Congested Evacuation: Hurricane Rita

Friday, September 23, 2005

I was reading through some of the stories of people trying to leave Texas before the hurricane hits and it just made me think back to right after Katrina slammed New Orleans. I remember many people some my friends, some news and media saying with almost disregard for human life that the people who died- the ones who stayed behind "should have just left".

I ask those people now to read the stories from Texas. People are on the roads bumper to bumper for 10-15 hours and only traveling 5-10 miles. Cars are running out of gas and people are abandoning them on the road. Once again it will be the poor who will feel the brunt of this storm. People are standing in lines to cash checks from banks that are closing shop. Put yourself in their posistion for a second. You have no car or maybe it's broken down, you just recieved your paycheck from work but the banks and check cashing stores are closed and abandoned. How do you "just leave" when you have no transportation and or no money?

This is why we needed to have some sympathy for the people in New Orleans who stayed or could not leave. Things are not always black and white, there is a gray area, it's not as easy as saying "they should have left", maybe they tried and could not.


jmcmaster said...

Another great example that was brought to my attention: people on parole. How do you leave the state when your not allowed to leave the state?

Jon Blaze said...

Prisoner Bonus. Fox news, ya I know, ran a story on how a lot of evidence being held by authorities for upcoming trials got washed away. Wonder how those cases will go.

Jay Denari said...

Did you notice that in most of the evacuation footage the inbound side of the highway was all but empty? Why didn't someone think to send half the traffic THAT way, and force those stupid enough to be driving INTO a hurricane to use the surface roads?

Anonymous said...

Be prepared for the next animal hurricane katrina or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!

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