Hurricane Rita is coming at ME!

  1. Howdy. found out at work that all vacations cancelled through Tuesday and Disaster Plan in place - I have to be prepared to report for the expected external disaster on 30 min notice.

    a cat 4 Hurricane will prob still be cat 2 when it gets to us, 90 miles inland. And it's aimed right at me.

    So much for taking my kiddos to Disney World this weekend. Fortunately, Southwest Airlines let me resched my trip without extra charge. (Because the flights were in and out of Houston for this weekend).

    I'm in Bryan/College Station, one of the 3 evac points for Houston/Galveston.

    Galveston is under mandatory evac and parts of Houston will be tomorrow. There will be TONS of people here. Not to mention that they are evacuating the major teaching hospitals in Galveston and last time a tropical storm came through Houston, it flooded the medical center, much less what a full force hurricane will do.

    I imagine I'll be very busy for several days, probably starting tomorrow, with medical evacuees to my hospital.

    (I spent this morning after work gassing the car, buying water and food. You should have seen the lines at wal-mart. Already, all water, flashlights, and batteries gone! 5 deep lines at 9am on a weekday!)

    Say some prayers, we are going to need them!

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Sep 21, '05
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  3. by   donsterRN
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Howdy. found out at work that all vacations cancelled through Tuesday and Disaster Plan in place - I have to be prepared to report for the expected external disaster on 30 min notice.

    a cat 4 Hurricane will prob still be cat 2 when it gets to us, 90 miles inland. And it's aimed right at me.

    So much for taking my kiddos to Disney World this weekend. Fortunately, Southwest Airlines let me resched my trip without extra charge. (Because the flights were in and out of Houston for this weekend).

    I'm in Bryan/College Station, one of the 3 evac points for Houston/Galveston.

    Galveston is under mandatory evac and parts of Houston will be tomorrow. There will be TONS of people here. Not to mention that they are evacuating the major teaching hospitals in Galveston and last time a tropical storm came through Houston, it flooded the medical center, much less what a full force hurricane will do.

    I imagine I'll be very busy for several days, probably starting tomorrow, with medical evacuees to my hospital.

    Say some prayers, we are going to need them!

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Be safe, Tim. You'll be in my prayers.
  4. by   Mkue
    YES, BE SAFE TIMOTHY.. :angel2:
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am realllly praying for you all. Just know we do care and please do check in when you can to let us all know how you are. God be with you all.
  6. by   VickyRN
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Howdy. found out at work that all vacations cancelled through Tuesday and Disaster Plan in place - I have to be prepared to report for the expected external disaster on 30 min notice.

    a cat 4 Hurricane will prob still be cat 2 when it gets to us, 90 miles inland. And it's aimed right at me.

    So much for taking my kiddos to Disney World this weekend. Fortunately, Southwest Airlines let me resched my trip without extra charge. (Because the flights were in and out of Houston for this weekend).

    I'm in Bryan/College Station, one of the 3 evac points for Houston/Galveston.

    Galveston is under mandatory evac and parts of Houston will be tomorrow. There will be TONS of people here. Not to mention that they are evacuating the major teaching hospitals in Galveston and last time a tropical storm came through Houston, it flooded the medical center, much less what a full force hurricane will do.

    I imagine I'll be very busy for several days, probably starting tomorrow, with medical evacuees to my hospital.

    (I spent this morning after work gassing the car, buying water and food. You should have seen the lines at wal-mart. Already, all water, flashlights, and batteries gone! 5 deep lines at 9am on a weekday!)

    Say some prayers, we are going to need them!

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Sending many prayers your way
  7. by   Tweety
    Stay safe Timothy and best wishes. Keep in touch, we'd like to know how you're doing.
  8. by   rjflyn
    Just a thought but it's really got to suck to have been evacuated from NO to Houston and now they are re-evaucating you someplace else.
    As far as the hospital in Houston that flooded several years back as I recall that was due to the fact that the storm once it came in land it basicly stalled out and sat and dumped tons of rain there.

    I also recall if I am correct that that particular hospital ( Herrmann i think) had its back up power and ect in the basement and that part of the rebuilding they did was to move it to a roof or the top of a parking deck type structure. I think they did the same with other vital services that could be moved.

    Rj
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am praying that you and your family stay safe.
    We California nurses are sending help so nurses caring for evacuees can get some rest.
  10. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Well, for the time being, the storm is passing east of us which means that we won't even being the dreaded northwest quadrant. Just expecting rain and wind now.

    But. Our Metropolis of 100,000 people has swollen to about 250,000. All gas stations are out of gas, or most are.

    And getting about town was a nightmare. But. At least I'm not camped out in the Wal-mart parking lot because all the hotels/shelters are full and there is no more gas to go further north. (There are dozens of cars there and everywhere else).

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  11. by   z's playa
    How terrible. My prayers are with Texas/Louisiana.

    God bless you all.

    Z
  12. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Rita is passing almost completely east of me. So far, a few wind gusts and sprinkles are it.

    Don't take this the wrong way - but after preparing for 4 days, it seems anti-climatic.

    Fortunately, this doesn't appear to be the 'perfect storm' that it was over the gulf.

    But my Mom lives in Lufkin and the eyewall is heading right at her. So will still keep it in my prayers. She says so far just tons of rain and wind.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  13. by   donsterRN
    I'm happy that you're safe, and will be praying the same holds true for your mom. Keep us posted?
  14. by   misschelei
    I'm glad you are safe and this storm was not as bad as predicted. So were you satisfied with preparations your state made?

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