Monday 19 September 2011 at 4:22 pm
In my blog last Tuesday, I asked our readers to let their voices be heard on Hurricane Irene from the preparation to the response by local and state agencies and other organizations.
And did you ever give us a shout out!
In fewer than three days online, at early afternoon Friday, we passed the 1,000-mark in responses.
This morning, just six days since posting, we had 1,312 responses.
Some of our readers have asked for an update on the responses, so here it is.
Monday 12 September 2011 at 4:44 pm
If the hundreds of e-mails that we received before and after Hurricane Irene’s arrival on Hatteras and Ocracoke on Aug. 27 are any indication, all of our readers have an opinion on the preparation for and response to the storm.
That includes residents who stayed, residents who evacuated, non-resident property owners, and visitors to the islands.
Now, we are giving you an opportunity to tell us what you think about your experiences during and after the storm and how well local, state, and federal agencies and other organizations helped you prepare or recover.
Today, we are introducing An Island Free Press Reader Survey: Hurricane Irene Response.
Island Free Press has developed this survey for its readers as a means to capture ideas and opinions directly from our island's stakeholders -- residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors.
Tuesday 06 September 2011 at 5:20 pm
Here at Island Free Press, we have been overwhelmed with e-mails and comments from readers who want to know when they can get back to Hatteras to check their property and when they can get on Hatteras and Ocracoke for their planned vacations.
Dare County Emergency Management lines are also ringing off the hook, and folks are calling and e-mailing county officials. Real estate management companies have also been overwhelmed with questions.
The very simple answer right now is that we don’t know the answer to the question.
Ocracoke residents who evacuated returned early last week after the Aug. 27 hurricane. Non-resident property owners were allowed back on Ocracoke last Saturday.
Hyde County has made no announcement about visitors yet, but you can be sure the county officials are discussing the issue right now and conferring with Ocracoke businesses about when they are ready and staffed.