I guess the adrenaline started and my heart was going too fast to just go back to sleep. I got up and went into the computer room to google the info and went into a panic attack when I read about the possible upcoming tsunami and the evacuations planned for Ewa Beach..where I live.
I glanced at the clock- 5:45am. Fifteen minutes before alarms started sounding to evacuate. I couldn't get on the website to see if ours was definitely an area to evacuate. The site was down.
I ran in and got Nick up in a panic. Brushed my teeth and started grabbing things I needed, all the time worrying about driving to a shelter with the dog. I had the crazy moment that I've thought about before where you decide what is the most important to you that you can grab. The dog was a given. I got her food, cleaned out our canned food and boxes of food, dog food, and started grabbing clean clothes, underwear, toiletries.
A bit after we started loading the car up, Nick was able to get through the the evacuation site and looked up our area. Fortunately we're about 1-2 miles away from the evacuation zone. I've never been so thankful to not live close to the beach.
We both got showers while we still could- a few minutes ago they announced we're now conserving water because the sewage plants may not be able to be emptied for a while.
Nick went to the liquor store yesterday so we have beer and champagne. We loaded up empty containers with water (and our bathtubs too), put aside food, and have batteries and my laptop charging. We'll have to unplug stuff soon due to possible electric surges.
It's crazy that all this just happened with no warning. It's weird to think that we're not in a place where we can drive away from all disaster. Like Florida when there's a hurricane.
We're sitting tight at the moment, drinking mimosas (why not?) and switching back and forth between the news and Independence Day..ironically.
About a half hour to go until something happens on the big Island of Hawaii. Anything else that will happen here will happen about a half hour after that.
Thanks all for your texts and Twitter messages. We're staying safe and dry.
Our thoughts are with all the people in Chile, the big island, and all the evac areas. Hopefully this won't be as bad as they think.