Monday 07 November 2011 at 11:20 am
This is the first of the many reports that the Island Free Press will publish about the response to our reader survey on Hurricane Irene.
The survey was posted on our website on Sept. 12. From then until we took it offline on Oct. 24, we had 2,211 responses from Hatteras and Ocracoke residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors.
The survey asked these folks to answer questions about the preparation for and response to the storm. The questions were tailored for residents who stayed on the island, residents who evacuated, non-resident property owners, and visitors.
Survey questions explored the attitude of the respondents to evacuation and preparation and asked them to rate government bodies, utilities, and other agencies involved in the response to the storm.
It is our hope that the responses to the survey will provide information useful to the community and federal, state, and county agencies and other groups involved with hurricane response.
Thursday 03 November 2011 at 09:25 am
The final storm debris pickup on Hatteras is scheduled for next Tuesday, Nov. 8.
After that date, we all hope our highway will once again be a scenic byway – except for the pesky litterbugs tossing out their beer cans and candy wrappers.
But even the old litter will be a better sight than what we and our visitors have had to look at for two months.
The debris that gets piled on the roadside after any storm is always heart-rending, and Hurricane Irene with its destructive storm surge was no exception.
At first, it may be yard debris or docks or the like, then comes furniture, then clothing and toys, then carpeting, then appliances. And, finally, there is all the water-soaked flooring, cabinets, sheetrock, and insulation.
Monday 31 October 2011 at 4:34 pm
Our online newspaper – the first and only one covering Hatteras and Ocracoke – made its debut on Sept. 5, 2007.
Each year since then, I have written a column on that date to thank our readers and advertisers for their support and to keep all of you apprised of the rapid growth in readership.
I didn’t write that column on Sept. 5 this year.