Hurricane Evacuation Survey Of Outer Banks Begins

State and federal emergency officials will survey hundreds of Outer Banks residents to find out if they would ever evacuate for a hurricane.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported (http://bit.ly/133MCx3) officials will use the information to calculate evacuation times.

Allan McDuffie of the Army Corps of Engineers says the information will be given to local emergency management officials by October.

A 2002 study showed that fewer than a third of Outer Banks residents evacuated before some of the largest storms of the 1990s. When Hurricane Emily struck in 1993 with winds of 115 mph, prompting a countywide evacuation order, only 32 percent complied.

The telephone survey begins Monday and will include questions such as whether the resident evacuated in the past or would in the future.