ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Thu July 11, 2013

State to conduct survey of coastal resident's evacuation habits

Emergency management officials are embarking on a month-long project examining hurricane evacuation behaviors.

Over the next month interviewers will call hundreds of coastal residents asking them about their past actions and future plans when evacuation orders are issued. The state did a similar study in 2003. But with the state’s population expanding more than 15 percent since that time… and many of those new residents having not experienced a hurricane… the state wants to get new information. Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan says knowing how residents receive evacuation information… and then what they do with it… will help the department better coordinate and allocate resources. Each interview will take about 15-to-20 minutes. I’m George Olsen.