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Old 08-10-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Hi -

I have some questions regarding people who suffer from claustrophobia and/or panic attacks.

I developed claustrophobia during an MRI. Since then, I have had panic attacks when I feel like I am unable to breathe (e.g., snorkeling) or unable to see outside (e.g., inside cabin on a cruise ship).

We are planning to relocate to Central Florida and was wondering how claustrophobics deal with being in homes with their windows boarded up with plywood or shutters. Just thinking about it makes me have heart palpitations.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

iuki
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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I don't have claustrophobia but I can't stand not being able to see outside. I think there are a large number of people who don't want to be boarded up inside. There are at least two ways to deal with the issue;
1) lexan clear hurricane panels or
2) high impact glass.
Neither option is cheap. I decided to go with the Lexan which ran about $10 a square ft plus installation. I did the install so just blood sweat and tears.
My mother-in-law keeps the Lexan panels up on the front of her house year round.

Whenever using hurricane panels make sure you have a way out of the house and that everyone in the house knows the evacuation route. People can get disoriented in an emergency and forget that all the doors and window have panels and the only way out is through the garage.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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Funny you mention that. I don't get panic attacks but I refuse to snorkel and I don't even like a sheet completely covering me in bed. I sit in my living room with the patio verticals OPEN all night when I'm up because the room doesn't have a window and I can't stand the feeling of being in a "box". It's a new construction to save energy but I rent, I'd never buy a house without alot of windows.

Anyway, no way am I staying in the house during a storm. You can go to a hotel OR drive up real quick to Georgia. Georgia is my plan, it's not far, and you get enough notice. I also live with two small birds who's entire metabolism revolves around natural daylight and I'd never do that to them.

Some builders here offer new homes with a "safe room" during hurricanes. OMG I could NEVER go in one. Besides the feeling, who wants to be stuck in there, what if the house collapses around you or something? LOL

Nope, it's Georgia for me....
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Funny you mention that. I don't get panic attacks but I refuse to snorkel and I don't even like a sheet completely covering me in bed. I sit in my living room with the patio verticals OPEN all night when I'm up because the room doesn't have a window and I can't stand the feeling of being in a "box". It's a new construction to save energy but I rent, I'd never buy a house without alot of windows.

Anyway, no way am I staying in the house during a storm. You can go to a hotel OR drive up real quick to Georgia. Georgia is my plan, it's not far, and you get enough notice. I also live with two small birds who's entire metabolism revolves around natural daylight and I'd never do that to them.

Some builders here offer new homes with a "safe room" during hurricanes. OMG I could NEVER go in one. Besides the feeling, who wants to be stuck in there, what if the house collapses around you or something? LOL

Nope, it's Georgia for me....
To runswithscissors:


Good idea! If we move to Jacksonville, we'll be real close to Georgia. We are still tossed between Oviedo and Jacksonville.

I agree with you, there is NO WAY I'd go into a "safe room".


To FL BOB:

Thanks for your response. Your suggestion regarding an evacuation route is very much appreciated. We will check into both hurricane window products. Again, thanks.


iuki
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Well our house was built in the early 70's and has only 3 windows directly on the outside.
the others are all under overhangs....two sets of sliding glass doors are on the patio which has a roof over it and the front window are in an alcove.
We do have some windows on the back side but they set in about 6 inches.
One the 3 vulnerable ones, we figure what the hay, they need replaced anyway so we don't board them.....ok ok we're not that brave, we do tack down the curtains to minimize and damage from flying glass.
So these are the only windows covered.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I prefer to put up the shutters and start the generator, then go online as long as the internet keeps working. Once in a while I looked at the cameras to see what's going on outside. It's too exciting to sleep through and I am ready with the Bobcat to get right to cleaning up!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I prefer to put up the shutters and start the generator, then go online as long as the internet keeps working. Once in a while I looked at the cameras to see what's going on outside. It's too exciting to sleep through and I am ready with the Bobcat to get right to cleaning up!
Always good to hear from those who make lemonade when given lemons.

iuki
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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One word: booze. Drink it.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Mary
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I have anxiety and panic attacks as well. i can honestly say, i am more anxious if i am not at my home. i have made a beautiful and serene home for myself, and how i have coped with them is by lighting some yankee candles, getting into comfy PJ's, and be with my family. I like the central Fl area because we are in the middle of the coasts too. i have never had a panic attack during a storm, and believe me, i quite prone! i know the boarded up windows (aren't all the time), and only temporary. As they say, the storm shall pass, and i remind myself that when i lived up north, i was inside all the time during the snow storms. i hope that helps! you're not alone!
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Some friends & a couple hundred pounds of junk food with so so many gallons of tea and coffee and you have a real party going. No time to worry. Forget the booze. Stay sober. Your life may depend on being sober and making sound judgments. Preparation and attention to what is happening is rule number one. I stay awake and watch until I get sleepy and then let the howling wind sing me to sleep. Hope you find this encouraging.
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