My point was that natural disasters are a part of life ANYWHERE one chooses to live.
My family and I evacuated to Houston during Hurricane Katrina and we though "Hey, we're safe here." Then here came Hurricane Rita and we watched Houstonians pile into their cars and create the biggest traffic jam in history as they ran from that storm. Their fear? The natural floodplains in the city due to the bayous upon which Houston was built.
Does that mean Houston is not safe?
Using natural disasters as an excuse to be cautious in your business dealings is foolish. You cannot predict the future and you can't say when there'll be another Great Chicago Fire or super nor'easter that dumps 20 feet of snow on Boston. Should we forget those 2 cities and force those folks to leave?
If George Shinn and David Stern want to hedge their bets in case another Katrina comes up and finishes New Orleans, then they're being the biggest pair of cowards in history.