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Why Did They Stay?: Perspectives On Katrina Survivors' "Choice" To Stand Their Ground Or Evacuate

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Executive Summary

Hurricane Katrina precipitated two different sets of experiences - those lived by the people who scrambled to evacuate and those endured by the survivors who stayed behind. Those who stayed behind to weather the storm left an indelible mark on the American psyche. In the richest nation in the world, thousands of people were stranded on rooftops, hospitals looked like war zones, and survivors overwhelmed New Orleans' Superdome. Perhaps shockingly, the people who stayed behind to weather the storm have been blamed for their unenviable situation.

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