I'm breaking my own rule and posting this in multiple places. That's how annoyed I am by people on the news saying they're not going to leave even if they're in a Hurricane Irene evacuation zone:

Dear people who've never been in a hurricane before,

Mandatory evacuations aren't just for your immediate safety during the hurricane. Those zones are the most likely to flood massively, get power knocked out, have impassable roads, and/or suffer structural damage. If you don't leave you might be fine during the storm itself, but you're going to suffer the most after because you're in the hardest area to reach for rescues and service repairs. And come on, if you're without water or power for a week or more you're going to be majorly pissed off even though you were told to leave. So just board up your windows and get to a non-evacuation zone, so that clean up and repair crews can concentrate on restoring services to the majority of the population instead of spending valuable time and resources trying to help you out of a situation you needn't find yourself in in the first place.

I know it's a pain, but if my parents could do it roughly twice a year for 15 years with 2 kids, a dog, and a grandfather, you can too.

K? Thanks. --A Former South Floridian´╗┐
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