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Q&A: Storm evacuation zones, from A to E

When should I evacuate?

I live in an area that is classified as being in evacuation zone D. Do these evacuation zone ratings correspond to the hurricane categories of 1 through 5? Would I supposedly be safe in a Category 3 hurricane in an evacuation zone D?

There are two questions here that seem related, but we'll take them separately.

Yes, the evacuation zone ratings correspond to hurricane categories of 1 through 5. For a Category 1 storm (74-95 mph winds, storm surge of 5-7 feet), only Zone A (and all mobile home residents) would be required to evacuate. For Category 2 (96-110 mph winds, 7-12 foot storm surge), zones A and B would be required to evacuated; for Category 3 (111-130 mph winds, 12-15 foot storm surge), zones A, B and C would be evacuated; for Category 4 (131-155 mph winds, 15-20 foot storm surge), zones A, B, C and D would be evacuated; and for Category 5 (156+ mph winds, 20-24 foot storm surge), zones A, B, C, D and E would be evacuated.

So if you live in Zone D, you probably wouldn't be affected by a Category 3 storm surge.

But a storm's winds are a whole different story. Being on higher ground offers no protection against hurricane-force winds.

So the decision to evacuate should never be made solely on the basis of the potential storm surge. Residents have to weigh the relative ability of their homes to withstand the expected winds to make an intelligent decision about evacuation.

What does Clinton get paid?

Did former President Bill Clinton get a speaking fee for his speech at the Democratic National Convention? And what amount does he usually demand to speak?

None of the speakers at the Democratic convention were paid, according to Damon Jones, who works in the press office of the Democratic National Convention Committee.

Not that former President Clinton needed it anyway. He has pulled in more than $50-million in speaking fees alone since leaving the presidency in 2001, according to published reports. In 2001, for example, he gave two speeches in Tampa, on June 12 and June 19, for Success Events International Inc. and was paid $125,000 for each. Two-thirds of his appearances are before foreign audiences, and some of those fees have been in the $400,000 range.

Only about 20 percent of his speeches provide him with income. The rest are for no fee, or the fee is donated to the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money to fight global problems such as AIDS.

Clinton receives thousands of requests a year to speak, and accepts around 300. "The reason he picked paid speeches is that it is an efficient way for him to make a living for his family and allow him a lot of time to do charitable work, which is his passion," staffer Jay Carson told the Washington Post in 2007.

Q&A: Storm evacuation zones, from A to E 09/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:21pm]

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