Monday, September 15, 2008

Thoughts on Evacuations

Do people undervalue their own lives? I found this doing a google search for "evacuation fines." An interesting point rises. If people are valuing their worldly possessions over their lives (in hurricanes, etc.) and do not evacuate, then what is our responsibility to help them? Furthermore, what is their responsibility if we do? Here's thought: maybe we should announce "mandatory evacuations" with the warning that anyone for whom the authorities have to provide emergency rescue gets fined some large amount, say $5,000. This might help ensure higher evacuation rates, and also curb some of the costs of risky rescue operations.

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