As Hurricane Ian approached the coast, government officials issued mandatory evacuation orders, as they always do when a big storm approaches. Just like every mandatory evacuation order, there are always a few people who refuse to evacuate.
Ignoring a mandatory evacuation isn’t going to get you arrested or in any other trouble with the law. What it is going to get you is on your own. If you ignore a mandatory evacuation order and things go wrong, you are on your own. No help is coming to save you. Rescue services evacuate the area, and stop responding to calls for help. If you were one of the people who remained behind, that is your problem.
Now that the hurricane has passed, there are hundreds of reports of people who remained on barrier islands in the path of the hurricane who ignored orders to evacuate and are now begging for someone to come save them. A great example of this is Pine Island.
Pine Island is an 18 mile long barrier island that was right where the hurricane made landfall. The highest point on the island is approximately 10 feet above mean sea level. Some of the people who were on the island were residents, and at least one bills himself as an “extreme meteorologist” trying to make himself famous by getting storm footage.
By 0900, the entire island was without power. The storm surge hit the island with seas about 7 feet higher than normal, with waves and a high tide adding to that. The eye of the storm made landfall at 1500. By 1600, at least one resident on the island was begging for help.
“Please can someone send help,” Darcy Lynn Conner, of Bokeelia at the northern end of the island, posted at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
To all of the people who are mentioned in the article:
Have you bothered to think of the responders? Your selfish ass decided to do some stupid shit like stay on a 10 foot tall island in the face of 20 foot hurricane driven waves, and now you are expecting people to risk their lives to come and save you. On top of that, society will pay the expenses for the rescue attempts.
If you stayed and are trying to do it on your own, whatever. That’s on you. But if you are now begging for help, you are a selfish asshole who is getting more help than you deserve. Every one of those responders should be allowed to kick you dead in the balls.