Florida is increasingly afraid of hurricanes but not prepared to protect themselves

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Florida is increasingly afraid of hurricanes but not prepared to protect themselves A resident rescues belongings after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Key Marathon to the south of the state of Florida (USA). EFE / Archive

 Miami, .- 92% of Floridians declare to be concerned about the hurricane season that begins on June 1 and 19% of them indicate that their fear of hurricanes is greater this year than the past, although they do little to be better protected, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

That greater worry, consequence of which Florida was affected in the last three years by Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Michael, hurricanes of greater category that according to official data caused damages by 200,000 million dollars, has not been translated in a greater conscience of the need to be ready.

The survey conducted by AAA, the largest motorist organization in the country with 59 million members, indicates that almost a quarter of Floridians are not preparing for the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Although 79% say they are willing to comply with evacuation orders and leave their homes, there is a 21% who recognizes that they will ignore them.

Even among those willing to evacuate, 62% said that they would only do so if it were a category 3 cyclone up (the scale goes up to five).

According to the US National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), for the 2019 season is expected the formation of between two and four major category hurricanes in the Atlantic basin.

According to the forecasts released on May 23, could be recorded from 9 to 15 tropical storms and between 4 and 8 hurricanes, of which between 2 and 4 would be category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

“If something has taught us the last seasons is the importance of being prepared,” says Peter Corrigan, president of the Auto Club insurance company, one of the groups in which AAA is divided.

Corrigan indicates that although weather can not be controlled, precautions can be taken to protect ourselves, such as having a kit with storm supplies, an evacuation plan or adequate insurance coverage, including floods, which are the “number one disaster” “of the country, according to AAA.

Although 57% of Floridians say they are concerned about the possibility of flooding the house and 19% have experienced that experience, 73% do not have specific insurance for that.

The survey was conducted on the Internet to 400 Floridians between April 3 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus / minus 5.5%. (EFEUSA)

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