Originally posted by FMF
What do people think about this business of mandatory evacuations in a situation like the one Hurricane Irene has created?
What happens to people who refuse to be ordered out of their dwellings?
Are rescue services still expected to risk their lives to save people who stay put?
Are "mandatory evacuation" powers ever raised as evidence of the 'nanny state'?
This link discusses some of your concerns.
"Penalties for refusal. Although not necessarily less resource-intensive, various types of pressures or burdens have also been placed on those who refuse to leave. Local police have often asked those who refuse to evacuate for contact information for next of kin to impress on them the gravity of the risk they were assuming.36 Some legal scholars have recommended this as a more practicable and effective use of police authority.37 Other tactics involve levying financial penalties on people who refuse to obey a mandatory order. North Carolina, for example, holds people who ignore a disaster warning and then must be rescued civilly liable for the costs.38 Most states also specify that violations of the emergency statute are misdemeanors. But there are practical and ethical questions as to whether people should be arrested for failure to evacuate.39 Even when the law allows citizens to be held liable for the costs of rescue efforts, it is not ethically permissible to consider enforcing this measure unless citizens have been fully informed of the consequences of their actions. "
I also found some mention of the state being able to forcibly remove minors. The parents/guardians who refused to evacuate their children could be charged with child endangerment which at least in California could be charged as a felony with imprisonment for two, four, or six years.