Everybody here *in Southern Louisiana* is scared witless over Gustav.Everybody here that stayed during Rita which also includes us *which is the hurricane that affected my area* I think has a touch of post traumatic stress,so everybody is really upset and freaked out over Gustav.
The worst part is we all kind of feel like the news is terrorizing us a bit.I can totally understand they have to scare everyone a bit because of allot of people not leaving during Katrina and also Rita.
It’s only a category 1 storm right now.But the officials and the news ect don’t really know what is going on with it yet.It’s not even near us all yet,but they keep telling us we WILL have to evacuate soon,then they turn around and say well IF it’s bad you will have to but we don’t know what is going on.
It’s making people prepare which again is good,but they are making people go a bit beyond preparing and everybody is panicking.
Pretty much all the gas stations where I live were out of gas by nightfall,there was also no water at Wal-Mart and I’m sure there were out of allot of other hurricane supplies.
We booked a hotel in Northern Louisiana for Sunday Aug 31st until whenever.Because again we have no idea if we will have to evacuate or not.Not to mention the fact if we do we will have to bring a gaggle of cats,a old pug and 2 spiders.
And if everybody evacuates and the storm passes over without much incident,people are worried about if FEMA will reimburse you.Nobody here can afford a weeks stay in a hotel that is say 100.00 a night or more because they THINK there might be a storm but aren’t sure.
I don’t think people who don’t live in areas where there is a tendency towards natural disasters realize the other implications to worrying about things like hurricanes.There is the aspect of worrying about if you will have a home to come back to,and the total twisting experience of thinking about if you have everything you will need again in case you don’t have a home to come back to.
There is something deeply disturbing about trying to sort through what family photos mean the most to you that you will bring,what religious items you can pack and bring with you,what small things you can bring to help comfort your pets because they are frightened in a strange place.
The whole situation of not knowing is really really really stressful.

~ by Ugly Shyla on August 30, 2008.

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