Friday, November 30, 2012

Should People Be Charged for Rescues If They Remain in a Mandatory Evacuation Area?


Big governments face a similar quandary, and, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a delicate management question is making the rounds: Is there a better way to enforce mandatory evacuations in advance of a gathering storm?
It's a sensitive topic. Communities and businesses are still recovering from the hurricane and mourning the dead. But officials running evacuations are like any CEO trying to execute a strategy. Would some form of incentive to evacuate—perhaps a punitive one—have helped authorities get even more people out safely and reduced the need to put rescuers in harm's way?

This is a fascinating question I had not considered before. The full article is at the Wall Street Journal

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