NC passed this law earlier this year and it takes effect Oct. 1.
A new law means you could be fined and charged with a crime if you don't pack up and leave when local emergency management officials issue a mandatory evacuation order.
The General Assembly passed the legislation earlier this year. It goes into effect October 1. The law makes it a class-two misdemeanor to not leave when you're ordered to do so.
Those who choose to ride out the storm could face a $1,000 fine and be removed from their home.
Trying to find a better link... it definitely affects people on the coast more, due to hurricanes... it's a big issue here in the Wilmington area, esp the beach towns.
It's a tough one for me... I see why they call for mandatory evacuations, esp of towns like Carolina and Wrightsville Beach where's there's only one bridge out and it's dangerous to cross it once the winds get to a certain point, but should the gov't be able to force you out of your own home if you're willing to assume the liability for your own safety? Not so sure...