AAA survey shows Floridians are reluctant to evacuate during COVID-19

Orlando, Fla. — Given the choice to stay at home and risk a hurricane or be at risk of COVID-19 - many Floridians say they will consider staying home.

Forty two percent of Floridians surveyed by AAA said that they are less likely to evacuate for a storm this year over fears of contracting the new coronavirus.

In fact, 29% said they would not leave their homes if they were warned to evacuate, but that number decreased with the intensity of the storm.

Eighty percent said they would leave for a Category 2 hurricane or greater.

A third of those questioned did tell pollsters they are more concerned about hurricanes this season than they were last year, but the survey showed more than half (52%) of residents do not have an emergency plan.

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