I gotta admit, as someone who lived in Florida during Andrew and is currently living in the state during the aftermath of Irma, people like you really piss me off.
It's really easy to sit at home, far away from the aftermath of this storm and cast your judgement.
But you've never been faced with the choice to either take your dog and risk being turned away from almost every shelter as they quickly filled up, or stay in your shanty of a mobile home and risk dying yourself.
Pardon me, but how would U know?
During the years that i spent in Tidewater, VA - June 1998 to July 2012 - i went thru
- 3 hurricanes
- 7 nor'easters
- & was flooded out of my Norfolk apt 3 times in 4 years.
Every time BUT ONE - the 1st hurricane, Bonnie, when i lived in Va Beach in a shared 2-bdrm apt with my mother - I evacuated WITH MY PETS to a safe place.
That 1st time, my mother insisted we "stay in place" because she was afraid our place would be looted. Bonnie was a Cat-1 - so much against my wishes, I agreed to stay with her. // She was bored, & went to bed at 9-PM after worrying all day; at 3-AM, i was in the bathroom, the only windowless
room in the apt, with my dog & my snake... watching the water in the dog's bowl tilt as the building was shoved sideways by the winds, & listening to stuff smash outside.
At 7-AM, my mother got up, & announced, "that wasn't so bad." [She was profoundly deaf, & didn't hear things smashing into the building, breaking outside, or falling. I had.]
I told her to look outside. "Oh, my!..."
Bonnie did $9-million in damage to Va Beach CITY INFRASTRUCTURE - not counting any private property.
We had no electricity for 3-weeks
after the storm, except emergency power via ONE outlet; the refrigerator took up one receptacle, & we used the other for the coffeemaker, toaster oven, microwave, or a 15-watt Ott floor-lamp that my mother had criticized me for buying - which at night, was our only light-source, in the living room.
U had to use flashlights in the bathroom or bedrooms.
I told her that her next hurricane, if she stayed, she'd be solo. // As it was, she evac'ed with my elder sister, BiL, & nephew to upland N Carolina, each time; I evacuated myself, & my pets - without a car, & working full-time for just $8 to 8.80 per hour, over the 6-years that i worked in the main dining-room at Westminster-Canterbury on the Bay.
So actually - been there, done that. // I didn't leave my Akita tied to a tree, or chained to a curbside traffic-sign. I didn't leave my salmon bellied snake, my corn-snake, my leucistic Texas rat-snake, or my box-turtles behind, to "take care of themselves". Nor did i dump them outdoors.
Currently, I'm thrilled that i no longer live in Ye Olde Dominion, & am now in Massachusetts - where both the politics & the climate suit me much, much better. :thumbsup: