The phenomenon of people refusing to leave their homes arises during virtually every disaster. It has become such an issue in Texas, which has seen its share of hurricane holdouts, that a law went into effect Tuesday giving police the power to arrest residents who refuse to heed a mandatory order.
In California, authorities cannot force residents to leave against their will, only emphasize that they stay at their own risk, said Whitmore.
"It's a combination of bravado, people who won't listen to authority and those who seek adventure," said Irwin Redlener, director of Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. "It crosses the line from bravado to stupidity."
We had much more peace and freedom in this country when we allowed people the freedom to risk their own lives as as long as it did not endanger others. We allowed them to be stupid.