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Education a Key to Hurricane Evacuations, City Finds: Although its report is not final, the New York City Office...

Education a Key to Hurricane Evacuations, City Finds: Although its report is not final, the New York City Office...

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times Cornelia Taylor decided to stay in her Queens apartment during Hurricane Irene. Of the 370,000 New York City residents ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irene approached last Aug. 28, only about half chose to leave home, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management. “You can’t force people to go,” said Joseph F. Bruno, commissioner of the emergency agency. “People have to make that decision.” His agency is still working on a report about the city’s response to the storm, but some city officials who oversaw evacuations said many residents refused to believe that a hurricane could hit the city. “When you start to talk about storms in New York City, people look at you like you have three heads,” said Margarita Lopez, a member of the board of the New York City Housing Authority. “People kept telling us nothing will happen here.” Corneli...

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