Poll: Gulf coast, Northeast still unprepared for hurricane season

MIAMI (AP)_Most residents along East and Gulf coasts don't plan to take simple steps to protect themselves and their homes from hurricanes.

That's according to a Mason-Dixon poll released today.

One in four residents say they didn't feel at all vulnerable to hurricanes. They also believe they could evacuate flood-prone areas 30 minutes to an hour before a hurricane made landfall.

The poll also reports that a majority of those surveyed thought masking tape could help stop windows from shattering _ which is a myth.

The telephone poll surveyed 11-hundred adults from April 20th through the 26th in 12 coastal states from Maine to Texas. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June first and runs through November.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.