What happened in the Philippines should remind us that when a storm is approaching and evacuation orders are issued, it's time to leave the area.
We been fortunate to not have a major storm impact our region in many years. However, it's not a question of if, but when we get hit again. And although the strength of our buildings and infrastructure are different than those in the Philippines, when we do get hit with a major storm we will experience significant destruction here as well.
Many people look the option of leaving their home as an unnecessary inconvenience. They would prefer to ride out the storm. However, when a hurricane evacuation is ordered leaving your home should be the only option.