We’re three days from landfall of Ike, with the very real potential that it could come toward Houston.
Brazoria County, due south of us, has issued a mandatory evacuation for the coast (Freeport, Surfside, etc.) and a voluntary evacuation for the rest of the county, effective at 10:00 a.m. this morning.
We’re not in danger of the storm surge on our side of Houston (southeast side is, however), but are susceptible to flooding, wind, and power outages.
I just got back from a trip to Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, and Home Depot with canned food, new camping lantern, weather radio (I have kept putting that off), full tank of gas, etc. There are no lines now–better do it now and be safe rather than wait a day or two and be stuck in long lines (remember Rita!).
Should you evacuate? Only if you live in one of the evacuation zones, and even then, only if your local government tells you to.