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    GAO evacuation report

    Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations:
    Actions Needed to Clarify Responsibilities and Increase Preparedness for Evacuations

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0744.pdf -

    WHY GAO DID THIS STUDY:
    During the evacuation of New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many of those who did not own a vehicle and could not evacuate were among the over 1,300 people who died. This raised questions about how well state and local governments, primarily responsible for disaster planning, integrate transportation-disadvantaged populations into such planning. GAO assessed the challenges and barriers state and local officials face; how prepared these governments are and steps they are taking to address challenges and barriers; and federal efforts to provide evacuation assistance.
    Has this become a topic of conversation ?
    or
    The biger step of being addressed in your community's planning documents ?

    According to the APA Conference agenda there is a session related to/about this.

    I found this in Natural Hazards Observer.
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Our county had a procedure in place for the '04 hurricanes, but it only addressed "special needs" (e.g., disabled, elderly/sick) people. Not households without vehicles. Granted, we are a ways inland, but still incurred huge damages. Anybody in a mobile home or other dangerous residence had to take a taxi to a shelter, or try to find a ride, unless they qualifed as above. Then comes the real question: will the bus drivers show up?

    The scary part to me about Florida is that, being such a long narrow state, massive hurricane evacuations invariably result in everybody evacuating colliding in the middle of the state. Most coastal evacs don't really require people to go more than 20-30 miles inland, but most want to flee to the middle of the state, or north of the state line, and our highways are just inadequate for that. Plus, many counties have only 1 or 2 major roads leading inland. In '98, one entire county was evacuated due to wildfires and the only 4-lane road into the county was all routed one direction for a day, but it was still gridlock.

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