I'm really quite disturbed by the lack of foresight. Luckily, I didn't have to emotionally deal with the brunt of that ignorance because my suitemates are bright individuals who worked together quite well on the cusp of evacuation. Nonetheless, even some of my friends were doing some things that I simply can't comprehend alongside the knowledge that they must, to some extent, care for their own well-being.
Nobody stockpiled any food. The people that did stockpile food grabbed meat in tupperware, which would obviously stay fresh when the power went out.
No consideration for who to actually listen to in a disaster situation. When people wanted to know if the dining hall would be open, they asked the cafeteria workers on Sunday, before the sky even began to drizzle. Then they stick to their guns that the dining hall would remain open throughout the hurricane.
After power went out, people were watching movies on their laptops, rather than saving that energy to charge their phones. They believed that they'd be able to go into work the day after, drawing their conclusions on the word of their bosses.
When people wanted to know whether they'd have classes, what information did they use? The notice posted on Sunday night, which can possibly take into account the devastation of the aftermath.
Finally, the singular factoid that bothers me most:
There was no plan in place for a disaster like this. Zero planning. The RAs were totally touch and go, despite the fact that this type of situation was completely foreseeable: when we originally lost power, we were told that evacuation was a possibility. A considerable amount of time later, we were told to go to the first floor lounge with a bag of evac necessities. Turns out that another dorm needed to evacuate and use that same space, so after 5 minutes, backup power went on and we were turned back upstairs. After a few minutes, emergency power went off again and we were told to go to the second floor to be with an RA. Then, after half an hour of conversation, we went back up to our own floors and were given notice that we might be waken up at any time in the night and given 30 seconds to leave our room.
The only unsafe action that I wholeheartedly support is a surge of people going into the hurricane for fun. I completely support the decision to fully experience the hurricane for its full natural value. It's the only course of action that was actually reasonable, because it is the only one made under the assumption that the hurricane is actually a force to be reckoned with.
On a more personal note, I don't believe I'll be forgetting this hurricane any time soon. It just so happens that this was the year in which my yellow lab, Sandy, passed away.