Hurricane Evacuation Decisions Should Not Rest with Politicians
— September 21, 2017
By JP Eggers and Zur Shapira
Recently, as Hurricane Harvey cruised toward Houston, the city’s residents received conflicting advice. Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that Houston residents should “strongly consider evacuating” even if an order “hasn’t been issued by your local official.”
Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that residents should stay in town, citing concern for the potential for massive gridlock like what occurred before Hurricane Rita in 2005, when more than 100 people perished in the staggering heat and standstill traffic of an evacuation.
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JP Eggers is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Zur Shapira is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management.