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We see it every time there is a serious storm on the coast, people are told to evacuate but some choose not to. When you see cars rushing up the highway and off to safety, its hard to understand the logic of those who do not leave.
Not only does ignoring evacuation put yourself at risk, it also puts the lives of rescuers at risk as well. You see, even after someone is told to evacuate and they refuse, rescue services make every attempt to save them from their bad decision.
When you are told to evacuate its best to have a plan and to act on that plan in a hurry. You see, a serious evacuation does not come by accident or prematurely. If you stay behind you are risking everything. That is not a good idea.
Lets look at three reasons why people don’t evacuate when they are told to leave.
Ride it Out
Some people just think they are going ride out the storm. For some reason the radar, the data the trained professionals are just not enough for these folks. They don’t trust the storm will be as bad “as everyone says” so they stay back.
Stay with their Home
Its hard to know that you will likely come back to nothing. There is no 100% guarantee that your home will be destroyed and ruined. Some people have this one asset and are very opposed to losing that asset. So, they decide to stay with the home in hope that they can take care of it immediately after the storm.
While you might like to think that those who do not evacuate do so out of ignorance or foolishness but what about people who are too old to get out? Do you think a 70 year old with no kids or family has the ability to pack up and drive to another location? What if they are also poor?
Its not always so cut and dry but remember, if you can you better leave. Protect your life above all.