Quote from papawjohn
I've been all over this line of reasoning since I live on the Gulf too. (TampaBay) My advice: RUN like H***.
I was talking about this at work last nite. "I'd be in Georgia", I said. (My youngest sister lives in Atlanta.) "Gosh", somebody said, "I'd get fired and how would I pay my rent?"
"Rent on WHAT?" I asked.
Get out of there. The Hosp should be doing the same.
Look: A Cat 4 or 5 hurricane is equivalent to a HIROSHIMA BOMB. What would you do if you had 12hrs warning of an ATOM BOMB going off near your hospital. Let that give you a clue.
Yes my home will most likely be severely damaged and probably unlivable as well as it is only 4 blocks in.
As far as safety goes, the reason that they are keeping us here is because they are afraid that they won't be able to get people in to work after the storm. That tells me that it will be a long time before any relief will come.
The hospital has never seen a cat. 4 or 5 storm so how safe it is to stay here is unknown.
My only family down here is my partner who also is an employee but was released yesterday and deemed non-essential.
He refuses to leave without me.
I didn't mind staying in the first place because I just thought that it would be common sense that any hospital that sits almost right on the water should get evacuated-employees and all if it got to a cat 4 or 5.
If this were only a 1 or 2, maybe even 3, I wouldn't mind being here for the community.
But I just can't believe that they are putting us all in danger to take care of those who refused to evacuate.
BTW, this isn't like New Orleans. Eveyone was offered free bus transportation to inland shelters so there is no "can't-afford-to-leave" excuse.
I just don't see what kind of medical care we can offer to anyone after the storm with the type of weather that is predicted here.