Poll: 38 percent of voters say their community isn't prepared to handle a natural disaster

Thirty-eight percent of voters say that their community isn’t prepared to handle a natural disaster, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday.

The national survey found that voters in certain regions of the U.S., such as the Northeast and West, were more worried about the possibility.

Thirty-six percent of those polled in the Northeast don’t think their communities are prepared for a natural disaster, compared to 42 percent of those in the West.

Another 62 percent expressed confidence in their community-preparedness in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flood. 

The survey comes in wake of a deadly hurricane that ripped through the Bahamas. 

More than 40 people have been reported dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. With thousands of others missing, this death toll is expected to rise.  

Hundreds of Bahamians are now trying to seek refuge in the U.S., but on Monday dozens of were kicked off a ferry headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. over confusion regarding their visas.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE remarked following the incident that the U.S. needs to be “careful” in admitting those who are trying to evacuate the devastation, saying everyone entering the country from the Bahamas must have proper documentation.

“I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be” in the Bahamas, Trump told reporters on the South Lawn at the White House.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted between Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 among a national population of 1,003. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn