Quoting Joshua Worrell from Reddit. This is too true for people not to see (Warning: strong language): “In general response to the many ‘I don’t get why people don’t just move away’ comments, a few things:
1.) Oklahoma City and it’s surrounding area consist largely of three groups of people: The very affluent, who have made their money working in industries that are very heavily tied to local geography and wouldn’t be as profitable elsewhere. The middle class/very poor, which are grouped together because relative to pretty much everywhere else in the U.S., we’re all very poor. Oklahoma has one of (if not THE, as it was a few years ago) lowest costs of living in the United States. It also has one of the highest employment rates. Most people near the OKC metro are people who have jobs, but are underpaid in a state where underpaid means FUCKING UNDERPAID, and cost of living adjustments associated with moving out of state just can’t be accounted for without a hefty promotion. The third group are college students. There are several colleges in the area. The biggest is the University of Oklahoma in Norman (whose meteorology school is even more prestigious than its football team, and the research/advancements in weather technology are helping a hell of a lot of who are intelligent enough [because that’s what this comes down to, right?] to live outside of Oklahoma.) Anyway, moving isn’t easy. Mostly everyone here either can’t afford it, or they’re going to school here.
2.) You understand that the idea of everyone moving out of tornado alley is batshit insane, right? Oklahoma City is the 30th largest city in the United States. It is the focal point of the U.S. energy industry. Underemployment may be a problem, but unemployment is not. The metropolitan area houses 1.2 million people. When we all move based on your advice, are you going to hire us? Or will you resign your current employment so we can take your job? I know for a lot of people, the world doesn’t exist aside from your big fucking city on the coast, but there are a lot of people here. A lot. We’re not talking about 250 people in a trailer park. We’re talking about over a million people in a big metropolitan city.
3.) We have families here, and events like the tornadoes from yesterday and today are very rare. Yeah, it’s tornado alley, but we mostly get a bunch of EF1 and EF2 tornadoes that don’t do any more than knock shingles off a few roofs. For a lot of us, it isn’t worth bailing on your family to avoid the risks of something that you have like a .000001% chance of encountering, anyway.
4.) 51 people are known to be dead, a hell of a lot more are going to be pulled from the rubble, and at least 20 of those 51 people are children. You are the scum growing on the dried shit that has crusted over on the underrim of the Earth’s toilet bowl. Should those 20 kids have moved? Is it their fault? Is the 5 year old kid who drowned in a swimming pool trapped under rubble at fault because she didn’t convince her parents to pick up everything and move? (To be fair, 5 is roughly the latest age you can be when you suggest that picking up and moving to a new state is as simple as it’s been suggested here without sounding like a fucking moron.) This is a tragedy. As a rule, when discussing tragedy (especially with those affected), you don’t condition your input with ‘I know this might sound cold-hearted’ or what the fuck ever.