to read about ways to show you care during turbulent times.
If you need ideas of where to get reliable forecasts go to the NOAA National Hurricane Center. Also, follow your state’s emergency management division. You can sign up for alerts.
Love you all and praying for safety and wisdom in this trying time for so many in the Southeast and surrounding islands.