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Re: Irma over hyped?? Really??

Posted by **comic relief** on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:05:35 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Irma over hyped?? Really?? posted by **Hippie J** on Sep 22, 2017 at 7:34:17 AM:

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**My daughter who lives in Florida witnessed first hand what
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**thing. Unnecessary panic in areas created by the media, that were not in immediate or imminent danger created a dangerous situation in of itself. And where there is panic there ARE accidents and casualties. The media will claim they had the best of intentions but in reality they don't consider the ramifications of what they are reporting when it becomes erroneous. They don't take any responsibility for it.
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**And I will certainly take the word of someone who actually lives there and dealt with the hurricane over someone who doesn't.
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*people who don't live here simply don't get it
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*the mass hysteria often causes more problems then the storms themselves
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*its a reality for us that live here - there's not much point in evacuating MOST areas (the keys and barrier islands aside) because no matter where you go, you will be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic in areas you are unfamiliar with, with little or no gasoline or food available. for most, its best to be prepared and stay put...batton down the hatches and ride it out
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The perspective of choosing to stay to tough it out rather than fight the crowds during a mass exodus makes sense. You made a salient point by saying that hotels are all booked, shelters don't take your dogs and stations run out of fuel so you chose to stay and make the best of it. But, calling the warnings fake news and nothing but hype is where the problem lies for me. The warnings were legit, the most powerful storm on record was the size of the state and bearing down on its most populous city. There was no way to know exactly what path it would eventually follow, but it could have traveled straight up the middle rather than bearing west. The responsible thing to do is give people fair warning so they can board up their houses and get their families to a safe area if they're able.
Hurricanes are definitely a live and learn for residents there. Building codes were made tougher after Andrew and that saved a lot of property and likely lives as well. The government enacted those codes, and they enforce those codes. The current administration wants to lessen government control, and I know that that is something you believe in very strongly. Can you acknowledge that some government is good? Can you acknowledge that Florida's strict building codes are a good thing? You're in the insurance industry, right? Isn't it better for the insurance companies for the government to enforce strict building codes in order to limit losses? Do you think that industry would ever properly govern itself and do you think deregulations are good?

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