Skip to comments.Why Do People Stay When a Hurricane Comes? (looters not mentioned)
Posted on 09/14/2018 12:34:48 PM PDT by Libloather
With my collaborators MarYam Hamedani, Hazel Markus, Hilary Bergsieker and Liyam Eloul, I conducted a psychological study of Hurricane Katrina survivors and relief workers, as well as Americans who watched the disaster from afar. We found that outside observers and even the relief workers providing aid viewed those who evacuated as self-reliant and hard-working, while they denigrated those who stayed behind, calling them lazy, negligent and stubborn.
These characterizations, rooted in pervasive American attitudes of independence, presume everyone in harms way has a clear ability to leave when, in reality, many lack reliable transportation or the money for gas and a hotel room.
While its virtually impossible to untangle what precise percentage of residents stay because of material reasons as opposed to cultural ones, in our study the average annual income of people who stayed was only $19,500, and only 54 percent of stayers had a car, compared to 100 percent of those who left.
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As Hurricane Florence slams North Carolina, people are getting arrested for looting businesses and homes.
Don’t forget, some people do it to get on TeeVee, like the idiot out in his boat or the moronic lady with three kids saying “strength in numbers”
If I lived in a hurricane area I would probably stay to protect from looters and to get started with clean up right away. FEMA may not let you back in for a week a lot can happen in that time frame.
Looters ought to be executed.
I know of someone staying behind to protect other people’s boats. Folks just don’t enjoy having their stuff stolen.
I’ve heard that sometimes the answer is “pets.”
Finding a hotel that will accept pets is apparently a real issue, and shelters generally do not.
Some like to appear macho top family and friends.
Because they can no longer believe the BS that comes from all the news channels of how bad the storm will be.
Looters will be shot, employees wrote on wooden boards covering the bars windows.
During a hurricane? Just another body washed up on the beach. With a hole in it.
While living in Texas back in the day, I heard about these ‘hurricane parties’. Go to the top of the tallest building on the coast and have a blast. Only in Texas?
I left one time and never again.
The bridges go up and stay up even if it fizzles and you cant get back for days. So I stayed.
That was 68-2002 in Broward and brevard,although Brvd had a fixed bridged and I stayed because I wanted to see what it was like.
No prob. Food water life jackets the works.
They wouldn’t let people back for days even with fixed bridges.
I was with public util so I was at work for days on end but lots of OT
Dont forget, some people do it to get on TeeVee, like the idiot out in his boat or the moronic lady with three kids saying strength in numbers
That was Fake News. She lived in Wilmington, not the beach, and should be just fine.
Depending upon which home and person they encounter, that ranges from possible to certain. And the nice thing is that no shovel had to be involved.
So you are saying material things mean more to you than your life? Interesting.
If I lived in a hurricane area I would probably stay to protect from looters and to get started with clean up right away.
I’ve gone through a couple of strong hurricanes, and my opinion is that criminal activity doesn’t increase overall. The media will report every little case of looting, making it seem worse than it is.
I guess criminals are as inconvenienced as everybody else and tend to take a break from their profession until things get back to normal.
My son went to college in New Orleans. He said when they said a hurricane was coming it just meant it was time to stock up on beer.
He bailed out for Katrina only because the college people made everyone in the building get on the bus.
Most of the time big damage starts as something small that if seen to in a timely manner, can prevent catastrophe.
In my experience, this is especially true with boats.
Borrow the money for gas and sleep in your car. Catch a bus out. Go to a shelter.
I bet they have enough money for luxury items, like Iphones and 50 inch TVs.
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