In 1995 Hurricane Erin hit directly in central Florida, the school I work at is a designated hurricane shelter. Hurricane shelters in Florida will not allow animals. Not intending to leave my dog and the tortoises I have unattended, I stayed at home. The school sustained much more damage than any of the houses around where I live. Homeowners tend to take precautions whereas the shelters set up shop rapidly, and in my opinion somewhat haphazardly. Also with the amount of warnings we get yearly that amount to nothing people tend to get complacent. I'm not saying its a good idea, but its a fact.