Silent Archimedes

People disobeying mandatory evacuations should be jailed

Posted by silentarchimedes on September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Damage

Hurricane Ike Damage

This issue reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where the suicide jumper lands on George’s parked car in front of the hospital, and then George tries to get the hospital to pay for the car’s damages. We know he’s right, but it’s such a sensitive time, he is made out to be the evil bad guy. Well, I will play George here. People disobeying mandatory evacuations should be punished. After what happened in Katrina, disobeying mandatory evacs should be considered a felony. Of course, there can be exceptions if the person has some excuse. Although I can’t think of any, except if you are really poor or old and can’t get out. And even that, there were public buses and police to get you out. In the aftermath of Hurrican Ike, reports show that 20,000 to 100,000 people decided to stay through the hurricane. Now people might say, “Well, it’s up to them. If they want to take the risk of death, not my problem.” The problem is, it is our problem. After Ike, at least 2,000 people had to be rescued. Besides the personal risk they took during the hurricane, they now put rescuers at risk in order to rescue them from stupidity. They also use much needed public funding to rescue them. Not only that, but many of them are now in need of food and water. Where more funding and risk must be taken to get it to them. This to me is a very selfish thing. If they had just evacuated like everyone else, public funding and efforts can focus on cleaning up the disaster area rather than worrying about people stuck in houses.


One Response to “People disobeying mandatory evacuations should be jailed”

  1. said

    The problem is a broader one of government involvement in the personal lives of people. You’re statement – “Now people might say, “Well, it’s up to them. If they want to take the risk of death, not my problem.” The problem is, it is our problem.” – is incorrect. Government makes it our problem. If able bodied people choose to stay, then leave them there, it was their choice. Now to agree with you….how likely is that our paternal government whether it be federal, state, or local would leave them there? Not likely. But I’m big into self determination and being ordered to leave my property might be untenable. I have the right to stay with my property and society has the right to ignore subsequent pleas for rescue due to my decisions. So the problem is government’s need to help people avoid the consequence of their actions. Government can always save my butt and cover up my mistakes so why should I have to make good decisions and stand by them?

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