As Hurricane Irma gathered strength on Tuesday, escalating to a Category 5 storm, with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour (the benchmark for a Category 5 is 157 mph), Governor Rick Scott of Florida declared a state of emergency for all of Florida and issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Florida Keys, effective immediately. The evacuation order applies to everyone—tourists and residents alike. Irma is expected to reach the Sunshine State this weekend, and projections still show the Keys in her direct path. Governor Scott has also asked the White House to declare a federal “pre-landfall” state of emergency to help marshal resources and personnel to facilitate the evacuation.
The Safety Risks Tied to Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Though many people worry about the high winds associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, studies show that the most dangerous aspect of a hurricane is the inland flooding that comes in its wake. In fact, one major study showed that, of the more than 600 people who perished in hurricanes and other tropical storms over a 20-year-period, approximately six of every ten drowned or were killed in flood-related incidents, including one in four who died when the motor vehicles they were in got caught in the floods.
Irma Expected to Be Strongest in a Decade
Most weather experts say the Irma is shaping up to be one of the most powerful tropical storms in the last 10 years. Governor Scott has indicated that more than 7,000 National Guard personnel will be mobilized by Friday, with more called to duty over the weekend. Estimates are that as many as 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks and 100 helicopters will be available to assist with the evacuation and any necessary rescues. Most schools and colleges have already closed for the week.
In addition, the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been postponed to Week 11 of the season. Evacuation orders have not yet been issued for Miami-Dade, but Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has indicated that evacuation orders could be imminent, based on projections of where Irma will travel.
A Bus Can Be Your Best Bet in an Evacuation
With the massive numbers of people leaving the area, the roads will be jammed, and the simple fact that Florida has few highways heading north will only exacerbate the problem. You’ll be under enough stress, worried about your home and about how to get to a safe place. On a bus, you can relax, leaving the driving and navigation to one of our experienced professionals. Studies indicate that no other mode of transportation provides the level of safety that you’ll find on a charter bus.
Furthermore, it’s not just about getting hurt in an accident. Every accident slows down the evacuation, and time is of the essence. It’s critical, then, to ensure the safety of all, that there be fewer vehicles on the road and fewer accidents. With a charter bus, you can put as many as 50 of your friends and family on the same vehicle, dramatically reducing the traffic jam.
Taking a bus out is also better for the environment, as a charter bus will have less impact on the planet than a hybrid vehicle. Weather scientists are almost unanimous in their assessment that the ever increasing incidences of ever-more-powerful storms, like Irma, is a direct result of global warming. With a charter bus, you can make a small contribution to reducing that impact.
A Bus Can Also Be the Best Way to Get Back Home
When Irma has passed through or dissipated, and it’s time to return home, there will still be significant safety concerns, such as flooding. If you’re in your own vehicle, you may find it difficult to get accurate and timely information about where you can safely drive. With a charter bus, you can rest assured that the driver has detailed information about where the flood waters are still across the roads and where you can safely travel.
In addition, traveling by charter bus will likely be far less costly than taking your own vehicle. Instead of taking all the costs on yourself, you’ll be able to share expenses with everyone else on the bus. Also, you may find it difficult to maintain your own vehicle in the aftermath of the hurricane. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some motorists had to pay as much as $10 for a gallon of gas (if they could find gas at all). The roadways can also be strewn with debris, which can put you at risk for a flat tire or other mishap.
Book Your Charter Bus Today
The sooner you book your charter bus, the sooner you’ll have peace of mind. You can make your reservation online, the fast and easy way. Call 1-888-502-3458 or visit BusRental.com to reserve your vehicle or to learn about any discounts. Let us help.