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November 1, 2012

Survey: Americans Not Disaster Prepared

Don’t Wait For the Next Storm to Get Ready.

Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with a deadly fury. The destructive storm left millions in the dark, flooded entire communities, paralyzed the New York City subway system, and claimed more than 70 lives in eight states.  After a staggering natural disaster like Sandy, emergency responders and cleanup crews work hard to save lives and restore order. In fact, a majority of Americans have faith that local authorities will come to their rescue in an emergency.

But individuals can make an enormous difference during and before a disaster. Sadly, many of us aren’t as prepared as we should be.

According to a recent national survey by Wakefield Research for Adelphi University for Health Innovation, many U.S. adults do not have resources or plans in place to cope with a disaster. Consider the survey data below a call to action.

  • 44% don’t have first-aid kits
  • 52% have not prepared copies of crucial documents
  • 53% don’t have a minimum 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water at home
  • 55% believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52% of parents have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated from their children during an emergency.

Basic disaster preparations pay off. To weather the next storm, get ready now.