Well, I also agree with pink*peanut. It does seem that the nation as a whole could have saved a lot of money and resorces if those people had only done what they were told and even just walked to higher ground out of town. But I hear from people down there that they've had so many threts of "The Big One" coming that it's like the story of the boy who cried wolf. So many people thought it was just going to be a small storm no matter how many people told them to leave. Sad, too.
My brother is leaving WA State in a few days with the National Guard to help down there. I hope that conditions improve rapidly for the refugees and the people there helping out!!