Monday, May 09, 2005

Poll finds coastal residents ill-prepared for hurricane season

Source: WIS-TV (Columbia, SC)

Despite the five hurricanes that slammed into the US last year, a lot of residents along the East and Gulf Coasts apparently aren't making basic preparations in case another big one hits.

A Mason-Dixon poll indicates most people in those areas don't plan to take even simple steps to protect their families and homes from a hurricane. And one-fourth of the people surveyed say they don't feel vulnerable at all.

The poll exposes some dangerous myths. One in four people believe they could leave low-lying areas just an hour or less before a hurricane hits, and more than half of those surveyed say masking tape can stop glass from shattering. Experts say that's not true.


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