Quote from Blackcat99
Thanks. Yes, Florida seems to have the largest bugs I have ever seen!!!!
I'm glad to hear that Gainesville doesn't have a lot of mandatory evacuations. I sure wouldn't want to go to work if the TV is telling me to do a mandatory evacuation. However, since I'll be "new to Florida" I guess I could pretend that I didn't know that I was suppose to call my job first before evacuating?
most hospitals in florida, especially in coastal areas, have a mandatory hurricane policy.
you work A (pre and during the storm) team or B (post and after until the all clear) team. where i work, you can pick which team, as long as they are both even (ie, everyone has a relief person)... but you don't get much of a choice, you have to be there in the event of a hurricane.
i live on the beach, so we are in a mandatory evacuation zone. i spent hurricane frances, hurricane jeanne and hurricane wilma at work. being at the hospital is much safer than being at a shelter or trying to ride it out at home... and you are the only place in the area with power, water and food.
the people who didn't show for hurricane duty, either A or B team, were terminated. after the storm hits, the national guard will usually come in and patrol the roads, esp if theres enough damage where there are looters. in order to get anywhere without the risk of getting arrested, you must have a valid ID that shows you are a medical professional, firefighter, police officer, etc....
but gainesville doesn't have toooo much to worry about. the storms are usually about dead by the time they hit orlando. the only people who have mandatory evacuations are those of us like myself who live in an evacuation zone--usually within 15 miles or so from the water, i think it is.
welcome to the sunshine state.