Society for Anthropological Sciences
Volunteered - Oral Presentation Session
In order to improve evacuation predictions and response to mandatory evacuation orders, this project explored hurricane evacuation decision-making, including rationales for failing to evacuate from high risk evacuation zones. Our previous research described evacuation/non-evacuation rationales for Hurricane Ike, in Galveston, Texas and this project focuses on Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida. Qualitative interviews were conducted in Tampa to better understand personal evacuation decisions, using 10 matched-pairs of neighbors who did and did not evacuate. The matched design helped select residents with similar risks and constraints, while allowing for contrasts between those who did and did not evacuate. In this paper, we describe evacuation rationales for Irma/Tampa and explore the replicability of methods and content across Gulf Coast regions and storms.