This week is “Hurricane Preparedness Week” in North Carolina, so says Governor Easley. The proof is here.
So let’s look at some Hurricane related polling data. The article linked above cites a recent Mason Dixon Poll of hurricane afflicted states. The article claims that the poll “indicate[s] that most North Carolinians are not concerned about or prepared for major storms during this hurricane season.” That’s not really true. The poll showed that people across the hurricane afflicted region (Gulf and East Coast states) were not concerned or prepared, but not North Carolina specifically.
I like to think that North Carolinians are smarter.
In fact, I remember watching a Weather Channel report one day from one of those traveling reporters leading up to a hurricane who was discussing how impressed he was with North Carolina’s coastal residents. They were taking the threat seriously, and were boarding up their homes and business and planned to evacuate, while South Carolina residents took the threat less seriously. I was proud.