Why would you remain in a hazardous area instead of evacuating?
Ever since Katrina hit I have been thinking about this. Why would one stay instead of going somewhere safe?
I came up with a few reasons that I think would suffice
1. Inability to move out of the region. This could be for a variety of things. The most common being that you have no means of transportation. One could be bed ridden, injured or be taking care of someone who fell into that category. You are stubborn and decide to ride out the storm. You have lived in this home for 35 years and plan on staying there because its all you have. You also want to be there to protect it from potential looters afterwards.
2. Forced to stay. You are a hospital worker, public servant or hold some other job which requires you to stay in the area. You will be the one people look to for help and guidence whe the time comes.
3. You have nowhere to go. You are out of touch with family, family only lives in the area, you dont know anyone in a reasonable distance that can accomodate you etc.
4. You know exactly what you are doing.
Let me clarify what I mean by this. Anybody who has seen the aftermath of a storm knows that there are opportunistic people who take the opportunity to loot, steal, generally create more mayhem. Joe scumbag isn't stupid and knows exactly what is going on and what will happen. Everyone will leave, stores will close and the sheer mayhem caused by the disaster will have the police and emergency services occupied. They will be out there looking for survivors, rescuing people, performing first aid etc to people. Protecting property from theft comes second to saving human lives. This leaves the streets open to joe scumbag to do as he pleases. He can fight mike scumbag, rape his daughter and probably get away with it. He can go into Pops Electronic store and raid it. He can go into walmart and raid it. Why pay for a new TV you probably would never be able to afford when you can just go grab one off the shelf? The cops are too busy to stop you. Walmart has guns too. Let me grab a few and some ammo to protect myself from the anti-looters.
And so you have it. Joe scumbag has no electricity, no running water, no phone service but has a brand new HiDef flat screen TV with all the trimmings.
Oh wait, the police are now making their way into joe's area going door to door looking for the sick, wounded and dead. Joe sees a police presence as a threat, so what does he do? Uses that gun he stole from walmart to take shots at the police. This keeps them out of the area, puts fear into them and even causes some to turn in their badges because they feel it isnt worth it.
Thats my theory and I think it is pretty accurate. If this were not the case, the Wal-Marts would still be fully stocked with big screen TVs, DVD players and guns. The police force also wouldnt be shrinking and we wouldnt have an area where there was no law and order.
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