||[Sep. 12th, 2008|10:01 am]
People sheltering at ground level at Galveston Bay when Hurricane Ike hits face "certain death," the weather service warns. is a frightening CNN Breaking Alert to see. Hope everyone got out of there...
You'll always have people who refuse to leave. Some will live and say "Why did everyone freak out so much" and others will die and people will say "What a shame". With this hurricane, I don't think anyone who wanted to leave (and made even the slightest effort to do so) wasn't able to. Yeah, there might be some people who decided to stay and then suddenly in the middle of it, after the last bus left & the roads are impassible, say "Oh wait, I want to leave. What? The city/government/troops/police will not help me? This is an outrage!".
In Katrina times, there seemed to be a lot of people who wanted to get out but couldn't (jobs, lack of car, medical issues, traffic etc). Those were the people who showed up at the Superdome *before* the hurricane started. I don't think there are a lot of those people in this hurricane. I know the government's plan is to have none of these people left. If you wanted out & make a minimal effort before the storm starts, then you could get out.
Rant rant. I'm mean and cruel, but I have very little sympathy for the people who intentionally stay in places like Galveston. I feel really bad for their friends and family who did evacuate and are now panicking over their loved one's poor decision.
Last night on the local news they mentioned some guys on a fishing boat near Galveston who planned to ride it out on the boat. Their logic was that the boat would float on top of the storm surge so they wouldn't get flooded. It really is a case of natural selection.
If it's just the storm surge, that's not a terrible idea -- safest place to be in a tsunami is out on the water. Of course, that's ignoring the whole, you know, HURRICANE that's going on at the same time. Details, details...
That's why I support riding out hurricanes in submarines!
"While up above the waves my doomsday squad ignites the atmosphere..."
All I hope is that first responders aren't put in danger or get hurt trying to save some of these selfish people who decided to ride it out in mandatory evacuation zones...
The official rule is that if you stay during a mandatory evacuation, you're on your own. Hopefully they follow that and spend their limited manpower and resources on fixing problems that could not have been prevented.
There's already reports of people getting rescued who defied the orders. Worst part was that some of the family members stayed at the house after the frail, old people were last minute rescued. It makes me really frustrated that these people are so willing to risk other people's lives and resources that could be helping people who were in danger which was no due to their own damn stupidity and stubbornness. Rant.http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5995957.html
Several years ago the National Park service implemented a policy of charging people for their own rescues if it was determined they were not following rules or acting in an unnecessarily risky manor. For example, despite the numerous signs warning you not to try, many people still think they can hike in and out of the Grand Canyon in one day. The Park Service got tired of footing the cost of all the helicoptor rescues and starting charging the "victims." I understand an hour of helicoptor time and a rescue team costs several thousand dollars.