I now see that you are looking at the storm from a home owners point of view...
Our having been through total devistation before, My heart really goes out to you... Depending on which side hits you, and how close you're house is to the water
, It could be a very weird place to live for a few years. The waterfront, for a mile or two inland in Pensacola
sure was. Everyone living in cramped FEMA trailers for years after the storm, kinda made some people crankey! No water
, or food
for a week, (First in was the the Red Cross) and later military MREs... and little or no gasoline for 6 weeks! Most stores were closed for over a year! About 30% NEVER reopened!
Some thoughts: Modern cars are full of electronics
that are 100% ruined if the water gets above about the bumper. If you are not going to evacuate, you might find a little 20' hill, or parking garrage, to park your car/cars on? I didn't get a penny for my minivan, even though it had $500 worth of brand new tires on it! They had THOUSANDS of flooded cars already.
In Cat 1 and 2s, their is some logic in most folks "riding it out" to prevent looting later. On the other hand, as the storm gets close enough to really know... IF it is a full cat. 4, AND you get the bad side, AND the normal tides will be high. You might want to consider evacuating... I sure as hell would! And you've read what kinda crazy stuff I do.
Catagory 1s and 2s are no big deal. 3s blow roofs off, 4s knock houses DOWN! Although the MOST damage is the surge. You can't live in a house that has had 6' of water in it. Not legally. The mold
will make you sick. They have to be gutted, sprayed with Chlorox, air dried, and then new interrior walls and floors put in, along with sockets and the like.
Do all that you can, EARLY. A house is not a boat. I stayed because there WAS something that I could do to save my boat. It was not out of "dairing do machismo". During the storm, there was NONE of my land stuff that I could save, unless it was moved before hand. You can take the most irreplaceable things with you.
IF that is not your plan... Obviously, stock up with months of the things that you'll need. It is smart to put things like documents, photo
albums, the really special things... In trippled, heavy duty garbage bags, and put them inside of those large Rubbermaid bins. After tying the bags well, seal the bin's lid with LOTS of duct tape, and put your phone
# and address on each bin with magic markers. We have friends who's house was BLOWN TOTALLY AWAY in hurricane
Andrew, (A Cat. 5), that got some of their stuff back months later, from having done this.
Best of luck to you all !!!