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Evacuation: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Not an easy decision but its not a trick question

When to order an evacuation is no easy decision. It never has been. Its also not a trick question and you have plenty of time to study for the test.

Controversy surrounding evacuation of civilian populations and healthcare facilities has bubbled for many years without clear resolution. And for good reason - there is no "one size fits all" approach to the problem.

The hard taught lessons from Katrina, Joplin, and Tokyo showed up on another disaster test. The final grade isn't in, but its not looking good. In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, as the public and public health struggle to regain a foot hold on normalcy, we're wondering why problems of power, evacuation, sheltering, and fuel are persisting.

Here's a review of evacuation considerations from Mitigation Journal edition #41 - Should I Stay or Should I Go? Points to consider when deciding to shelter in place or Evacuate - overviews issues for individuals, families, and healthcare facilities to consider when making this critical decision.

MJ Podcast #41published October, 2007*
*Note: original audio from 2007 and has not been edited. It may contain outdated material.

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