Here are just a few of the outrageous results.
The Associated Press
Some results from a Mason-Dixon poll on hurricane preparedness. The May 10-15 telephone poll of 1,100 people in 18 states on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
- 78 percent did not know that storm surge posed the greatest potential for a large loss of life, and can cause deaths as far as 20 miles inland.
- 96 percent did not know that garage doors are the structural component most likely to fail during a hurricane.
- 54 percent believed tornadoes only occur within 3 miles of a hurricane's eye. In reality, a hurricane can spawn tornadoes hundreds of miles from its eye.
- 79 percent did not know that storm intensity is the least reliable forecasting projection, and so may not understand that a Category 1 storm can strengthen to a major hurricane by landfall.
- 61 percent have no hurricane survival kit.
- Of those who do pack survival kits, 82 percent pack candles or kerosene lamps - fire hazards.
- 88 percent have not taken any steps to fortify their homes.