CNN has an article about people staying behind in New Orleans despite evacuation orders. Some key quotes:
“The thing is… most people don’t have cars to leave, don’t have money for gas. Pay for a hotel for that long? I mean, you have to do whatever you have to do, and I guess I’m gonna stay and work.” [--Michael Kennedy, dishwasher]
“If I left, I’ll probably lose my job,” said Jeremiah O’Farrell, another dishwasher who is staying put. “I really don’t have anywhere to go if I could leave.”
[Ninth Ward resident Sidney] William wants desperately to leave his native New Orleans to avoid Gustav. He didn’t leave for Katrina because he didn’t have the money. He won’t talk about what happened to him during that storm.
“I wish I had the money to go.” Rejected for disability subsidies, he depends on his 23-year-old daughter, Gloria, to support the family.
From an AP article on the mandatory evacuation:
About two dozen Hispanic men gathered under oak trees near Claiborne Avenue. They were wary of boarding any bus, even though a city spokesman said no identity papers would be required.
“The problem is,” said Pictor Soto, 44, of Peru, “there will be immigration people there and we’re all undocumented.”
Unlike Katrina, when thousands took refuge inside the Superdome, there will be no “last resort” shelter, and those who stay behind accept “all responsibility for themselves and their loved ones,” said the city’s emergency preparedness director, Jerry Sneed.
Brownfemipower has a post up about how you can help low-income women of color and their families and prisoners who need to be evacuated. If you have any other information on how to help, please leave it in comments.
Shapelings in the area, you and your families are in our thoughts.