Author(s): Rincon E, Linares MY, Greenberg B, Rincon E, Linares MY, Greenberg B
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the hypothesis that having experienced a major hurricane will promote better preparedness for future ones. A survey was conducted in November 1999 at Miami children's Hospital. No statistical differences were found between the population that was present in Dade County during hurricane Andrew and the one that was not; in regard of the possession of a generator at home, the obtaining of material to secure their home, the presence of hurricane shutters, the willingness to evacuate their home in case of advise. Only 37\% of the families that experienced hurricane Andrew would go to a shelter versus 49\% for the families that did not ( P<.05). It was concluded that we can safely reject the hypothesis that having experienced a major hurricane will promote better preparedness for future ones. Those who experienced hurricane Andrew were less willing to go to a shelter compared with the group that did not.
This article was published in Am J Emerg Med
and referenced in Journal of Geography & Natural Disasters