Our city's website is requesting people not return until Monday, and to be prepared to spend a few days without power. So as of right now, it looks like that'll probably be when we head back (along with the million other people who evacuated, should be fun...). I'm anxious to know what the house looks like. At the same time, I don't want to know. It still feels so surreal, especially since we're so far away from it right now, and just are following the story on TV. Weird.
To answer Mimi's questions:
What did you pack in your car? Our kids, a couple of suitcases with clothes, a couple cases of water, a cooler with food, our car DVD player, some movies, diapers and wipes for the baby, pillows and small blankets, and a first aid kit
The hard drives? the external hard drive that has everything backed up on it, and the laptop
valuables? camcorder and camera, our fireproof portable safe with all of our important documents (birth certificates, ss cards, passports, etc.), house papers and insurance papers
How did your car look like? pretty much like we're going on a vacation
We did try to secure some stuff inside the house. I took some pictures off the walls and wrapped them up in plastic bags and put them up in the closet. We also moved a box with photo albums and the computer upstairs in a closet. We moved the furniture away from the windows. We'll see if any of that did any good. We certainly had to learn our lesson in hurricane preparedness quickly...