|Lots of time sitting on I-26|
I grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and now live in western North Carolina, so evacuations have never really been a part of my life. Until last year.
Our vacation to Folly Beach last year coincided with Hurricane Matthew’s imminent arrival on the South Carolina coast. We left a few hours ahead of the mandatory evacuation. We found out on Tuesday evening that the mandatory evacuation would start late Wednesday afternoon, so made the decision to leave Wednesday morning. We got in touch with the owner of the house, did what needed to be done to close the house up, packed up our things, and left for home.
The drive home took more than twice as long as it normally does. Our average speed on the interstate was about 35 miles per hour. We saw the National Guard convoys coming in, as well as the school buses from the upstate coming to bus people out. We saw the east-bound (heading toward the coast) interstate being shut down so traffic could be reversed.
|An example of how long it took to get anywhere|
Then November came, and large parts of western North Carolina and the upstate of South Carolina burned for nearly the entire month. We had several days of really bad smoke. There was a mandatory evacuation for part of the county we live in. We never had to leave our home, but it definitely put us in the frame of mind to plan, at least a little, for what we would do in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Obviously, sometimes there’s no warning. People simply have to leave as quickly as possible. For the most part, with the fires near us, it seemed like people had at least a few hours, sometimes a day or two, before having to leave. It made us wonder. What do you take with you? What do you choose to save when you have to leave your home, not knowing if it will be there when you get to come back?
|Even Duke was ready to get home.|
So what about you? Have you ever had to leave your home as part of an evacuation? What did/would you take with you in the event of an evacuation?