It never ceases to amaze me when disaster is imminent, and warnings to evacuate are given, some just sit there. Many say the same brave words "If the Lord wants to take you, he will". Yet it seems when the Lord comes knocking on the door, they call 911.
That's what irks me the most when these disasters strike and tens of thousands of homeowners loose everything they've worked for. At a time when resources are already stretched thin, they have to be stretched further to accommodate those hardheaded holdouts that have such bravado in the beginning, and none in the end.
I can't help but ask myself these questions:
- How many people should risk their lives to go rescue these former brave souls?
- How many millions should be spent?
- Should these people face criminal charges for ignoring a mandatory evacuation order?
- Should they bear civil penalties for the expenses incurred rescuing them?
- Should they face criminal prosecution for the death of anyone that's attempting to rescue them?
Although I've been fortunate enough to never face an evacuaiton warning, I have lived in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida; and believe me, you only need to tell me once its evacuation time. By current estimates, in Texas alone 140,000 people ignored the warnings and stayed; now they all need to be rescued.
Before the choppers carry them to saftey, perhaps they should leave a note for the Lord and let him know they've changed their mind.