‘I can’t afford to leave my home’: evacuating too costly for some in path of Hurricane Florence

‘I can’t afford to leave my home’: evacuating too costly for some in path of Hurricane Florence | World news | The Guardian

In any forecast that portents of a weather related diasaster there is always the plea to evacuate. …Which serves as a cue for a lot of well off white people to opine about how inconsiderate and irresponsible anyone who chooses not is.

There is never mention of how emergency services and FEMA types do not shore up damaged property or prevent lotting. There is never mention of how long a person must stay in exhile while their property is destroyed by continued exposure and lawlessness.

Apart from a few references to the “Cajun Navy,” there is hardly a mention of the folks who stay behind to provide serves the government does not.

And it is simply not discussed that evacuating is very. very expensive. There are few places that people can just go and be welcomed in without paying for the privilege.

For a family of six on a fixed income with no relative’s who will take them in, where are they supposed to go? Say their budget allows for seven hundred dollars for housing. Are they supposed to not pay their rent or mortgage that month so they can all stay in a hotel or motel while they are evacuated? Does anyone think a bank or a landlord will just forgo collecting money that month? What happens a few days into the evacuation when all of the money is gone? Where are they supposed to stay? How are they supposed to find a place that will accept their pets anyways?

For those without a car, how are people supposed to get to where ever they should be evacuating to?

The folks who look down their noses and judge people for not evacuating… They do understand evacuation is open ended, correct? Do they imagine everyone in the world has unlimited funds to pay for hotel and motel rooms with?

It’s obnoxious elitism.


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