This report provides insight into hurricane and sea level rise mitigation for the state, and provides the knowledge and analysis required for informed public sector decision makers. This study focuses on nine metropolitan coastal counties in Florida that exhibit heightened risk from hurricanes and sea level rise due to their growing populations and economic development: Duval, St Johns, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.
Hurricane mitigation is a crucial component of the daily conversation affecting the lives of millions of residents in South Florida. The following report serves to provide insight into hurricane and flood hazard mitigation for the state, and provides the knowledge and analysis required for informed public sector decision makers. The information gathered in this report is fundamental for the thousands of vulnerable communities in South Florida who depend on the efforts of several government inter-agency efforts in order to mitigate the damages faced during and after hurricane season.
The 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Poll is conducted at the beginning of hurricane season, with the data collected in the first two weeks of June. Some interesting findings from the 2021 survey are as follows: First, there has been an increase in risk awareness and preparedness, which fluctuate depending on hurricane threat; Secondly, about a third of Florida homeowners are not aware of the effect of sea level rise or they do not believe they will be affected; And third, there is a growing expectation that government, especially state and local governments, should play a leading role in resilience.
The 2022 Annual Hurricane Preparedness and Mitigation Poll covers research regarding Florida’s 61 coastal counties. The research also provides a detailed focus on the most densely populated counties, which include Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Duval, and St. Johns counties. The 2022 survey covers topics such as awareness and experience, the insurance market, risk reduction, evacuations, and government measures for the mitigation of loss.
Beginning in 2006, the FIU Jorge M Perez Metropolitan Center has conducted an annual hurricane preparedness and mitigation poll for the Florida legislature. This telephone survey has been conducted each year among residents of the 61 coastal counties in Florida during the first two weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season.
In addition to capturing demographic information of respondents, the poll covers topics like awareness and experience, the insurance market, risk reduction, evacuations, and government measures for loss mitigation. In some years, some questions have varied. For instance, changes to the most recent iteration of the survey include the removal of COVID-19-specific questions and the addition of a question on government cost reimbursement and responses to insurance cost increases. Although some of our research topics vary over time, this poll is the longest-running survey of Florida resident attitudes towards hurricane preparedness and most questions have remained unchanged.