Officials fear storm warnings may go ...

Officials fear storm warnings may go unheeded next time

There are 13 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Officials fear storm warnings may go unheeded next time. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

NEW ORLEANS: Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic ''mother of all storms.'' It didn't deliver.

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Since: Mar 07

Tulsa, OK

#1 Sep 3, 2008
Make them leave each and every time. They all complained after Katrina, so now they should muzzle up and pay the price for their past whinin'.

Or, let them all stay or go as they please, but then, they should be responsible for payin' for the repairs after the storms, instead of expectin' the rest of the nation to foot the bill.

Since: May 08

Tampa, FL

#2 Sep 3, 2008
Nobody can predict EXACTLY where or how strong a storm will be. That is why we have to prepare & hope for the best, which is exactly what happened. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts during sheltered times, be greatful that we have the means to be in a safe haven, even when it means bunking up! Everyone knows from past history that STORMS DESTOY almost everything/anybody in its path! When people refuse to leave.. when they are stuck in disaster, who do they cry to for rescue? Our dedicated rescue people have to put their lives on the line because you you didn't want to evacuate!! Quit you pathetic whining & be thankful that you are safe!!!!
of course

Tallmadge, OH

#3 Sep 3, 2008
Better to be safe than sorry. I have friends down there. Every time a storm comes they leave and hope their home is ok when they return. Would rather get out than take the chance. At least the opportunity was there for them to get out this time. God Bless the rescue people who took care of the residents and also to the people who took time out of the lives to go down there and help. But for some people damned if you do and damned if you don't.
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#4 Sep 3, 2008
When authorities(who think they know everything, but often know little more than what the average person can find out themselves on the net) overreact once or twice too many times, and then delay letting people back into their homes(such as been the case this week), you're darned right a lot of people will decide "I ain't leavin'" next time there's a hurricane.
Fines

Strongsville, OH

#5 Sep 3, 2008
for those who stay behind.
Spoken like

Strongsville, OH

#6 Sep 3, 2008
a true "Shitty Worker". Just like the ones that abandoned their posts during Katrina.
City Worker wrote:
When authorities(who think they know everything, but often know little more than what the average person can find out themselves on the net) overreact once or twice too many times, and then delay letting people back into their homes(such as been the case this week), you're darned right a lot of people will decide "I ain't leavin'" next time there's a hurricane.
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#7 Sep 3, 2008
Fines wrote:
for those who stay behind.
As if the cops will be out during the storm looking for people.
Rubber City Resident

Tulsa, OK

#8 Sep 3, 2008
they should leave each time. If they don't they are making it harder for the police and fire to do their jobs. If they don't leave, too bad they had a choice. We all have to live with our choices.
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#9 Sep 3, 2008
Spoken like wrote:
a true " **** Worker". Just like the ones that abandoned their posts during Katrina.
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Let's see your reasoning here. You criticize me for "speaking like a city worker" who abandoned their post during Katrina. And what I said was people will want to stay in New Orleans during a future storm. Your illogic baffles me. If I was one of those City Workers who abandoned their post, why am I saying people should stay?
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#10 Sep 3, 2008
Rubber City Resident wrote:
they should leave each time. If they don't they are making it harder for the police and fire to do their jobs. If they don't leave, too bad they had a choice. We all have to live with our choices.
And I'm sure right now those who stayed are quite glad they did.

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#11 Sep 3, 2008
It's not like the authorities are patently innocent here, however well-intentioned they may be. It's human nature to ignore false warnings... that's partly on the media to share some of the blame, with all the news-tainment fodder they get from weather reporting.

“Deliver me from thy followers”

Since: Jun 08

Cuyahoga Falls

#12 Sep 3, 2008
City Worker wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's see your reasoning here. You criticize me for "speaking like a city worker" who abandoned their post during Katrina. And what I said was people will want to stay in New Orleans during a future storm. Your illogic baffles me. If I was one of those City Workers who abandoned their post, why am I saying people should stay?
"Spoken like" is just talking out of his you-know-what, like so many others are given to do around here. Talk is definitely cheap on a forum. The minute anybody comes along with a comment of insight or intelligence, some yah-hoo is right there to short-answer some smart guy reply. Public forum sites are like radiation: all right in small doses, too much will make you sick.

You're right that the authorities need to be careful with evacuation orders; a better-safe-than-sorry approach is fine for things like double-bagging your trash or maybe hosing out a campfire, but people tend to remember being uprooted and stuffed into a gymnasium on cots. I live inland in Ohio, but believe me that I'd take a fool-me-once stance on these kind of evacuations.

One thing always baffles me: why do we see lines out the door at big box hardware stores, every time there's a hurricane? I live in Ohio as I've said, and believe me that I own a snow shovel. It's not like plywood and 2x4's go bad... just keep enough on hand to board up your friggin' house. Ditto a sack of batteries, MRE's & canned soup, a first aid kit; none of this is expensive when you just pick it up here and there. When and if I get out of this state and head for the coast, you're going to see one man sitting at HOME on hurricane eve.
jinxer

United States

#13 Sep 3, 2008
if people want to stay. let them stay.

Just dont listen to their whining about the govt not doing anything.

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