If you live on the Eastern Coast of the United States and are in the path of Hurricane Irene, I hope that you will take the necessary precautions and evacuate if you are told or advised to do so. Having lived through several hurricanes myself, including Katrina (2005) and Opal (1995), they are not something to ignore. If you are staying and will be effected by the hurricane, please make sure that you are well stocked on water and other emergency supplies. Please be careful and keep well informed. All those in the path of the storm will be in my thoughts and prayers.