Why do people stay put during storms?

Here's what psychology says of the thinking that leaves people unprepared for natural and financial disasters

When Hurricane Florence finally arrives, thousands of residents will find themselves unprepared. Many will find their homes flooded, only to discover they don't carry flood insurance. More will be facing days or weeks without electrical power and insufficient supplies.

Some will have chosen not to evacuate despite warnings to do so and may lose their lives because of these mistakes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline 'Why do people stay put during storms?'. Print Edition | Subscribe