When a natural disaster — such as a hurricane or blizzard — is bearing down, each of us has a decision to make. Should I stay or should I go?
As Superstorm Sandy threatened Connecticut in 2012, people living along the shore received a mandatory evacuation order. Most did not comply.
To understand why, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication surveyed 1,130 people who live along Connecticut’s coastline. The resulting report provides insights into who would be most likely to leave and how they make a decision to go or stay behind and try to ride out the storm.
- The First Out (21%) will evacuate for any hurricane.
- The Constrained (14%) would like to evacuate, but face barriers to leaving.
- The Optimists (16%) are doubtful a hurricane will ever hit them, but will evacuate if necessary.
- The Reluctant (27%) will leave only if ordered to do so.
- The Diehards (22%) are confident they can ride out the storm and won’t evacuate.