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Was it really better to not evacuate for Hurricane Harvey due to the chaos that creates?

alan avak30 Posted

I know the Houston mayor stated that past evacuations have not worked well for Houston but could there have been a smaller voluntary evacuation order that would have helped?  I’m only really looking for experts who have some expertise in this area of massive evacuations and disasters with fact based information.  I do believe its very very hard to evacuate a huge city like Houston and some people do not have the money to evacuate anyway.

James Mast

Utilizing game theory, I would say you evacuate. If you stay, there’s a 50% chance that you will die in the storm, if you leave it’s 100% chance that you will survive…unless you die in an evacuation stampede.


I will say this. we have a tendency to could are outside of the eyewall in Corpus Christi, however, the winds we have a tendency to had were furious now and then. The wind had this monumental energy thereto that I didn’t expertise with Matthew last year despite the fact that I used to be in all probability some miles nearer to Matthew’s eyewall.

Ray Martin Ray Martin edited answer

As a native of the Houston area and someone who has hunkered down with family for hurricanes since the 50s.

If you live in the low lying areas then yes evacuate as soon as possible. But for those who live in the areas that are not prone to flooding their best bet is to stay put. Although if it appears that rising water will breach your home then go ahead and think about leaving. Waiting can be a problem although less traffic will be on the road and that is an advantage.

I moved from the Houston area and relocated just off I45 in Huntsville and during Rita it was such a mess with all those people, especially those that didn’t or couldn’t fill their cars down there littered the streets and the interstate with disabled vehicles. We spent a week picking up the trash those people just decided to throw out. Sad that so many were thoughtless and thought we needed all that trash.

Smiley Dane

Speaking about the storm it is  not really safe for the family specially the very young ones.I would say that as far as you can still move while there is a storm the do it do to evacuate and go to the evacuation center and when the storm stops then come back into your home again its not bad to move in advance so that no regrets if nothing happens bad.


I would say no because some people did evacuate and its much better to do that if you can afford to

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