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Hurricane Evacuation


Factors People Consider When Deciding if Evacuation is Necessary There are many types of natural disasters, frequently wreaking havoc and leaving devastation in their wake. One such natural disaster – hurricanes – was the focus of this field study. Hurricanes vary in intensity, generally causing greater amounts of damage as that intensity increases. When no populated lands are within the hurricane’s path, people tend to brush them aside, paying little attention to understanding how they form, grow, and move. However, there are many times when populated areas are impacted by these storms. Humankind has been recording hurricane data in the Atlantic since the late 1800s. The National Hurricane Center lists 36 storms just between 1900 and 2008. (This list is not inclusive of all notable storms which they consider to have been significant.) All 36 of the listed storms directly impacted populated areas. At the time of this field study, there