Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gustav Report from Louisiana

My most heartfelt thanks to those of you in blog land who have emailed me to see if I am evacuating, or if I am safe. Yes...I am safe, and no, I'm not going anywhere.

The southern part of the state is evacuating to the area where I live. The schools here have announced that they will be closed Monday through Wednesday of this week because the buses are needed to help with the evacuation from other areas of the state. As we speak, several of our local facilities are being set up as evacuation shelters.

My boss (at my real job) is in the National Guard. He was activated to duty on Friday. He has called me about 4 times (so far) today to keep me abreast of what they are doing, and what they are told to expect. I am told they anticipate the storm to hit around 2:00 Monday afternoon, but specifically where is not readily apparent. We should be okay here. I may lose Internet access as well as power. We are expecting 8 to 18 inches of rain, and winds around 60 mph...or so they tell me.

When I bought groceries this afternoon, as I always do on Saturday, I noticed that there was no more bottled water on the shelves...and people were buying batteries and canned goods in bulk. Did I buy batteries? Heck no! What WAS I thinking???? It brought back a lot of memories for me. I vividly remember Katrina and Rita, and the unbelievable destruction of everything in its path. Many of us worked at the shelters, helping in any way we could. To see the devastation of the families first-hand was a humbling experience, indeed.

Please pray for the families in harm's way. They are afraid...with good reason. They have been there before.

And again, my most sincere thanks for your concern.

Hugs to you all!


Shirley said...

Wow, Michelle. This whole thing has brought back many memories. I live in NC and worked Katrina out of Chatom AL and then car pooled across the stateline into Leaksville to meet with survivors of Katrina. I hope and pray nothing like that ever happens again in our country. The people were so rightfully devastated by the response, etc. I've been praying every day for everyone there to be safe. Good to know you and yours are safe, Michelle.

Carol said...

Thanks for the update Michelle. I thought you were out of harms way in LA, but you never know with a hurricane of this magnitude what will happen. I'm hoping and praying that this storm will not be devastating like Katrina was, but mother nature appears to be on another rampage. Stay safe Michelle, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers until this is over.

mudmaven said...

Thanks so much for keeping us posted. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. Please stay safe! ~chris

Gabriela said...

I keep checking your blog for updates and, at last, this morning you've rewarded me (us) with one. I am hoping for the best possible outcome for you and your fellow Louisianans and South Texans. Stay safe. I, as all your other readers and customers, hope to hear back from you when you are able. All the best!

Deb Neerman said...

Livin' in So. Florida, I know exactly what this storm means to those in harm's way. A storm of this magnitude is serious. Deadly serious ...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all of those who stand in Gustav's way.

Some things I've learned living in Hurricaneville: Fill the washing machine with water; you may need to drink it later!

And: Store all your important documents, insurance policies, etc. in your dishwasher. They'll stay dry and safe.

And: Get out of town;

And: Pray.

Stay safe; let us know how you've fared when you're able!

~Hugs, Deb

Elaine said...

Keep safe and I hope things won't be too devastating.

Kerry J. said...

Although it sounds like you'll be safe and sound, you're still in my prayers. Take care of yourself my friend and thanks for the anniversary wishes.