NPR logo

The Logic and Logistics of Mass Evacuations

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4845125/4845126" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
The Logic and Logistics of Mass Evacuations

U.S.

The Logic and Logistics of Mass Evacuations

The Logic and Logistics of Mass Evacuations

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4845125/4845126" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mass evacuations are a monumental undertaking. As was apparent in New Orleans, they are not just about moving people from one place to another. They require equipping shelters with appropriate food and medical supplies, ensuring that security forces are where they are most needed, engineering traffic routes out of the region to prevent gridlock and, of course, educating the public so they know when and where to go.

And even with all that planning, some residents may still refuse to leave. What lessons does the Katrina evacuation hold for the future?

Guests:

Laura Sullivan, NPR reporter

John Sorensen, distinguished researcher at the Oakridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tenn.

Guy Daines, former emergency management director for Pinellas County, Fla.

Fred May, professor of emergency management, Jacksonville State University in Alabama

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.