CHARLESTON, S.C. - Residents along the South Carolina coast are getting mail this week - a research survey on how they make plans to evacuate if there is a hurricane.
The survey is being conducted by geographers from the University of South Carolina, planners at the state Emergency Management Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The surveys should be in residents' mail boxes early this week. A pre-addressed and stamped return envelope is included so the surveys can easily be returned.
Residents in Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties are receiving the questionnaire.
Susan Cutter is the director of USC's Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Cutter says better understanding people's behavior before a storm is critical to emergency planners.