Here we go again! Frances seems to be heading my way this trip. I sure hope it veers out to sea but the projections don't seem to predict that course. We live in a large mobile home on school property in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It is really a great place to live. My son is a police officer and by arrangement with the school board he can live on the property as a deterrent to vandalism. As we all know a mobile home is no place to be in a hurricane and we are in a wide open space. We are west of Hollywood Fl. and SW, by 10 miles, of Ft. Laud and also 10 miles from the coast, so whatever course Frances takes we will get a good portion of it. One good part is the school, Pembroke Pines Elementary, is a designated shelter but does not allow pets. I have already made arrangements for Scooter my Shih-zsu and Polly my Double Yellow (25 yr. old) Amazon Parrot with my vet to board them there thanks to your past advice when I was concerned for the safety of my babies. Either way I would never leave them! My DIL and my 17 mos. old grandson and myself will take shelter in the school but my son will remain on duty as this is SOP for all police and fire personnel. I've been thru this before and as a father I always wanted my family togeather but my son can not be with us. I do worry about him. They patrol till the wind reaches 60 mph and then return to the station for shelter. It is the time that he is out there that worries me but I was the same way. I am very proud of him. For now I am watching hurricane Frances very, very closely.