The Coming New Rounds of "Utter Disasters"
Historian Douglas Brinkley recently called embattled New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin an "utter disaster" in his new book because Nagin couldn't evacuate the whole city. Well, via First-Draft, there's a new poll of Gulf Coast residents that suggests that Nagin outdid what normal circumstances would demand:
Mayfield [National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield] outlined the poll at the launch of the 2006 National Hurricane Survival Initiative, an educational campaign aimed at preparing and protecting residents in vulnerable coastal areas. He said 13 percent of residents in coastal states said they might not or would not evacuate even if ordered to leave.
Fifteen percent of Florida residents said they wouldn't evacuate.
The majority of residents said they preferred to weather the storm at home and wanted to be there to protect their property, while three percent said they would stay for their pets.
Of those who do evacuate, one in five residents said they would only leave 12-24 hours before a storm makes landfall.
As scout_prime said, "only" 10 percent of New Orleans residents did not evacuate. Perhaps the soupbowl situation the city found itself in demanded that every person should be shipped out or left to die, but as we see, there is little one can do to overturn human nature, even after Katrina showed the importance of safety above all.