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Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It’s Not As Simple As ‘Get Out’

Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It’s Not As Simple As ‘Get Out’
October 18, 2018 Elijah James Logan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q01vSb_B1o0 Brock Long was frustrated. Yet again, the FEMA administrator said, people in the path of a powerful hurricane had ignored evacuation orders. Hurricane Michael had leveled the small Florida city of Mexico Beach and destroyed large parts of nearby Panama City. The death count was rising as search and rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble. “Unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson,” Long said, his exasperation audible as he spoke to reporters a few days after the storm. “When we ask people at the local and state level to heed the warnings, dang it, do it! Get out!” More than a week since Michael ravaged the Florida panhandle, officials say many people are still unaccounted for. Some could be buried under the crumbled homes they refused to leave. Experts who’ve studied the reasons people choose to evacuate – or to stay put — say while Long’s frustration is understandable, the reality is often far more complicated. “It

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