Red Cross/Weather Channel survey finds half of New York and New Jersey coastal residents likely to take action to prepare because of Sandy
Less than a year after Superstorm Sandy, a new survey shows nearly half of New York and New Jersey residents of coastal counties said Sandy has encouraged them to take more steps to prepare for this hurricane season.
The survey by the American Red Cross and The Weather Channel, taken earlier this month of 1,412 residents of coastal counties from Texas to Maine, found that coastal residents of New York and New Jersey, which were hardest hit by Sandy last October, were most likely to take action to prepare for a hurricane this season.
The survey found that 56 percent of New York and New Jersey coastal respondents were very or somewhat concerned they could be in harm’s way of a hurricane in 2013, similar to the overall figure of 58 percent for all respondents from the coastal states.
While Superstorm Sandy raised awareness of the need to prepare, overall the survey reveals little evidence that people in any of the coastal areas have actually taken the necessary steps, even as forecasters are predicting a busy 2013 hurricane season.
The poll revealed that 49 percent of New York and New Jersey coastal residents surveyed said their Sandy experience has caused them to take more steps to prepare for hurricanes this year. In contrast, only about one in five coastal residents in the Gulf Coast (21 percent) and Southern Atlantic Coast (22 percent) said that Superstorm Sandy encouraged them to take more steps, compared to one in four (27 percent) New England coastal residents.
“New York and New Jersey have been hit with hurricanes in the past two years with Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012, and it’s time for people here to get ready now for the 2013 hurricane season,” said Josh Lockwood, regional CEO, American Red Cross Greater NY. “People can create a family evacuation plan, get needed supplies and medications, and download a free Red Cross hurricane app.”
Among those in New York and New Jersey coastal counties, 62 percent had emergency supplies of water, food and medicine, 58 percent had a small disaster kit, 45 percent had a family plan on how to communicate in an emergency, 36 percent had an established meeting place if family members were separated, 29 percent had practiced their emergency plan, 30 percent had taken First Aid or CPR training in the past five years and 33 percent had volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a disaster. About 12 percent had taken none of the preparedness steps.
About one in five (21 percent) of New York and New Jersey survey respondents say they live in an area that is likely to flood in a hurricane or heavy rain. This is less than the 36 percent in the Gulf Coast counties and 26 percent in the South Atlantic counties, but more than the 12 percent in New England counties.
Other key overall survey findings include:
The Red Cross and The Weather Channel urge everyone to update their family evacuation plan, emergency preparedness kit and get better prepared for this hurricane season:
Red Cross and Weather Channel resources and tools can help make preparedness easier:
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More on what to do before, during and after a hurricane can be found at: redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane.
Telephone survey of 1,412 U.S. adults 18 years and older residing in coastal counties from Maine to Texas. Survey conducted in May 16-22, 2013 by Issues and Answers. Margin of error is +/-2.6 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
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