When you live in the South you know the possibility is always there for a Cat 5 to come barreling your way. Florida got luck so far...I feel horrible for thinking that way, but I am human and we got hit pretty bad last year. But Katrina is something that no one should have to deal with (another storm names after a friend out to do serious damage), I can remember Andrew and the nightmare it created afterwards.
When a hurricane is heading towards you and you are in evac area it is best to leave. To stay is stupid, you can replace belongings you can't replace your life.
By Tuesday, we will know what is needed and what needs to be done. Please give monetary donates to the RedCross and to the relief agencies, while food and clothing are often welcome. Cash is easier to get to the right areas and they often know what the people hurt by this storm really need.