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USF study: Floridians less likely to evacuate to shelter this hurricane season amid COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 15:31:15-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Researchers with the University of South Florida are finding out how Floridians feel about this hurricane season.

In a statewide survey, researchers found that most Floridians would be less likely to go to a shelter this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, researchers found that nearly half of the participants responded that the pandemic would not affect their decision to evacuate.

Only 15 percent of the survey participants reported being less prepared this year because of the pandemic. With money being an issue for many across the country, more than a third of the survey participants reported having less than $1,000 to cover unexpected emergency expenses.

Below are the findings from the USF survey: