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Sunday, September 10, 2017

As some of you know...Ihave been at a shelter with friends and my Lily since 2am. Almost everyone here has their pet babies with them...cats, dogs, a pig :) a rabbit...the shelter is doing a good job...feeding those that want it, national guard is here as well. I think around 1,000-1,500 people here now...hundreds of thousands throughout FL.

They have tvs in rooms and most pets are in the hallway with their owners going back and forth. It is an elementary school well thought out. Most shelters are filled to capacity, but I don't think they're turning anyone away. There is a backup generator for lights and the kitchen, but not a/c.

Irma should get here around 8pm tonight, but we are already getting heavy, windy and rainy bands. There is a curfew on all roads in the county starting at 3pm.

They have told us where to go in the buildings, if a tornado warning is issued.

My Lily seems to be holding up. All the animals are stressed, as you can imagine. Lily has burrowed under a folded quilt next to my chair. It also muffled all the dog barking...but it's hard... she's not eating or drinking, or using the litter...but neither are most of the cats. I have made friends with a few other cat owners, and we take turns watching the pets while we stretc, go to the restroom or to the cafeteria, and encourage each other.

I only slept around 20 minutes last night on the floor, with Lily by my head and I expect tonight none of us will sleep when we are in the throws of the storm.

Most of you know...16 years ago I was at ground zero on 9/11. God brought me and others safely through that horrendous day...and i have faith He will do the same now. Thank you for your prayers!

Hugs,
Nancy

"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." Psalm 32:7
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  • PCOH051610
    Just reading this, in January. I had no idea you were living in Irma’s path. I’m going to read the other blogs now
    693 days ago
  • CHERI*ANN7
    Wondering how you are doing and how Lily is doing
    812 days ago
  • JANET552
    Thank you so much for the update. I'm glad you and Lily are safe and with others. I had thought about you today. You've endured a lot with 9/11 and now this. Hugs!!
    815 days ago
  • NHES220
    Unbelievable that on the anniversary of 9/11 you would be in Florida in a shelter seeking safety from a storm. Thinking of you and praying for you and Lily and that you stay safe. Hope that you are back in your home and safe soon! Know what we are all thinking of you!
    815 days ago
  • EABL81
    Thank you for keeping us updated, Nancy. I've have been thinking about you and Lily all day, and hoping that it isn't too awful at the shelter. I'm sure Lily will come through okay. When I had to travel back and forth across the country every year while in grad school, my cat Callie wouldn't eat, drink, or use the litter box the whole time that we were in the car. I was always worried about it, but it she was fine. Hang in there and stay strong - Hugs, Judy
    815 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Thanks for the update! So glad you are safe, and hope that you're not too uncomfortable; poor Lily, probably not quit sure what's going on! Saying prayers, and you're so right about God taking care of you!
    815 days ago
  • SDTOHIO
    Keep us Posted! I am hugging you!
    815 days ago
  • MARIWELL
    My thoughts are with you and Lily. I know how scary and stressful this is for you and everyone in that shelter. I'm praying for all of you to come through this safely.
    815 days ago
  • DEBBLO
    Glad to hear you are at the shelter. I'm sure it's extremely stressful. Praying you all stay safe! Unlike 9-11, you have advance warning to seek a safe haven. God bless & be safe! Keep us posted when you can.
    815 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I am so glad that they let people take their pets. I hope Lily will eat and drink soon. I will be praying for you while you go through this horrible ordeal. You know how I feel about you and Lily. emoticon
    815 days ago
  • DEBBLO
    So sorry!
    815 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2017 8:14:22 PM
  • KATRINAKAT23
    I am so happy that you were allowed to take your pet, but so sad for what you have and will emoticon go through before this is over. Stay strong and I hope you can take comfort in knowing the world is praying for yours and every ones safety.
    815 days ago
  • PANDABEAR42
    keeping you and Lily in my prayers as all who are going through hurricanes and everything else going on in this world. please stay safe and keep your girl Lily company. hope she settles in and calms down. i know it is so hard to watch our fur babies stress out as they just don't understand what is happening and i just wonder if they think we will be abandoning them. we prayed for everyone in church this morning.

    let us know when you are safe.

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    815 days ago
  • ONEGREATCAT
    Thank you for giving us an update. I can't imagine how stressful this is, not only for the people, but possibly even more so for the animals as they don't understand why all the changes in their lives.

    Our church, of course, has prayed for everyone who has been, is now, or will be in the line of Irma.
    Lean heavily on God....He will carry you through. I know you have a lot of faith Nancy.
    Hugs, hugs, and prayers......Gwen

    815 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    I wonder if you are in Ft. Meyers. My uncle and his wife are there, they are in a shelter but I don't know which one. Apparently, they didn't leave as soon as I thought, but I know they are safe now. HUGS and LOVE to you and Lily.
    815 days ago
  • WILLA2POINTOH
    Good luck to you and yours!
    815 days ago
  • CARRIEMETODAY
    Stay strong, and safe!
    816 days ago
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