John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer (CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I sometimes wonder if my head will explode if I concentrate on the reasons why some people do or don't do certain things.  

Sep 02, 2019 11:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It is totally thoughtless & selfish of those who stay behind, putting others' lives at risk who have to rescue them.

They also take those rescuers away from their own families. 

Sep 02, 2019 11:21 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We did. We went south to Miami. I do recommend the ceviche at the Jaguar Cafe in Coconut Grove.

Sep 02, 2019 11:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

John DL Arendsen I wish you could have been here during our flood. There was no stupidity that I can remember and the community support was nothing short of amazing.

Sep 02, 2019 12:29 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

So agree with you.  Your stupidity makes those who have to rescue you at risk.  Follow the warnings and let everyone stay safe!

Sep 02, 2019 12:45 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I have to agree with you.... those who do not follow instructions during a time of disaster should be ashamed of themselves... at a certain point, there will not be anyone who is able to rescue them... they'll make that known.... it's their choice to stay or go to a shelter... they have no right to put another person in jeopardy because they are "stupid"....

Sep 02, 2019 12:20 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Both the hurricane and the degree that folks are illogical at times are amazing.

Sep 02, 2019 11:20 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Stupid is as Stupid does. 


Sep 02, 2019 02:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many lives will be changed this week.

Sep 02, 2019 02:07 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

If they are telling you to evacuate it's a serious life or death matter. I've never heard of a false alarm evacuation but I have heard of people stuck & waiting to be rescued because they didn't heed the warning. 

Sep 02, 2019 02:02 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

At some point we have to let nature sort them out and make room for the fittest.

Sep 02, 2019 01:14 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

If they're in an evacuation area and refuse to leave, I'd spray paint their homes AND their foreheads to let rescuers know that they are the last people to be considered during rescue operations.  Selfish is the only word that comes to mind.


Sep 02, 2019 12:39 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

As the wife of someone and the mother and mother in law of those who have had to respond and put their lives in harms way to help others during and after natural disasters I completely agree.  My prayers are with those who will work to help and clean up after this storm does it's damage.

Sep 02, 2019 12:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You'll get no argument from me, John. I'm always astounded at the people who think evacuation orders are for everyone else but them.

Sep 02, 2019 11:51 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

That's the sad reality Debe Maxwell, CRS . Can't tell you how many diligent emergency responders sacrificed their lfe over this lack of logic, circuitousness and just total lack of respect for their fellow man.

Sep 02, 2019 11:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I hear ya, John DL Arendsen .  Sad!

Sep 02, 2019 11:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

First responders risk their lives daily to rescue fools from their many foolish choices, not just during storms.

Sep 02, 2019 04:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Most of my friends are safe with the latest report. One set of friends are prepared to go if the storm starts moving north 

Sep 02, 2019 02:47 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What really resides in a person comes out under stress...Mankind needs help

Sep 02, 2019 01:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

We see this with every disaster it seems. Hard to understand!

Sep 02, 2019 01:35 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Most people don't have a clue about how to behave, how to survive, how to do anything for themselves.  They just expect someone else will take care of it.

Sep 02, 2019 01:18 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I am not dumb and I am far from being selfish. I listened to them cry wolf far too many times, I have caught them outright lying too many times and watched them exaggerate the damage way too often to abandon my home and go live in a motel where they are just as likely to get hit as here. At least in my home I have the resources to weather it out.

Rescue workers stop rescuing at 45mph winds so they are not put in danger. I have not heard of any rescue workers ever killed during a rescue operation during a hurricane.

Generalizations have never helped anything.

Sep 03, 2019 06:54 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

We live on a barrier island so always have mandatory evacuation and we take it seriously, evacuated early and glad we did. You can't fix stupid and there are always those who will stay behind despite all the warnings. We see it every evacuation and it is so sad and unnecessary that people risk not only their personal safety but that of the first responders as well. 

Sep 02, 2019 08:05 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  Having had friends have to evacuate people who decided to sit and wait during the fires, I'm with you.

Sep 02, 2019 06:22 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Deep breath John,  we need to spend our energy where it can make a difference.

Sep 02, 2019 06:22 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Purely selfish behavior that risks first responders. On the news, I saw a man who was heading TOWARD Georgia because he wanted to "hunker down and help keep his mama safe." So now there are 2 people to save.

When my friends were in North Carolina being hit with whichever hurricane, the police went door to door and asked people to write their names with sharpie on their arms to help in identification later in an attempt to strong arm them into leaving. That's not cool either.

Sep 03, 2019 03:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am with Michael Jacobs .  It is my way of maintaining my ability to channel Gandhi!

Sep 02, 2019 01:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Indeed - nothing to mess around with. We see similar situations with fires and floods in CA.  People don't want to leave and they either pay the price and die or others are risking their lives to rescue them.  We can't fix stupid. 

Sep 03, 2019 11:53 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

The DUMB and selfish don't take a break due to any disaster.

Sep 03, 2019 09:51 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

You are surprised?

Since when is "common sense" common?  Never! The world is full of stupid people...

My heart does out to the responders who have to try to save these idiots.



Sep 03, 2019 08:18 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I always wondered what made people stay over those who left. I just watched a guy on TV fishing as teh police car drove by announcing mandatory evacutaion

Sep 03, 2019 06:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Many will stay until the last moment possible due to looters coming in and taking advantage of the situation and then there are those who think it will pass. Hoping and praying for the safety of all!

Sep 03, 2019 05:22 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I wish we knew.

Sep 03, 2019 04:24 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It's unfortunate that some individuals don't have the same level of rational thinking as the rest. 

Sep 03, 2019 06:12 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Good luck to those who chose to put their lives, their loved ones lives and the lives of their rescuers in danger.

Sep 03, 2019 05:35 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Sorry to hear it.

Sep 03, 2019 04:02 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Agree that people should evacuate, but we  also have to understand there are MANY people who simply can not afford to do so.  In pride, perhaps they find it  easier to tell others they will stick it out.  Hotels are not cheap, many on fixed  incomes, non-reliable transportation, medical complication, etc.  We are sometimes too quick to  judge.


Sep 03, 2019 01:25 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not to evacuate is just plain dumb.

Sep 21, 2019 06:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think people are weird when it comes to disasters!!!

Sep 06, 2019 11:10 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL


Sep 03, 2019 06:04 PM