Irma impacts families differently based on SES

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

New reports by major news outlets highlight the inequalities caused by social class when attempting to survive a natural disaster.

In Fort Lauderdale, FL, for example, wealthy individuals were able to be well-prepared for the hurricane. They were bale to afford supplies to stock up, even when the prices of those items increased. They were also able to pay sometimes exorbitant prices for a ticket to leave the area.

People with less resources were often times left to wait out the storm in the best way they could. Some individuals, especially those without cell phones or computers, had trouble getting information and had to take to the streets to find out what shelters, if any, were open.

“The idea that the rich people could do things to escape and save their lives but the poor people couldn’t really bothers me,” said freshman Kameran Gaynor, who first read about the inequality in his English class. “The rich should be doing more to help the poor in this case.” His classmate, freshman Noah Ankli, agreed with him. “It’s not fair that how much money you have should determine if you survive something like this or not,” he said.