We've made the decision to head to a friend's house in Panama City. They should be far enough away from the eye of the storm to only get tropical storm force winds. It's close to home yet a safe distance from the hurricane force winds.
I feel better being with friends, my boys will have company and the dog can go with us.
I kept hoping the pressure would rise and the storm would be downgraded, but when I woke up at 3am and Ivan was still a Cat 4 I knew we had to leave. We had discussed going north to a shelter but they are going to be right in the path of the storm. Going east we have a chance of being out of it's way altogether.