Hurricane Mandates

So, as we are making our annual preparations for the harsher part of hurricane season, I’ve been trying to figure out what the things we need to do for our family are to be sure we’re safe and ready.

One thing that I can’t control is the idiocy that goes with governments making decisions for people. For example, prior to the legislature granting authority to order mandatory evacuations in 2004, I cannot remember any organizational catastrophe like the one we saw during the Rita panic last year. When we left decision making to citizens, citizens made decisions. When we left it to the government, well, people didn’t seem to enjoy 14 hour trips much.

Also, I’m a little irritated with the weather reporting that treats every rainfall event as a major disaster. A few weeks ago, when we had some minor flooding in one area of town, you’d have thought that we were experiencing another Allison.

So, while I fully endorse good planning and preparation and the intelligence of the citizenry in making evacuation decisions, I think we need to rescind the power of the authorities to order citizens from their homes. I see no Constitutional authority to order citizens from their homes and I think there possibility is much greater that a politician will order evacuations that are not necessary just to be on the safe side and to avoid criticism. A lot of people were harmed in an unnecessary evacuation last year and a lot of pets and a few people lost their lives.

So, on this Independence Day, I’d like to declare that I don’t care one bit what the government thinks I ought to do when a storm is coming. I’ll make that decision thank you very much.

2 Comments so far

  1. a~lotus (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    i think that’s pretty much what i hear from lots of people.. we the citizens will be making our own decisions…

    and yeah, i feel sorry for those elderly folks at the nursing home…with their bus on fire during the evacuation.. it was sad…

  2. J (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    The only problem with your assertion is that the reason that the highways became as clogged as they were is not because of people involved in *mandatory* evacuations – they were people that were scared another Katrina would happen.
    If people had stayed put until an evacuation order was given, it would have been a lot less of a problem (although still a problem no doubt).

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