We thank the Miami Center for Independent Living, Ask Miami, focus group participants, J. Demuth, O. Wilhelmi, B. Orlove, and reviewers for their time and contributions. This research was supported by National Science Foundation Award 0838702, which was jointly funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Views and opinions in this paper are those of the authors.
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Although focus group questions focused primarily on communication of information, some groups talked also about hurricane response.
Although linguistic and cultural factors influence the receipt and comprehension of and response to hurricane information (e.g., Perilla at al. 2002), we decided to not specifically study Spanish-speaking populations because of the prevalence of Spanish-language media in the Miami area.
While this study carries a bias toward people who engage with these facilities, we think that the insights are broadly relevant for communicating hurricane risk information.
The focus group interview protocol is available by request from the corresponding author.