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Hurricane Gustav ...

Can I just say that evacuating sucks.

The house I am staying in had 6 feet of water in it after Katrina so I am taking that as "worst case scenario." In preparation for that I am attempting to move all my "valuable" items upstairs. Can you imagine what it would be like if someone told you that everything might be wiped out on your first floor of you house and you have 12 hours to prepare ... what are you going to save? There is a lot I am not even attempting to move. Mostly because in doing so there is part of me that screams that it makes it more real - more likely. I know it is silly ... but there it is.

In the end I have pulled several of my more valuable pieces of jewelry, artwork from my trips, photo albums, cameras, and computer hard drives with me. I think I am also going to take a full suit case of clothing. Beyond that I really don't know ...

Hope for the best I guess!

Well, now I need to take apart my computer to pack it away. *sigh*


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Aug. 31st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I have occasionally thought about such things, yes. I grew up in a household where my parents really, truly believed that "The Crash" was not only coming, but immanent. To this day, I feel guilty because I don't have an emergency "grab and go, ask no questions" bag set up and ready to go.
Aug. 31st, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
We had a flood in our apartment 20 years ago. We spent all night taking apart bookshelves and carrying them upstairs, with all the stuff we could haul. The next day I had to wade waste deep through flood water to go to work, because they would have docked me as I was not sick.
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
I just saw mayor Nagin's statement about the mandatory evacuation. I hope you're already on your way back to North Carolina, or something.
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Sending prayers for your safety!
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm praying for everyone still in the area. My aunt's home is on the Westbank. They were on the safe side and only got a lot of wind damage from Katrina, whereas our house which was in Slidell was flooded out.

It's a horrible worst case scenario feeling. I can relate to just how you feel, because I felt the same way before Katrina, even when everyone ignored my warning that we should take as much as our cars could hold. Take as much as you can, that you really truly value. I'd also pack as much extra clothing as you can, so you have something to your name if it does turn into a worst case situation. At least you won't lose all your clothing like we did.

The higher you can get things, the better. If you can fit stuff higher into closets on your second story, they'll probably be safer there. A combination of stacking as high as I could and putting things in closets in bins helped save a few items which were stone or glass and whatnot, that couldn't be ruined by the water. I'd also suggest closing all your doors between your rooms if you can. I think it helped lessen the damage, and if nothing else it did keep a lot from floating hopelessly between rooms in our house, which made it a little easier to find a few items in all the debris and mess.

Hopefully everything I mentioned won't even be an issue, and the storm will go somewhere else and not be as bad as everyone is expecting. I am praying with every positive ounce I can muster within, because I don't want to see you or anyone else I know go through another storm like Katrina.

If you need someone to call and talk to, my cell is 504 289 4886.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be safe.
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I'll be thinking in your direction. Hopefully everything goes the best way possible.
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