Jim Judkins is one of the officials in charge of evacuating the Hampton Roads region around Newport Beach, VA in case of a hurricane. His unique method of helping concretize the reality of storm danger for reluctant evacuees is as follows:
Instead of relying on a “Good Samaritan” policy — the fantasy in New Orleans that everyone would take care of the neighbors — the Virginia rescue workers go door to door. If people resist the plea to leave, …rescue workers give them Magic Markers and ask them to write their Social Security numbers on their body parts so they can be identified.
“It’s cold, but it’s effective,” Mr. Judkins explained.