Thursday, September 2, 2010

Leaving . . .

We're headed out. Or actually headed in. (Inland, that is.)

There is a mandatory evacuation of visitors to the Outer Banks in effect right now. (But not for residents.) However, Steve has been planning for several months to attend the graduation from drug/alcohol rehab of a young man in our church. He didn't want to go and leave us behind and he didn't want to cancel attending that big occasion.

So as a compromise, all of us are packing up and heading out the door. Since we don't know what things will be like when we get back, we've filled our bathtubs, have extra water, food, etc. on hand. And we're taking important papers and important "stuff" with us. (including chocolate)

So looks like we'll be watching this one on TV from afar after all.

Oh well. We'll have plenty of hurricanes to weather down the road!

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Grace said...

Safe travels! As a Virginia resident our coast is often hit by the same storms that effect you all.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're getting away from the coast! We've been through several hurricanes and it's no fun! Praying that your house will stay safe and you will have no problems when you get back home!

Gayle in AL

Anonymous said...

Have a safe inland trip! Cat 3 & 4 storms are best viewed from outside of their paths when surrounded on all sides by water! Here in CT we're still not sure to what degree we're getting hit!

Ciao!
Guerrina

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're bugging out. Better safe than sorry! Hope your home suffers no damage and that you come home to a fully functional house! :)

Stefanie in St. Louis

Karen C said...

Oh, I'm so glad you decided to move inland where you will be safe. And ... yes, chocolate is definitely an emergency food. It doesn't need to be cooked and it uplifts the spirits ... and definitely transports well. Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are heading inland, I am from Minnesota and it sounds scary to me. Did you have to board up your windows or is that just people on the oceanfront that need to do that? Hope you and your house stay safe!

Amanda J. said...

Oh good, I'm so glad you guys are going inland! I've been watching The Weather Channel off and on and kept thinking, "I hope they get out of there just in case." Have a safe trip and hope everything is fine with your home when you return!

Becca said...

We endured Rita and Ike over/down here in Southeast Texas. The best advice I could give you is to put all your refrigerated/frozen food in think garbage bags and tape them up, then put them back in. That way if electricity goes out while you aren't home, you don't come back to a nasty, stinky mess. Luckily when Rita hit, we were 20 and newly weds (oh, what a long almost 6 years ago, haha), and all we had were condiments and lunch meat in our fridge. The fridge was the apartments really, so we wouldn't have had to replace it. My husband is a youth pastor though, so we helped clean out enough disgusting fridges/freezers to last multiple lifetimes.

Rachel said...

I would suggest you put anything really valuable (including light furniture you can easily move) on your second floor too - just in case of flooding. Take care - will be thinking and praying for you all!

MaryH said...

Glad to hear you are heading out (in) (away) whichever it a good thing - I think all will be happier this way. Safe travels and I hope all is fine when you return.

becky m said...

silly question...what are you filling your tub up with and why?

lifebythecreek said...

I'm SO glad you're leaving. Unpredictable power like that is best viewed from a distance. The friends I have who chose to stay through a Cat 3 or stronger hurricane all said that they would NEVER do it again. Praying that God will shield your home from damage... Godspeed, Becky.

MN Mom said...

I am a believer in not proving how tough you are by being stupid, so am glad to hear you are heading for a safer area. Hope all goes well.

Jan said...

Glad to hear you're heading for the hills...or at least inland! Watching the hurricane on TV my not be as exciting as being there, but I'm sure it'll be a lot more comfortable! Plus, if you eat all your chocolate, you can run out for more!

Be safe, Smiths!

simplykristi said...

Glad you are heading inland. Have a safe trip!

Guerrina said...

Are you are the mainland yet? :)

Lisa said...

Praying for safe tavel mercies!

Anonymous said...

So glad you decided to all go! Hopefully when you return all will be just as you left it.

Cindy from Sonoma

Anonymous said...

Becky...I'm glad you are heading out! I was hoping you all would decide that way! Out here in Calif. we only have earthquakes!! No heading inland for those!
Jojy

Anonymous said...

Becky M....fill the tubs with water..that way, if you have no water - electricy, etc...you can use the water in the tub to flush your toilets...
Becky, glad you are headed inland to higher ground. I wish my mama was, but she is staying put...
Safe Travels and hoping you come home to no damage!
Buff

Anonymous said...

Becky M I think the reason for filling the tubs is in case there is no suitable water supply for drinking and cooking you can use the bath water (it is clean).

That is a guess though?