Good Luck to the East Coast

United States
October 5, 2016 4:25pm CST
I have lots of MyLot friends who live in Florida and parts north along the East Coast. I wish you all good luck with Matthew. He’s powerful and doesn’t care about you, like I do. Please be safe, pack up and leave if asked to do so. Being horribly inconvenienced is far better than the alternative. We were warned we had an elevated risk of an earthquake of a 7 magnitude or higher last weekend. It didn’t happen, but we were prepared, just in case. I made sure my car was full of fuel, my “go bag” was packed and slept with a flashlight, shoes and socks near my bed. I think you need to do more. We live under the threat of a huge earthquake, but one hasn’t happened here in hundreds or thousands of years. Yet we prepare as if we were certain one is coming. That’s because we know it is. We don’t know when, but we know it will happen. You guys get these big storms often, so perhaps you are complacent. Please don’t be. Be safe. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. What are you doing to stay safe?
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@jstory07 (55980)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Oct 16
I have never bought emergency food but I actually bought some to have in case of an emergency. You just never know what is going to happen and when.
6 people like this
• United States
6 Oct 16
I have a pantry full. I could last a long time with power. A few weeks without.
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@DianneN (54557)
• United States
5 Oct 16
I'm worried our condo will drop into the sea, but here I am, 1500 miles away. If it hits us in CT, we know the drill. Maybe that generator we had put in will pay for itself.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Oct 16
@DianneN - Hope you stay safe and your condo gets through without a problem. You don't need any other problems this year.
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@DianneN (54557)
• United States
6 Oct 16
@DeborahDiane Thank you! You are so right. The condo has withstood years of hurricanes. With my luck, it will be the only building in Florida to blow away. Lol!
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• United States
6 Oct 16
I think you are saver where you are.
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@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct 16
This would be a terrible situation to be in. We got ready to evacuate when the bushfires got close and it is inconvenient but better than the possible alternative.
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• United States
6 Oct 16
That's the smart thing to do.
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@LadyDuck (112881)
• Switzerland
6 Oct 16
You are so right, it's better to be prepared, even for something that will never come. This is the reason why we have atomic shelters in every house in Switzerland, you never know.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
No kidding. I knew you all had rifles, but not shelters.
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@LadyDuck (112881)
• Switzerland
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace We have no rifles, only those who have served for the Swiss army can have rifles, because they were trained to use them, but we all have shelters.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
@LadyDuck Isn't serving mandatory for all? Or is that out of date info?
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@Corbin5 (73848)
• United States
5 Oct 16
It seems such a variety of situations require the utmost of preparedness. Here in northern Illinois, tornadoes and blizzards require us to be at the ready for whatever comes our way due to those conditions. So pleased that you reminded those in the path of Matthew to be prepared for the worst, even if the worst does not come.
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• United States
6 Oct 16
It is absurd that some people stay home, instead of leaving. Safety first.
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@Corbin5 (73848)
• United States
6 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace I agree. Never understood why people would put themselves in harm's way.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace - I agree that it is absurd that so many people stay. We just got off the phone with a friend in Fort Lauderdale. he is convinced that his high rise is safe, so he's riding it out.
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@MALUSE (30010)
• Denmark
6 Oct 16
I like living in boring Germany without hurricanes, earthquakes or erupting volcanoes.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
I understand what you say, but I never found Germany boring. Lovely, fascinating, friendly and other positive adjectives.
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@MALUSE (30010)
• Denmark
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace That was a tongue-in-cheek remark. Boring considering natural catastrophes which is a good thing, of course.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
@MALUSE I know, but I couldn't pass up giving compliments. Loved every visit.
@celticeagle (112959)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Oct 16
They are asking 500,000 people to move inland. I am fearful of the earthquake here too. I live in Idaho and there is one in or near Yellowstone that could come anytime. I have heard that they have had some small scale ones in Washington state. I am not doing a thing to stay safe. My daughter, grandson and I would have no where to go but the shelters here in town.
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• United States
6 Oct 16
Don't fear earthquakes, but stock up your pantry, especially with bottled water. Have all the necessities, then hope you are near home if one strikes. But it may not happen in your lifetime, so don't stress.
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@celticeagle (112959)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace ........When I was married his family lived in a small farming community about 45 minutes away. There were many caves and such nearby. That was his plan for us all to meet at one of them. Doubt anyone else would think of doing that.
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@nanette64 (12334)
• Fairfield, Texas
6 Oct 16
I'm just so glad I don't live on a coastline anywhere @ElizabethWallace . One thing people in those areas need to know too is that waiting til the last second to evacuate causes all kinds of problems with traffic and being stalled for hours in a traffic jam.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
They are running out of gas too. I fill up at 1/2, always, just in case.
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@SIMPLYD (73833)
• Philippines
6 Oct 16
Please be prepared everyone there in the path of Matthew . Keep safe .
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@DeborahDiane (14953)
• Laguna Woods, California
6 Oct 16
We unintentionally rode out a hurricane while on vacation on Galveston Island one time. Since we were on vacation, we had not been watching the news. It was just a category 1 hurricane, and it was frightening. I would not wish for anyone to ride out anything stronger. Hope everyone stays safe!
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• United States
6 Oct 16
Yikes. I always check the weather. It's almost an obsession, or is it a hobby?
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace - I do check the weather, now. It is much easier with the internet!
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@LoriAMoore (8669)
• United States
6 Oct 16
Yes, wishing them all well. Will it be over by tomorrow and we'll know the full extent or does it continue into the weekend?
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• United States
7 Oct 16
It might swing around for a second whack at them. Scary.
@teenspirit (1612)
• Israel
6 Oct 16
wonderful post!
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• United States
7 Oct 16
Thank you. I have friends in Florida. Scary.
• China
6 Oct 16
It is better to take some preventive measures,though you don't know when it happens.There are always some abnormal pre-earthquake phenomena that have to take notice of,some animals are more sensitive to it than human being.
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@RitzzView (2579)
• India
7 Oct 16
Its actually good to be safe. Good to know that you even care for others for which you've written this! We, here, are safe. Hope for your and others safety as well!
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