In the wake of Hurricane Irma, homeless people and their advocates in Florida are complaining that:
- Some were turned away from shelters
- Some were separated from other evacuees via yellow wristbands
- Some were otherwise ill-treated during the crisis
A record 72,000 Floridians sought refuge from the storm in early September at nearly 400 shelters.
Many of the complaints have been blamed on:
- Sheer magnitude of the disaster
- Crush of people needing shelter immediately
- Inadequate state and local emergency planning
The response varied by county.
In Miami, over 700 homeless were picked up and taken to shelters, but in Volusia County, officials were accused of turning evacuees away with no explanation.