Refusal To Evacuate When Floods Threatened Lives And Homes

Hurricane Ike was just one severe storm system that battered the Gulf coast area this season. This time it was Texas that suffered the most damage in the city of Galveston. Of course, this was not the only place where power was out and had homes and businesses flooded. Even though Ike was only a category two, the damage was wide spread because the storm was so large. Once again people were asked to evacuate their homes and head for higher and safer ground out of reach of the first impact of the hurricane along the coastal regions.

The vast majority of those who were asked to evacuate did. They had several days notice that the hurricane was coming. They still had time to board up their homes if they wanted to and make plans and arrangements to find someplace further inland to stay during and immediately after the storm. Advance warning can make all the difference for those who live in harms way. They can remove certain valuables from the home. Pets will not have to be left behind because there is no ready place to take them. Flood threats are so dangerous and some people who have experienced them before should know they are not to be taken lightly.

Even though many people do have the good common sense to leave a flood threatened area while they have a chance, there are always those who choose to ride out the storm and take their chances. They might have experienced some false alarms in the past where they were asked to evacuate and did. When they returned and discovered that very little or no harm had been done, it might be enough to make them a little braver the next time.

Why do they not realize that it only takes one time when things pan out like forecasters are predicting to place themselves and their family in extreme jeopardy? Many times these same people will misjudge the danger and end up having to be rescued because of there decision not to leave. Even though there are measures in place to do these rescues when there are natural disasters, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars to carry them out.

One reason that many people will tell you they choose to stay instead of evacuate is that it cost money they might not have to leave. If they have no friends or relatives to go to, they will have to take refuge in a shelter or motel. Some are afraid to leave their home unprotected from looters or vandals. Although these might sound like logical reasons, they really are not. When the power will likely be out and they become trapped because roads and bridges are flooded, they will probably end up wishing that they did get out while they could.