At 5:30 a.m. my county issued a mandatory evacuation for our zip code … we are supposed to evacuate by 10:00 a.m. this morning. I have gathered up our personal papers, my business papers, and Jami’s homeschool materials on our dining table. I still have to put my photo albums and negatives in a couple of plastic boxes and throw some clothes in a bag. Load up the truck and Jeep with all this, then crate up all the animals for the trek to my sister’s house. While not the ideal situation, she lives further inland than we do and with all our critters (3 dogs, 6 indoor kitties, 2 outdoor kitties) there’s not a hotel in the state that will take us. I’m just praying that later in the day they do not issue a mandatory evacuation for her zip code. I don’t think they can “make” you leave, but basically if you ignore the “mandatory” evac order, you are on your own if something catastrophic happens. They will not send anyone to help you.
I have to go for now … much to do before we leave, but your prayers are appreciated.