There is a CAT 5 hurricane in the Gulf headed your way and you decide NOT to implement your Evacuation Plan. Wonder when you would ever implement it? What could possibly be worse.
As a witness to the race riots of 1967 and 1968, learn one thing about governors. They all spend time doing political calculus for atleast 72 hours before they make a decision or overcome by events. The LA riots and the Crown Heights riot in NYC reinforce this theory. Diseasters are too important to be left to politicians. Citizens should learn to stockpile food and water, and firearms and organize till help arrives. Feds will take 72 hours for normal diseasters and up to one week for severe diseasters. By Federal Planning, state and local governments are suppose to have the ability to cope during that time till Fed resources arrive.