Hurricane Prep and Stay/Go Decisions

Hey Jeff. Hope tropical storm Ian fizzles leaving you, family, friends and your homes unharmed. Hope you don’t have to put all your planning to the test! But once the storm passes I’d be interested in hearing about your thought process and triggers for either staying or going as well as how all the other people in your area reacted to the approaching storm.

Good luck!

TJ

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    Hey Jeff. Hope tropical storm Ian fizzles leaving you, family, friends and your homes unharmed. Hope you don’t have to put all your planning to the test! But once the storm passes I’d be interested in hearing about your thought process and triggers for either staying or going as well as how all the other people in your area reacted to the approaching storm.

    Good luck!

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    Hey TJ – I think Jeff was actually slated to be out of town at a conference this week, but your post actually brings up a great point. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be retired, how does your emergency response plan change when you’re not together as a family unit when the ball drops? What if official mandates (I believe the Tampa airport is ceasing operations at 5:00p on Tuesday 9/27/2022 in preparation for Ian’s projected arrival) preclude your ability to return to the immediate area of your family pre or post emergency? Anyone else have a similar experience or ideas on related topic they’d like to share? In any event, I’m sure Jeff will appreciate your kind expression of best wishes. Thought I’d chime in just in case he’s understandably a bit slow responding to your post. I’m adding to prayers that everyone in the path of this storm proactively remains unharmed with minimal damage to things that can be replaced.

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    Hi David, thanks for that info. I agree that not being with the rest of our family when things go wrong is an important topic. It is a prime concern of mine. Now that I’m back on my feet again I’m also back to working out of town for a week or two per month. I drive to my work areas so don’t have to rely on the airlines to get me home but can still be anywhere from 2 to 6 hours away if a sudden emergency came up.

    The one advantage I have is that I know my neighbors well and can trust them to keep an eye on my family till I can get home.

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      When I was working, I was (at least) 35 miles away from home every day (not to mention being on the other side of the world – but that’s a different story). Told my family to expect me no sooner than 3 days after any serious event, and if home conditions warranted – for them to move out without me to our pre-determined secondary location. I don’t envy folks still having to make long commutes away from family, even if it’s by ground transportation. In my opinion, the EMP Shield device for vehicles is a major game changer in related emergency planning scenarios. I know you’re continuing to apply brain leverage to any problems you might face. Nice to hear that you’re on the mend physically. Continued best wishes in all aspects of your life my friend!

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    Hey there TJ! Thanks SO much for checking on me and my family! I really appreciate that man! We’ve been monitoring the storm pretty much hourly since it started turning our way. A few days ago, it looked like Ian had it’s crosshairs on the headboard of my bed! Like literally! 🙂 But as of yesterday, it started to turn further south and as of this morning, it looks like we’re going to do just fine. That being said, I follow my own advice and my schmoops, Melissa, and I have been in California for the entire duration. Preps have been made to the house, but not as many as I’d have liked. I haven’t been too worried about damage because it’s all just “stuff” to me, and I’m more concerned about our family. And on THAT note… well… our family is learning a LOT from this experience! At least everyone will be safe now that the storm has passed, but we’re all gonna have long talk when I get back this weekend. I’ll be doing a podcast episode on “lessons learned” to provide some more insight. Thanks again TJ! It really means a lot man! 🙂

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    Glad to hear that the storm is sliding by you Jeff! Looks like the people directly in its path are getting pummeled. There are likely to be a lot of painfully learned lessons to draw from this event.

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