I live smack dab in the center of the state, where people have been known to evacuate TO.
The most vivid 'ride outs' are Charley, Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
The first concern is storm surge, and dwelling sturdiness.
We have a block-construction home built post-Andrew. We are not in a flood prone area, so we shelter at home, after boarding up and stocking the preparation kit.
Just be aware of all local shelters and travel routes. Know and understand your home construction and surrounding area.
You may not have to evacuate, but sheltering in-place still requires planning and preparation.
If local authorities recommend evacuation, do not hesitate. Create a plan for keeping in contact with others and places to meet.
In Florida, you should be able to move a few miles from surge and flood prone areas and find solid shelter within range of post disaster support services without having to go to Tallahassee,Gainesville or Orlando.
While winds cause some mind-boggling damage, the largest danger with a hurricane is storm surge. As long as you have a sturdy construction shelter, and don't have many special needs, you should be able to stay close to home with safety plans and preparation.
If you have special needs, do not hesitate to contact your local authorities for specific accommodations.
visit the State disaster planning site to prepare and feel confident about your family's wel-being.http://www.floridadisaster.org/