“Evacuation Fatigue” A Danger?

Sep 9, 2008 1:22pm

We were wondering last week about this: Would the large-scale mandatory evacuation orders prior to Hurricane Gustav’s arrival — and then Gustav’s less-than-ferocious punch — mean that next time, people would be less likely to heed the warnings? This from USA Today, as Hurricane Ike heads for the Gulf of Mexico: "The weakening of Hurricane Ike had some officials in Gulf states worrying Monday that people may decide to stay put rather than obey yet another evacuation order. ‘There is a concern that people say they’re tapped out to evacuate,’ said Glenn Cannon, assistant administrator for disaster operations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Cannon said officials are concerned that residents may have ‘evacuation fatigue’ after having fled Hurricane Gustav before it sideswiped the Gulf Coast last week."

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