Americans not prepared for disasters

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Americans not prepared for disasters
Mon, 07-23-2012 - 8:23am

According to this Health Day News article, in a recent survey, Americans reportedly are not preparing for disasters despite the all the news coverage of the most recent ones. "The findings suggested that Americans have a false sense of security. Although the researchers found that more than 53 percent of Americans do not have a three-day supply of nonperishable food and water in their home, those surveyed believe they can survive in their homes for an average of 16 days in the event of a disaster.

The poll also revealed that 55 percent of Americans think they can rely on local authorities to come to their rescue when disaster strikes." MORE 

So, do you have a three-day supply of nonperishable food and water in your home? What else is in your emergency kit?


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 11:45am

We do keep at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand at all times. The storms a few months ago that took out power to millions for days in the miserable heat had me and my husband both going over our supplies to make sure we had what we needed to make it.

Along with some canned goods and bottled water, we have candles, batteries, a battery operated radio and fan, first aid supplies, a land line phone that doesn't require electricity, an extra cannister of propane for the grill and a deck of cards.

It really is surprising at how many people aren't prepared especially with the frequency with which disasters seem to be happening lately.


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 11:55am

I'm glad to say I'm one of the prepared. A lifetime of living with the threat of hurricanes will do that to a person! We have a week's supply of non-perishable food and water, plus two fully stocked first aid kits, batteries and a generator, with extra fuel stored safely away. My deep freezer is also stocked with food and extra bottles of frozen water to help keep things cool, should we lose power.

The reality is that in a disaster, even if the local officials want to come to your rescue, quite often, they just can't make it to you in time. So, you have to do the best you can to be prepared. It's also a time for neighbors to help neighbors; living in a rural area, we tend to look out for one another as much as possible.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 7:17pm

Good point about that land line phone! And we also have two of those hand-rank weather radios  (freebies for donating to NPR!) that have cell phone chargers and flashlights built in! And we also have tones of candles, two LARGE first aid kits and games to occupy us, all in our "safe" basement...

I agree about living in hurricane conutry --- it tends to get into your blood that you need emergency supplies!


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-03-2009
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 10:56pm
From what I've seen of disasters the last few years a 3 day supply of food won't do much good. It seems like you'd really need 3 weeks worth.
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