Originally Posted by svnipp
The individual being quoted here isn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer... Very, VERY few states plan for, and need to plan for, hurricanes.
The number of states which can experience hurricanes is not "very, VERY few", as you claim. Here they are, running from West to East: HI, TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY, CT, RI, VT, NH, and ME.... That list approaches half the number of states in the Union....and on top of that, there's Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam. The total population of these coastal states and territories with an immediate threat from landfalling hurricanes is about 160 million, or more than half of the total population of the US. Furthermore, hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, or half the year. Occasionally, a rogue storm can hit out of season.
In addition, other states adjacent to these, but without a coastline can occasionally get hit hard from the more powerful storms' wind field penetrating well inland, or flooding from the intense rain which often accompanies decaying tropical systems which have run inland. Furthermore taking history into consideration the human and economic loss from hurricanes is undoubtedly in the increase. 9 of the 10 most costly storms to ever impact the United States have happened since the year 2000... the other was Andrew in 1992.
I would contend that to be prepared for, and educated about, hurricanes and tropical storms - as regards these large areas and populations that are at risk, is a sensible course of action.