July 2, 2020

Hurricane Rita

Creating Disasters through Mass Urban Evacuation

While preparing your community for a hurricane, if the evacuation creates its own disaster, is evacuation still a good idea? In the aftermath of the evacuation, Garnet Coleman, the Democratic State Representative from Houston asked ā€œIs the chance of dying greater in the movement than in the storm? That is the question we need to consider.ā€ This case study discusses the challenges that arose when public officials decided that a mass evacuation of a densely-populated region was necessary 3 days prior to Hurricane Rita making landfall in Texas and Louisiana.