Human Response to Vertical Shelters "An Experimental Note"

November 1984 (VOL. 2, NO. 3)

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As both coastal population and coastal evacuation times increase, there is a need to consider the vertical evacuation option. This research examines the changes a "vertical shelter" option might introduce in decisions to evacuate. It focuses on two possible human behavior problems associated with the use of "vertical shelters." Problem one is whether the existence of a "vertical shelter" option will inhibit large numbers of people from evacuating horizontally. Problem two is whether the existence of a "vertical shelter" option will encourage people to delay their decisions to evacuate outside the threatened area.