"Evacuistas" Allegedly Clothes-Shopping As Hurricane Approaches

Here on the East Coast, the only thing being covered on the morning and local news is the impending hurricane coming straight at us, and that certainly gets boring after a while. Trust us. So you can imagine our delight when we saw a segment on local fashion!


Only it wasn't about fashion. No, it was about how New York women were more concerned with looking stylish during the storm than bothering with an emergency kit or stocking up on dry goods. We'd like to point out that they were conducting the interviews in SoHo's shopping mecca. So, okay: it's fine that you interviewed women as they were in and around shops, but it's not okay to imply that the entire city's lady-population is more concerned with being an "Evacuista" than protecting themselves from potential danger. (This girl bought all of her food and emergency supplies — and a few bottles of wine — last night.) And one more thing: can we all agree to never utter the word "Evacuista" again?

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So here's my question - I live in Virginia - you might know us as the "earthquake state" - we're also due to get Irene - no one's told us to evacuate. Which is good because..... where to? Do people have "evacuation homes" the same way that they have vacation homes? Or are they just lucky to have friends/family who live close enough to be a safe harbor while not having to evacuate as well. Or lucky enough to afford several nights in a hotel room while they're still paying rent on an apartment that's now got a skylight where the ceiling used to be?