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!
19 hours ago