Nasty Weather Even Without a Hurricane
I've spent much of the past day and a half dealing with Emergency Management in the city where I work to establish shelter operations for several apartment complexes that were flooded by a combination of heavy rain and high tide.
I think that far more people would take it upon themselves to prepare if they could get a look inside a public disaster shelter. It's crowded. People have varying levels of patience and understanding. Hygiene is not at its best. You have no privacy. The person in the cot next to you might be an addict or alcoholic in withdrawl, a sex offender, or other undesirable. If you get a cot, you might be one of the lucky ones.
I do understand that some people are unable, for what ever reason, to prepare on their own. It is for those people, that the rest of us who are able-bodied and able-minded have what I believe is a moral obligation to prepare. By being prepared, we free up limited public resources for those who can't.