Hurricanes, Evacuations and Plymouth Rock Assurance


Hurricanes are a force of nature that cause hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars of damage each year. So why do people ignore hurricane evacuation orders? Plymouth Rock Assurance did a study on why hurricane victims choose to remain in the face of danger, and Accuweather discusses those findings of this study and the opinions of other experts in an article on their website. 

Executive James Stone is the CEO of Plymouth Rock Assurance. He had his company poll over 1,000 New Jersey residents about evacuation after Hurricane Sandy. The result was almost a 50/50 split on whether participants would leave their homes or stay. Decisions to leave by residents affected by the storm cite the severity of the storm as the deciding factor which influences their decision. Expert opinions vary, but the consensus is socioeconomic in nature, and people fear to leave their home for various reasons. They identify with their home, and they show an unwillingness to leave due to the possibility of vandalism. In many cases, victims feel they could ride it out based on previous experience. Also, because others feel their home is all they have, or feel they have no place else to go. As residents prepare for the coming storm their anxiety grows causing them to make bad decisions. 

In Tom’s River, New Jersey, an inland town, flooding was so severe that rescue workers were called in to perform over 400 rescues in flooded areas during Hurricane Sandy. Dangerous weather conditions not only endanger local residents but also the emergency personnel who stay behind to help. For whichever reason residents decide to stay, experts believe getting more information out there about the threats is a key to evacuation.

James Stone is a Phi Beta Capa Harvard graduate with and holds his Ph.D. in economics. He sits on the board of the Boston Globe and the Global Post. Mr. Stone is a New York resident, and he is married to environmentalist Cathleen Douglas Stone. He is the author of “One Way for Wall Street.”

Check Local Laws before Using Airbnb

For individuals who love travel, Airbnb is a website that has allowed them to experience travel in a whole another way. Basically, an individual can look for inexpensive places to say in more than 190 countries around the world. However, they are usually not going to stay in typical hotels or hostels. They are going to stay with a family or in a private home. Not only has this allowed people to find inexpensive lodging, but it has allowed them to get to know individuals who live in the area where they are traveling. Marcio Alaor BMG knows that for the individuals renting their home, it provides the opportunity to get to know travelers. It seems like a win-win situation.

Individuals who live in New York City may want to find out about laws that pertain to them before they sign up with this home sharing website. A person will want to make sure that they are free of any legal obligations before they earn money sharing their home.

Justice Jack Stoller made a ruling that is going to set a precedent that future landlords could bring against individuals living in rent-stabilized buildings who use this home sharing service. The home sharing service has provided a disclaimer on their website.

Arctic Outbreak to Bring Our Coldest Weather This Year

The Weather Channel reported today that the arctic air will be bringing forth a swell of dreadfully cold air upon the northern hemisphere. America is at risk for undergoing freezing temperatures and possibly winter weather.

Beginning on Monday, this arctic air will set in onto the Northern Rocky Mountains and northern plain states.

An accredited weather website suggests that Fargo, Chicago and Minneapolis will see the worst of the cold weather on Tuesday. Chicago and Minneapolis are predicated to see their first of sub-freezing temperatures of the season. The airports haven’t reported any delays yet, but Sam will be keeping an eye on that.

Most of the highly effected areas will include Canada and most northern parts of the United States such as Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, etc. You can look for the change in temperature in these areas by Wednesday and New York is anticipated to get more chilly next week.

There will be a very cold breeze that comes with this shock of cold air.

This blast can be traced back to a huge storm, reported to be bigger than Hurricane Sandy, that is headed for the state of Alaska. The remains of the Typhoon Nuri, shifted the eastern Asia earlier last week and will slam Alaska with huge ocean waves, high winds, thus dropping temperatures across the US.