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augustlan's avatar

What are the consequences of ignoring a mandatory evacuation order?

Asked by augustlan (47701points) September 12th, 2008

Aside from the obvious peril you are placing yourself in? If you defy the order and then need rescuing, are you charged for the rescue? Should you be?

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cheebdragon's avatar

I think they should pay, because other people have to go risk their lives to save some dipshit who wouldn’t listen.

JackAdams's avatar

The fact that if you don’t and you are severely injured or killed, that the government cannot be sussessfully sued by you, or in the event of your demise, your next-of-kin.

Nimis's avatar

I don’t know if they are, but they should be. You get fined for not wearing a seatbelt. Sadly, fining people may be the only way for them to care about their own safety. Plus, yes, it would be very costly.

cheebdragon's avatar

Those crime scene cleanup guys make like $75,000 a year….

Bri_L's avatar

Yeah, I heard they really clean up in that industry.

sndfreQ's avatar

Here’s the thing: not everyone has the means to evacuate, as hard as that may be to digest. Some folks who are destitute or otherwise have no resources are not getting federal assistance to evacuate. Those folks are often the ones we see “taking their chances.”. Of course they’re going to get what’s coming, but to generalize and say they deserve it is a somewhat myopic viewpoint.

That said, there are those whose obstinance escapes all reason, and I guess for them, Darwin Award nominations are approaching…

Snoopy's avatar

@sndfre As I recall, in the latest round of hurricaines to hit New Orleans there was a rather extensive evacuation plan to address the needs of those w/ out the means to escape. The mayor also stated very clearly that their would NOT be anyone coming to the aid of anyone who remained behind…..

I don’t know if the same thing is occuring in the greater Houston area (gov’t assistance to evacuate). I did hear this AM that due to the fact that 100+ people were killed in the last evacuation attempt (more than was killed by the storm) they are doing a shelter in place w/ the bulk of Houston and asking those to the the south side to evacuate.

JackAdams's avatar

Actually, I “evacuate,” every day.

If I don’t, it’s because of constipation.

Indy318's avatar

When I was watching CNN’s coughground-breakingcough coverage of Hutticane Gustav, I heard a report that said anyone that fails to evacuate will not be able to recieve any federal aid. I think it’s one of those stay at your risk, or else we’re not coming to help you when your under 6 feet of water.

gooch's avatar

As a firefighter in Louisiana we are told if there is a mandatory evacuation order given we don’t have to save you butt. You can can call fire, police, and ambulance and we don’t have to put ourselves in an unreasonable risk for you. Though firefighters can take it upon themselves to respond. Police and ambulance service can not respond during certain times because they must be reserved for later.

Snoopy's avatar

@gooch. That is weird (in my opinon) that they say police/paramedics canNOT under any circumstances respond in that scenario but OK if firefighters want to on their own. Sounds like the unions should get together on that one….?

mzgator's avatar

During a storm, when it is unsafe for police or ambulance or fire trucks with firefighters to respond, if you have an emergency, such as a heart attack, you are on your own until it is safe for emergency vehicles to respond. You are made well aware of this way before the storm approaches. Some firefighter, including my husband Gooch, have been known to respond on their own during a storm to help someone. They risk their own life, to save someone who should have heeded the warning and left when told to.

During Hurricane Lily, my husband responded during the peak of the storm to help a neighbor who was pregnant who had slipped and fallen during the storm. He did this on his own. The wind was howling so hard that it ripped several of my neighbor’s chimneys right out of their roof.

If they can get to someone, they will, but there are certain times doing a major hurricane that they can not get out to help you.

philosopher's avatar

You risk your life and those who stay with you.

Aster's avatar

The man in Mt St Helens burned to death when he refused to evacuate. I wonder if he got fined?

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