In this very moment, when the US is facing a severe weather, followed by hurricane strikes, while people are preparing for a disaster, how can someone tweet this?
— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) September 6, 2017
When the people come to the shelter, they will be welcomed by the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd there. The evacuees will be checked for identification and everyone with a warrant will also be taken to a ‘secure shelter’, the Polk County Jail.
Many political careers have succeeded or ended depending on the way in which they cope with natural disasters. The incapability to bear down the situation during Hurricane Katrina, led Former President George W. Bush and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin into reputation damage. On the other hand, President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie effectively dealing with Superstorm Sandy’s consequences have strengthened their reelection efforts.
Now, while Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and David Clarke have taken a great part in the reclamation of Trump’s campaign, a Florida sheriff with his need of a warrant, has made the preparations for overcoming Hurricane Irma much more complicated.
On the other hand, Texas Governor Greg Abbot, while preparing for Hurricane Harvey, said:
“Our main focus here, in a situation like this, is the safety and security and the protection of life. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure everybody is safe.”
Why would somebody need to check for warrants, when the world around you is about to collapse?
In addition, warrants are issued not only for bigger crimes and violations but also for insignificant charges, such as not paying the parking tickets.
So, when the hurricane is right behind your back, and you are running for your life, the first thing that you will probably get in mind is: Have I paid that ticket 3 years ago?
Therefore, if you find yourself in a situation when you will have to choose whether to fight for your life and run to the shelter, but be put in jail instead, or just to wait and get overwhelmed by the catastrophe, you should think twice before you make the final choice.