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Unique Experience-LiveIamA Tampa resident riding out Irma at a shelter. AMA!

Sep 10th 2017 by pwniess • 23 Questions • 499 Points

This morning my family (parents and siblings) and I left our home for a high school shelter down the road.

Not sure what decent proof would be. Here's a view from the desk I'll be sitting at all night long.

https://imgur.com/a/YXlov

Edit: Because power is out now, I'll be answering questions in spurts to try and save battery since no one knows when it will come back on.

Q:

Isn't it ironic? When there are classes in school, you stay home for homeschool. When school is out because of storm, you finally go to school.

A:

I've been cracking up about it all night lol


Q:

Bored yet?

Any queasy nostalgia and desire to run, screaming, hurricane be damned?

Any pleasant memories surfacing in your brain?

Not sure I'd want to bunker down in a school.

A:

I've never been this bored in my life.

Nah I'm pretty chill.

Just really excited to get the hell out of here tomorrow (hopefully).


Q:

So much for my bad live-action horror movie - everyone's trapped in there for a couple weeks and goes nuts and stuff.

Damn, damn, damn!

They've got a chalkboard. Write dirty limericks on it. Fish through the teacher's desk, see if they have a pint of whiskey sitting in there - or a dildo - exciting!

Explore elsewhere, if you can, acting professional - find out their secrets. :p

Gotta be some damnable amusement to be had whilst being unexpectedly trapped in a school.

A:

Hahahaha now that sounds fun! I don't think my parents would be too pleased with me though lol


Q:

Make some friends your age. And then make a movie or something

A:

Is that how 25 year olds make friends? I really suck at it lol.


Q:

It's hard for any adult, but really, you're in a great situation to make friends IF you're stranded with some cool people you'd like to be friends with. Likely everyone is as bored as you are, so it's the ideal time to strike up a conversation.

ETA: Just you know, read social cues. Some people may be too stressed out and not want to interact with others.

A:

I'm almost the youngest one in this room so not a whole lot of opportunity unfortunately lol


Q:

You can probably find some board games. Schools always have games for when there's a rainy day. Some games are simple but they pass the time. Good luck. I'm in Jacksonville and we were spared. Good luck.

A:

Thanks! It's pitch black in this bitch so feeling around probably isn't a good idea. It's as if everything fun was taken from this room on purpose..


Q:

What did you have for lunch ?

A:

A piece of school pizza. It was actually pretty damn good. I never attended school because I was homeschooled as a kid and I always thought cafeteria food was bad but it was lit.


Q:

Was it a rectangle? That was the bomb when they used to serve it and I'd always get 2.

A:

It was a thicc normal slice that blew my mind. Can a big girl get another please?


Q:

Hell yeah, Big girls are da bes

A:

Oh hey there boi


Q:

I actually evacuated Tampa because I feared the shelter would be unsafe, and overstuffed.

Is there any risk to damage or flooding to that shelter now?

Is the storm really as bad as the news is showing it (I can hardly find anything for my area, everything is all city news)?

About how many people was your shelter able to fit?

Is there fear for shortage of food / water? How tight are the rations?

Was this a shelter that allowed pets? If so, how much of a burden is that for (who I'm assuming) someone who is without a pet?

Is there any fear that the world outside of the shelter is getting washed back to sea in that area? (I saw you're staying in a shelter in the Brandon area, so anywhere between shelter to home).

Before the power went off, how apparent were they making the situation outside? Did they have news being broadcasted all over, or in a specific area of the shelter? How extravagant were the stories that fellow shelter residents were spreading?

Has there been any outbursts from residents of the shelter due to any sort of rationing that may be happening, sleeping arrangements, etc? (As someone who has years of experience in customer service, I have to imagine that this is something going on in there).

Has anyone been kicked out of the shelter yet?

Sorry for all of the questions, I'm just genuinely curious, especially since I've never been in a crisis like this. Luckily I was able to evacuate, but I know not everyone has that luxury. I wish the best for you and your family, and for everyone in that shelter. Stay strong ❤️ I hope the community will bring itself through a crisis like this. Also, sorry if these questions have been answered already. And and also sorry for formatting, currently on mobile.

A:

It does not feel unsafe at all. We are not at risk of flooding because it is far from the flood zones.

There have been no alterations that I've seen or heard of. Everyone has been very nice and we all just understand that none of us want to be here but it was necessary.

No shortages of food or anything. Most people also brought their own as well. We missed dinner (came too late) and were still given food. There are water fountains for water.

Before the power went out, the weather was on dozens of TVs through the school and the employees of the school have been giving us weather updates via an intercom system.

No one has been kicked out to my knowledge. This shelter is not pet friendly but the ones that are do not house people in the same area. They have rooms for dogs, cats and other animals specifically.

I believe this shelter can hold around 700. Most of the high schools around here have the same limit.

I hope I answered everything!


Q:

What's your guys' plan if your home is uninhabitable after the storm?

A:

We don't have one. Hoping for the best.


Q:

CAN YOU HEAR ME OVER THE HOWLING WIND?

A:

NO GRANDMA


Q:

Do you have to sleep on the floor?

A:

There's not enough room for that so I'm sleeping at a desk. Most people are sleeping on the floor.


Q:

I'm at home up here in Brandon. It's getting bad, but so far is still have power and cell service.

A:

Yup it filled up around noon. We were lucky to be let in anyway.


Q:

Thank God!! And thank you kind sir.

A:

I'm not a dude but you are super welcome 😁


Q:

How is the smell?

A:

It's got that nice high school feet smell going on..


Q:

Did they check your. Immigration status?

A:

Nope, no ID or anything like that.


Q:

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A:

The shelter we're in is designed to handle a Cat 5 storm. She has weakened drastically though and is now supposed to hit Tampa only as a Cat 1.


Q:

why does power go out in the storm? is it because the power line to your specific area got damaged or does the state purposely cut power in the storm areas to reduce fire hazard?

A:

Power line damage and transformers blow.


Q:

Have you ever made any sketchy college dorm room food ? maybe you are not in a dorm, but when in college and sometimes all one has is a couple strange ingredients... odd food gets made.

Any one pot noodle surprise recipes you concocted ?

A:

I don't live in a dorm but I'm still broke and like to get freaky with my ramen recipes from time to time..


Q:

Why were you home schooled ?

A:

Because my parents love me.


Q:

I'd hate to be around my family that much.

A:

Daamn.


Q:

The storm is not that bad...have you thought about just going home ?

A:

No because the winds are over 50mph and set to reach gusts of 100 in the next few hours. Dozens of trees have fallen in my area and the police are no longer responding to 911 calls. Not worth the risk.