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Should people who ignore evacuation orders during storms have to pay the cost of their rescue?

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    I say no to forcing people to pay to be rescued. On the other hand, I say no to expecting responders to put their own lives in danger to save the lives of people who do not evacuate. And I voted against Obama. No matter how the warnings are put out, no matter how much assistence is provided, no matter how property is protected, some foolish souls will stay behind. Many times these are poorest and oldest of people who can't handle wihout help. They deserve compassion, not punishment. If government wants an evacuation then it must provide a safe, free, evacuation method and a safe, free place to stay. The same is true for people's pets.

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    • No law or government attitude should be absolute. If the people that remain behind in spite of warnings are shown to be incapable of handling the emergency, they shouldn't be punished, But if they remain behind because of an arrogance about their being able to take care of themselves, yes
      A nation of free men should have the option of saying yes or no to evacuation and then pay the price for for their decision.

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  • Yes, unless there is a really credible jutification as age or infirmity!!

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  • How about people who convince other people to ignore evacuation orders, should they have to pay for rescue costs?
    What about people who tell others that the storms can’t be so bad because NASA, NOAA, and the National Science Academy are all wrong that burning fossil fuels is causing an increased risk of record breaking storms? How about people who lobby the government to keep subsidizing and patronizing the coal, oil and natural gas that are largely responsible for this imbalance in our climate and increase in catastrophes? Should they have to pay?
    http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
    http://www.climate.gov/#climateWatch
    http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/

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    No, people should not have to pay for a catastrophe rescue, if they - fail to obey orders. On the other hand, how many people were calling for help during Katrina - and never got it. How many people called for help with Sandy and didn't get it. Do you turn around and make the federal, state and local governments pay for their loss - of life, property, house, possessions - NO, you/they simply get some help and it can take years.

    Disaster like death is unbelievable. We all believe it can't happen, it won't happen, and there is no place like home - the same home the person lived in for years that provided every day comforts and security.

    How many people disobey the speed laws and never get charged. How many people speed and get charged. Life is a gamble most times we win, but not always and that alone can be the tragedy.

    One of my main concerns is the hospitals, prisons, disabled persons - How do you save the special needs/handicapped if they are in the middle of a disaster. Should these buildings/people be put it more secure locations through prior planning. Are there laws to protect caregivers who may have to take the life of an individual or individuals rather than see them suffer and be accused of Murder.

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    It's amazing that humanity survived hundreds of thousands of years before big government solved all our problems. Go back only 100 years ago and there was no NOAA or Natl Weather Service or internet or cell phones... and government's budget was just a few pennies out of GDP.

    And yet people managed to get up in the morning and get dressed. They managed to eat. It's a miracle. How did they do it without Big Brother telling them when to get up, what to wear, and what to eat? The era of big government is barely 50 years old, yet the overwhelming majority can't imagine a time when it didn't exist.

    So, please, put a pleasure and pain chip in my forehead. I need the government to reward me for doing "right" and punish me for doing "wrong". I have no idea how they'll define right and wrong, but it'll all fall into place based on when they decide to give me ecstasy and when they decide to give me excruciating pain.

    Life will be so easy then.

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    Imagine someone sitting in their home as the floodwaters rise, and rescuers come by with a boat. The rescuers tell him to get in -- they'll take him to safety. Is he going to have to ask "how much will you charge?"

    What if he thinks he can afford to take his chances more easily than he can afford the rescue charge? Do rescuers force him into the boat and then send him a bill? Are you going to have rescuers fill out paperwork so that people can be billed later, even though they just lost everything they own in a disaster?

    C'mon.

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    When does one accept responsibilities for ones actions? I guess in this country never.
    Is it fair to give a warning, not just once but several times and expect everybody to adhere? No
    Is it fair to a first responder (police firemen, CG or NG) to risk their lives for someone who did not take the advice of others and put their protection of their "property" above the welfare of others? i think not.
    To get caught in a storm thru ignorance in todays world of information is kind of difficult.

    I live in Florida and they say move, get ready, they are doing this for a reason, material things can be replaced your selfishness can not be someone else's problem

    I have a kid who is in the Coast Guard and I dread every 'major storm' because I've learned there are a lot of thrill seekers and "I need to protect my property" people, and if they stay and need to be rescued, then yes they need to pay the piper.

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    I voted NO but for one reason only. I do think it fair to charge the stubborn guy or gal who will not move in a path of Nature's destruction. Still, I voted No because one should have the liberty to decide their own fate. Yet in the long run, I would understand why the authorities would want to have the rescued pay if they were refusing movement.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong. But is not the rescue effort funded with taxpayer monies?
    Is not the person or persons being rescued a tax payers?
    Question answered.
    Citizens are not required to comply with government dictates and pay an additional cost because they choose to ignore an unlawful order by the government.

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