ECU Study: People Use TV When Hurricane Threatens

A new study out of East Carolina University says more people in the east rely on television over other media sources when a hurricane is threatening.

More than 1,000 residents of 21 counties were surveyed for the study of hurricane risk information use and emergency communication. TV ranks as the primary source of severe weather information for 95 percent of residents.

Other sources include social networks or word-of-mouth, commercial radio and the internet.

Most participants said that they are prepared for hurricane season, and three out of four reported having a plan.


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  • by hey Location: nc on Aug 31, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    Ya think....thats a no brainer!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    So it's finally determined that without electricity life can't go on? Hmmm??? For you that think the study was a waste of money you ought to look into what you can purchase to follow the weather etc. when there's no internet,tv or electricial power and a hurricane hits! Just how long would you survive in the wilderness???
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    Most people in the world use news on TV to get information. Why is this new? Its not. I feel we can use more studies about how to get TV singals without cable or sat when a storm threatens.
  • by C on Aug 10, 2010 at 02:00 AM
    I'm guilty of this one myself,but for different reasons. I watch TV during hurricanes so I can laugh hysterically at those idiot reporters that stand out on the beach while the storm rages around them ! Note to media people: We don't need convincing. We believe you. Stay indoors.
  • by RUThere? Location: Bertie on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    Now we can no longer get over the air signals on our battery operated TV. What happens when I lose my SAT signal and power goes out. Is anyone making portable sets to help us out in the country??
  • by GBHB on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:26 PM
    is this even newsworthy?
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    You've got to be kidding me! In this economy and ECU waste money on a BS study like this? Someone should loose their job over this one...
  • by Citizen1 Location: NC on Aug 9, 2010 at 07:57 PM
    And how much money was waisted to figure out this really important piece of information? What a joke!!
  • by cornhole on Aug 9, 2010 at 07:31 PM
    really? I would have never thought of that. Good study ECU
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