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Will Gas Prices Influence Hurricane Evac Decisions?

One survey says yes, they will.

As gas prices have risen quickly, those increases are influencing people’s decisions about how and when they travel.

People are switching to mass transit when and where they can. Or, perhaps asking the boss to work more days from home. Instead of a “driving vacation” they may end up with a “staycation” instead.

Another possible influence for high prices is this: “As gas prices soar, so does hesitancy toward hurricane evacuations.”

We already know that there are some people who for financial reasons don’t evacuate when there is a hurricane warning. Not having the money for gas can certainly contribute to that type of decision-making.

It is possible that emergency managers may have to get more creative in thinking about alternatives to assist people in getting out of Dodge.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.